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Big cuts to Multicultural Festival

By Kerces 2 August 2006 39

Helen Musa in the Canberra Times today reports the Multicultural Festival’s funding is set to be cut by about half.

She mainly quotes Jorian Gardner, because he was the only one of her eight sources who could go on the record (though she appears to have talked to festival director Domenic Mico as well). Mr Gardner has been the director of the Fringe Festival, which looks like it won’t happen at all next year.

Mr Gardner said the 2007 festival’s funding would be between $130,000 and $150,000. In recent years it has had about $280,000 in funding and the total cost, roughly double this, has been made up through sponsorship and ticket sales. In his opinion, the amount named would only be enough to cover the Food and Dance Spectacular and maybe the Greek Glendi (not sure what this is).

Multicultural affairs minister John Hargreaves denied there had been any decisions made about cuts. He told Ms Musa that rumours of drastic cuts in all kinds of areas had been flying round since the June budget and that people should just wait and see what the actual details were (though from what Jorian said, it sounded like some parts of the bureaucracy think its pretty done and dusted).

Mr Hargreaves said he is “determined to bring to the community the biggest and best Multicultural Festival yet”.

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simto 8:34 am 04 Aug 06

The food day is a great idea, and shouldn’t require major re-engineering to remain profitable.

A lot of the more loss-making items, on the other hand, should be looking over their shoulder very carefully. There’s tonnes of events attached to the festival that don’t attract a broad public, and are there largely to make the organisers feel like they’re being arty.

seepi 5:30 pm 03 Aug 06

And so that 30,000 canberrans can have a good day out and an exotic lunch/drink whatever.
The multicultural food day is great. And I’m sure if you wanted to set up with Aussie damper, lamb chops, pavlova etc they would have no problem.

James-T-Kirk 3:18 pm 03 Aug 06

“Love your work Pandy. These same people who don’t want the government to subsidise the festival are the same wankers who want the government to give them a dragway. “

Please don’t make wild assumptions.

1) I don’t really give two hoots about a dragway.
2) I certainly object to the goverment funding things just “so that the community groups can get funding”. What a bloody waste.

Who cares…

Absent Diane 3:00 pm 03 Aug 06

OR

umm well actually i got nothing

VYBerlinaV8 2:54 pm 03 Aug 06

Perhaps we could build a dragway, and then have cars from all over the world compete. Then the different cultures could set up food and dancing stall to support their cars. It might get kind of interesting when the singing has to compete with a burnout, but hey, we all have to make sacrifices.

snahon 2:29 pm 03 Aug 06

If we celebrate multiculture then we are in effect celebrating everyone elses culture. When ever we celebrate multiculture we name those cultures individually and celebrate effectively in isolation – but as part of a “bigger picture”. Either we have an Australian culture (be it a mish-mash of others) or are we that poor as a nation that we actually don’t have one of our own and must celebrate everyone elses since we have just about have every other culture here in oz ?

Big Al 2:07 pm 03 Aug 06

Pandy – thanks for that – I stand corrected. A word of caution for those with a download limit – the EPIC Annual Report runs to 35Mb!

Thumper 1:26 pm 03 Aug 06

I heard a rumour that funding for Canberra Aardvark Appreciation Society (CAAS) has be cut and therefore the aardvarks will not be able to perform their world reknown nose flapping dance at this years multicultural festival.

What sort of world do we live in when aardvark’s can no longer frolic at multicultural festivals….

seepi 1:19 pm 03 Aug 06

I believe international research has shown that street dragracing has actually increased in the vicinity of racetracks. I’ll try to find the source.

Thumper 12:18 pm 03 Aug 06

BTW,

the word is that the rally is going to get dropped anyway…

Barr was speaking the other day about it and in true pollie speak could not guarantee that it would not be dropped.

Absent Diane 10:58 am 03 Aug 06

isn’t there already drag racing going on at cube???

VYBerlinaV8 10:55 am 03 Aug 06

“Onya VY – if bogans representing rev head interests want to put something like drag racing on, let them”

They do – it just happens to be on public roads at the moment. If you’d like said bogans to move to a private road, then build them one.
Oh, and I for one do not drag race on public roads. I do, howevevr, support building a place said bogans to drag race.

Pandy 10:50 am 03 Aug 06
LurkerGal 10:39 am 03 Aug 06

Love your work Pandy. These same people who don’t want the government to subsidise the festival are the same wankers who want the government to give them a dragway. Buy the land and build the thing yourselves. My tax dollars aren’t going to pay for it!

Big Al 10:35 am 03 Aug 06

“… close down EPIC…” – I don’t think that the Government has much to do with the showgrounds – they’re owned and managed by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society.

Pandy 9:19 am 03 Aug 06

No funding for summernats ie road closures; no funding for Rally cars; no funding for the Raiders; no funding for the Ballons; no funding for the Convention Centre; close down EPIC; sell off anything that may entertain the bogans and let them watch Foxtel.

Starts to make all the whinging comments about Canberra ring true eh?

Ralph, more than 30,000 people went to the food thing. I know I went and hated the crowds shoving their way thru. The Goverment paid for the tents. SFA really.

Corporate sponshership paid for about half of dancing andsinging events.

It makes me sick that something that enlivens the heart of the city is disliked by a bunch of whinging arseholes that have no idea about the facts.

Ralph 8:56 am 03 Aug 06

I have to agree that all government funding for the multicultural (food) festival should be slashed to zero. What a waste of taxpayers dollars. Make them raise their own money and/or get corporate sponsorship.

Pandy 8:30 am 03 Aug 06

Onya VY – if bogans representing rev head interests want to put something like drag racing on, let them. I don’t see why I should have to pay for it. Then maybe these things won’t run at a loss…

VYBerlinaV8 8:26 am 03 Aug 06

Onya Vic – if community groups representing multicultural interests want to put something like this on, let them. I don’t see why I should have to pay for it. Then maybe these things won’t run at a loss…

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