NSW Government partners with 15 councils to host major cultural events and festivals


Mark Coure – Minister of Multiculturalism, Minister of Seniors
Wendy Tuckerman – Minister of Local Government

Monday, November 7, 2022

to host major multicultural events and festivals in partnership with the NSW Government.

Multiculturalism Minister Mark Coure said each partnership with the councils will help make their events bigger tourist attractions and engines of the local economy.

“Having 21 different multicultural events hosted by 15 councils across the six city regions of the state is a testament to NSW’s rich cultural and religious diversity,” Mr Coure said.

“This funding will help each of these councils take their events and festivals to the next level.”

Blacktown City Council
Campbelltown City Council
City of Canterbury-Bankstown
Cumberland City Council
Georges River Board
Western Interior Council
Macquarie Lake Town Council
Liverpool City Council
Maitland Town Council
City of Newcastle
Port Stephens Council
Shellharbour Town Council
Strathfield Council
Willoughby Town Council
Wollongong City Council

Local Government Minister Wendy Tuckerman said the partnerships will be a real win for residents and visitors to local communities.

“Local councils are the level of government closest to the community, so the NSW government working directly with councils in our six towns will ensure these celebrations directly benefit their communities,” Ms Tuckerman said.

“By partnering with councils, we’re boosting local cultural celebrations led by local leaders, helping to accommodate larger crowds so tourists can experience all that their city has to offer.”

The six-city regions include Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, Central Coast City, Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbor City.

Successful councils can use the funding for festivals in 2023 and 2024. All successful councils will partner with the NSW Government and co-fund the staging of events. For more information, visit www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au

MEDIA: Scott Hoder | Minister Couré | 0455 094 282

Damien Bolté | Minister Tuckerman | 0498 359 624

Funding recipients include:

Advice Festival Two-year funding
Liverpool City Council African Cultural Festival of the Fatherland Pacific Summer Primavera Latin American Festival $800,000
Cumberland City Council Lunar New Year Ramadan Street Food Festival Diwali $700,000
Willoughby Town Council Lunar New Year Gay-mariagal Festival Emerge Festival $980,000
Strathfield Council Strathfield Festival $468,000
Western Interior Council Culture X Ashfield $137,454.80
City of Canterbury Bankstown Nights of Ramadan Lakemba $1,000,000
Wollongong City Council DancePlant Festival $625,000
Port Stephens Council Winter heat Terrasse Raymond $100,000
Shellharbour Town Council Cultural Treasures – Enchanted Forest $400,000
Blacktown City Council The flavors of Blacktown $500,000
City of Newcastle New Annual $400,000
Georges River Board The Festival of Good Taste with the Lunar New Year $240,000
Maitland Town Council Maitland Riverlights Multicultural Festival $650,000
Campbelltown City Council Campbelltown Ramadan Night Markets $600,000
Macquarie Lake Town Council Live Smart Festival Weekend $400,000

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