‘Multicultural March’ to keep NSW busy

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After a long break of Christmas and New Year celebrations, 2104 started with the celebrations of Australian day, Indian Republic day and recently the Chinese New year which kept every one busy.

Continuing with the celebrations, the NSW government is gearing up for   ‘Multicultural March’- a month assigned to celebrate the Multiculturalism of NSW with activities by different cultural communities.

Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities today launched the ‘Multicultural March’, a month-long celebration of one of the State’s greatest assets – its cultural diversity.

A state-wide calendar of events including concerts, street markets, sports competitions and film screenings was also released on the occasion.

Dominello while speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of multiculturalism in Australia and  said , “With over a quarter of our citizens born overseas and 200 languages spoken here, we live in one of the most multicultural societies in the world”.

Multicultural March is a time for everyone in NSW to experience new cultures and celebrate our unique diversity. By celebrating our differences, we grow our understanding of each other and strengthen our Australian identity Dominello said.

Multicultural March complements national Harmony Day on 21 March, with the NSW Government’s two major events bookending local celebrations including the Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards on 13 February and    Premier’s Harmony Dinner on 10 April.

The Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards recognises the important role ethnic media plays in our community whereas the Premier’s Harmony Dinner a significant event in the multicultural community with the winners of the Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals and inductees to the Honour Roll announced.

Even the local councils are hosting a series of exciting events, including a Bollywood Movie Night in Camden, A Carnivale Festival in Queanbeyan, the Colourfest Multicultural Film Festival in Warringah and Brazilian drumming and Latin American dance lessons in Hawkesbury.

“We want everyone to be a part of Multicultural March, so we especially encourage the public to come along to the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, the grand finale of our month-long celebration. It will be an evening of colourful celebration which brings together religious, multicultural and youth leaders, business and NGO representatives, Consuls-General, local councillors and MPs,” Dominello said.

The Community Relations Commission is responsible for organising the two major events.

New CRC Chair Vic Alhadeff said, “Multicultural March is a reminder that apart from the First Australians, we are all immigrants and our Australian identity is made up of 170 different cultures”.

“I urge everyone to seize this opportunity to participate in activities that will broaden their understanding of the diverse cultural communities which make up Australia,” Alhadeff said.

The Premier’s Harmony Dinner is proudly supported by Platinum Sponsor, B1 Group and Gold Sponsors, Commonwealth Bank and Village Plaza Shepherds Bay. Tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW is also a strategic partner.

A full calendar of local activities and information about purchasing tickets to the Premier’s Harmony Dinner is available at the Multicultural March website: www.multiculturalnsw.com.au

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