Grants available for 2021 multicultural events

State funding to help festivals return after impacts of COVID-19.

Multicultural festival and event organisers have been invited to apply for State Government grants for 2021. 

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program has a pool of $1 million to share among events around the state, many of which were cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe said multicultural festivals were an important reflection of Queensland’s diversity.

“There is no question that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and these festivals and events are a vibrant, interactive and enjoyable way of celebrating our multiculturalism,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Queensland is home to people from 220 different countries and territories who speak more than 180 languages and identify with over 110 different faiths, and that diversity is well worth celebrating.”

Traditional Greek dance teacher Marissa Papageorge, who oversees performances at the annual Greek Fest Glendi Townsville, said the event was a highlight on the north Queensland events calendar.

“The most important thing is watching the children of the Greek community practicing all year round and then seeing the smiles on their faces when they perform and seeing the smiles on the faces of the broader community watching,” Ms Papageorge said. 

“It’s wonderful to see the children embracing their cultural heritage and the Townsville community embracing it as well.”

Applications can be submitted online until 25 September. Click here for more information.