July 3, 2024


The Allan Labor Government continues to support multicultural festivals and events across the state, with significant funding to help multicultural communities celebrate their culture, heritage, and traditions.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that more than 240 organisations will share in $1.8 million through the Multicultural Festivals and Events Program and Regional Multicultural Festivals and Events Fund, including The Swiss Italian Festa in the Hepburn Shire.

This will bring Victorians together to learn about cultural identities and celebrate the vibrant diversity that makes up our state.

Grants will support community organisations to host festivals and events from 1 July to 31 December 2024 to share and celebrate culture, build social connections and to preserve our state’s proud cultural diversity.

The funded organisations represent the diverse cultural landscape of Victoria with 200 ethnicities and more than 70 faith groups supported through the latest round of the Multicultural Festivals and Events program.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested more than $40 million to deliver close to 10,000 multicultural festivals and events across the state.

For more information and to view the full list of successful recipients visit: www.vic.gov.au/multicultural-festivals-and-events-program.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ingrid Stitt

“Ensuring Victoria’s diverse communities have every opportunity to celebrate their culture is key to strengthening social connection, inviting all Victorians to learn about and embrace different cultures.”

“This funding is all about supporting multicultural communities, and fostering a diverse and inclusive society where everyone is celebrated and feels welcome.”

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Congratulations to the team at the Swiss Italian Festa, this local festival celebrates our multicultural community and brings people from across the state to visit our fantastic region”.

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