The Gladstone Multicultural Festival.
The Gladstone Multicultural Festival. Mike Richards GLA060915FEST

City’s multicultural events get $48,000 state funding boost

GLADSTONE'S cultural community has drawn $48,000 in State Government funding to go towards multicultural events.

The 10-ay Gladstone Regional Multicultural Week and Festival Day will receive $36,000 over the next three years.

The Annual Filipino Independence Day has been awarded $3000, the Gladstone Region Interfaith Fellowship Package 2016 $5000 and the Eid Celebration and Islamic Open Day $4000.

The government announced $1million in new funding to help community organisations set to host cultural celebrations, events and multicultural projects statewide.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace said 122 organisations would share in the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland grants program in 2016.

Grants range from $2000 to $25,000 and are awarded in the categories of signature events, cultural events or multicultural projects.

Ms Grace said that multiculturalism was a defining aspect of Queensland life.

"Queensland is home to people who speak more than 220 languages and hold more than 100 religious beliefs," she said.

"This grants program is a great way to promote inclusion - it's good for Queenslanders, it's good for visitors and it's good for business.

"I urge all Queenslanders to attend the festivals and other multicultural events that add so much to our way of life."

- APN NEWSDESK



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