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2015 Multicultural Festival to showcase SA’s diversity

2015-09-10

Up to 80,000 people are expected to converge on Rundle Mall for the 2015 Multicultural Festival on Sunday, 1 November.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said 62 South Australian multicultural groups have been awarded grants to participate in the festival, the largest of its kind in the state.

"This festival is an opportunity to celebrate South Australia's rich cultural diversity and enjoy the traditions from multicultural communities across the state," Ms Bettison said.

"I've been really impressed by this year's applications and I'm pleased to announce that 46 different ethnicities will have a presence at this year's festival.

"It will be great to see a broad cross section of the community come together to celebrate diversity and learn more about the many cultures that make up South Australia."

Groups from across South Australia were invited to apply for a grant to contribute towards the costs associated with participating in the festival.

"This ensures we have broad participation from all communities, including newly-arrived and well-established groups," she said.

The festival will include more than 40 performances, activities and workshops including dance, music and food, as well as 32 stalls showcasing cultures from around the world."

Highlights include:
* internationally renowned African and Burundian drummers, singers and dancers
* Brazilian Capoeira Martial Art displays combining dance, acrobatics and music
* the vibrant colours and sound of Bollywood and Ukrainian dancers
* Mexican arts and crafts
* Japanese calligraphy and origami.

Earlier this year, the Government announced it would provide an extra $8 million over four years to expand cultural activities, develop community programs and improve infrastructure.

"More than 200 countries and this new funding ensures multicultural groups are resourced to continue their important work of increasing acceptance of different cultures.

"Festivals such as this are an excellent way to showcase and celebrate multiculturalism."

For further information about the 2015 Multicultural Festival, please visit www.multicultural.sa.gov.au.

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