Multicultural groups encouraged to be part of Rundle Mall festival
South Australian multicultural groups are invited to apply for funding to participate in the state's largest and most diverse multicultural festival.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said up to 80,000 people are expected to visit the 2015 Multicultural Festival in Rundle Mall on 1 November.
"The 2015 Multicultural Festival will showcase our state's cultural diversity with performances and displays by up to 80 different groups," she said.
"South Australia is home to many cultures, with people arriving here from more than 200 countries.
"The Multicultural Festival is an amazing opportunity to showcase and celebrate this diversity in a welcoming and harmonious way."
Ms Bettison said grants are now open for groups interested in participating in the festival.
"These grants contribute towards the costs associated with participating in the festival and ensure a broad participation from all communities, including newly-arrived and well-established groups," she said.
The grants support community groups to participate with a performance, other activity or a stall.
"In 2013 more than 70 groups – including musicians from Brazil, Africa, Persia, Japan and Indonesia - joined a variety of dancers and other stall holders. This year we look forward to building on this," Ms Bettison said.
"We look forward to community groups highlighting their innovative and creative sides when applying for the grants.
"We also encourage applicants to showcase traditional and modern expressions of culture such as dance, music and food."
The Multicultural Festival grants will close at midnight on Sunday 14 June 2015. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 31 July 2015.
For further information about applying for a grant or for information about the 2015 Multicultural Festival, please visit www.multicultural.sa.gov.au.