9 May 2011

CMCF hails extra funding for Festival

| Graham Cooke
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The Canberra Multicultural Community Forum is delighted that the ACT Government has decided to invest an additional $200,000 into the 2012 and 2013 National Multicultural Festivals, Chair Sam Wong said today.

“The money will be used to increase the ‘footprint’ of the Festival, allowing it to expand into adjacent areas of Civic. Anyone who was present at the 2011 Festival will know this is absolutely necessary.

“At times it was almost shoulder to shoulder,” Mr Wong said.

“The extra space will ensure that this remains an enjoyable family event open to the wider community.”

Mr Wong said that in the past, with ACT Government support and the backing of the ACT Diplomatic Corps, the world came to Canberra for the National Multicultural Festival. Now it can do so again.

“I look forward to the restoration of talented overseas artists and groups performing alongside Australia’s many high-quality performers from diverse backgrounds,” he said.

“And, of course, supported by the many diverse booths selling food and drinks – all of which brings tens of thousands of people into Civic every year.”

Mr Wong said all efforts now must be directed towards making the 2012 and 2013 festivals the best that Canberra had ever seen.

“CMCF offers its full support to the ACT Government and the Office of Multicultural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs in this project,” he said.

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