Supporting COVIDSafe Multicultural Events In Hawthorn

The Andrews Labor Government is helping even more multicultural and multifaith communities hold events to celebrate their culture and traditions, including here in Hawthorn.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced $750,000 for 205 community organisations across the state to deliver COVIDSafe multicultural festivals and events held between now and the end of June.

It includes $5,525 for AHEPA Victoria to run their AHEPA Victoria Bi Centenary Lectures in May, and $2,000 for Auburn Road Centre, to run their ARK Centre JCM Podcast event in April.

Other events include the Melbourne Italian Fiesta and SalamFest, alongside smaller events like the Geelong Nepalese Association’s Holi Festival, which is expected to attract around 200 people.

All events will adhere to COVIDSafe settings, with many organisations choosing to continue hosting digital events.

With Victoria’s iconic entertainment and events industry impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, this funding aims to support the safe return of festivals and events to the state’s cultural calendar and support the revitalisation of our economy.

The Labor Government is also delivering on its commitments to Greek and Hindu communities, with $200,000 for events celebrating the bicentenary of Greece’s independence and $50,000 to support various Hindu organisations host events.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence

“Victorians have a lot to celebrate after a very challenging year and the Multicultural Festivals and Events program will support our communities to safely come together and do just that.”

“We know that sharing and preserving culture is part of what makes Victoria such a successful multicultural society – and this will continue.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy

“Victoria is made up of many cultures, languages and traditions – one of the best ways to showcase that is by coming together and sharing that with one another.”

“It is fantastic news to see AHEPA and the Ark Centre supported to hold events for Hawthorn locals to enjoy – I encourage everyone to get involved.”