By Claire Matthews
Queensland will hold a record 211 multicultural celebrations and events in 2021, with new possibilities and local favourites to look forward to.
The events will be funded by the Palaszczuk Government’s Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program, aiming to foster an inclusive, diverse community.
There will be 19 new events, including Durga Puja Festival, Thargomindah Spring Feast and Family Multicultural HungaroFest. Plus, favourites like Luminous Lantern Parade, Toowoomba Languages and Cultures Festival and Buddha Birth Day Festival.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Leanne Linard said these events will showcase Queensland’s cultural diversity and will be a great way to get back out into the community after COVID.
“They are not only great fun with vibrant colour, music, performances and food, they also play an important role in strengthening cross-cultural understanding and inclusion,” Ms Linard said.
“Unfortunately, most multicultural events had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under COVID Safe measures, the successful staging of multicultural events in 2021 will further help Queensland unite and recover.”
Ms Linard said Queensland’s rich cultural, linguistic and religious diversity is worth sharing and celebrating.
“Our state is home to people from 220 different countries and territories who speak more than 180 languages and identify with over 110 different faiths. There’s no doubt that Queensland’s diversity is a success story and is a cause for celebration.”
A total of 211 events will receive funding ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 in 2021.
Discover what multicultural events are coming up in Queensland through the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program calendar.