Pongal Committee members Ravi Chandran, Rema Dhanasekar, Prabha Sriram and Mugunth Subramaian with Charis Mullen MP and Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.
Pongal Committee members Ravi Chandran, Rema Dhanasekar, Prabha Sriram and Mugunth Subramaian with Charis Mullen MP and Minister Stirling Hinchliffe.

Multicultural festivals to share $16,000 of funding

PHILIPPINES, Tamil and Indian cultures will feature in Multicultural festivals in Springfield funded by the Queensland Government's Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe dropped in to Springfield recently to announce the grants and said he was pleased to see so many festivals in Springfield.

"You have the chance to learn more about the Philippines through culture song, dance and food at the Philippines Australian Autumn Festival,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

"At the Pongal Tamil Harvest festival, you can share traditional foods arts and music in the celebration of farmers' contribution to agriculture.

"Vedanta Multicultural Festival will celebrate cultural diversity through traditional Indian drama and music as well as food and children's activities.

"It's going to be an exciting 2019 and an opportunity for all Queenslanders to be part of an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.”

Member Jordan, Charis Mullen said the rich diversity is one of the reasons Springfield is a great place to live.

"One of the perks of my job is the chance to visit the many multicultural festivals and celebrate with the people from many cultures who call Springfield home,” Ms Mullen said.

Organisations to get one-off payments for 2019 include:

  • Lupang Hinirang Pty Ltd - $5,325 for the Philippine-Australian Autumn Festival 2019
  • The Queensland Tamil Mandram Inc - $6,000 for the Pongal Festival 2019
  • Vedanta Centre of Sydney Inc, Brisbane Chapter - $5,000 for the Annual Vedanta Multicultural Festival

The Queensland Government has increased the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland events funding for 2018-19 to over $1.3 million, supporting 152 festivals or events across Queensland.



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