Sydney, Media Release Multicultural NSW, 8 March 2024: NSW’s successful multicultural society is on show this month, as NSW celebrates Multicultural March, a testament to our diverse, harmonious and multicultural society.

Dozens of festivals held by grassroots organisations will be held across regional and metropolitan NSW, with the NSW Government investing about $250,000 in grassroots festivals and events, ranging from inner-Sydney multicultural festivals to gala evenings in western NSW. There is also one of the country’s largest celebrations of culture in Lakemba, with Ramadan Nights.

“Multicultural March gives people the chance to reflect on the enormous contribution made by multicultural communities and celebrate our rich cultural diversity,” Multicultural NSW Chief Executive Officer Joseph La Posta said.

“Wherever you live, there is an opportunity to come together to forge new friendships and strengthen our bonds across communities.”

One of the highlights of the month will be the annual Premier’s Harmony Dinner where unsung community heroes are recognised for their tireless commitment to the values of multiculturalism.

Multicultural NSW Advisory Board Chair Nick Kaldas APM said “another hallmark of Multicultural March is the Multicultural Honour Roll, a posthumous recognition of people who have made a lasting contribution to the community in NSW that extends beyond their passing.

“NSW is home to people from across all corners of the earth. We are one of the world’s most culturally diverse communities,” he said.

“Our success deserves to be recognised and celebrated and participating in festivals and events is the perfect way for our communities to do just that.”

March is also an incredibly important time for faith communities across NSW, with many Christians celebrating Easter, Hindu’s celebrating Holi, the Persian community marking Nowruz for the New Year and the Muslim community observing Ramadan.

For the full calendar of local activities taking place during Multicultural March go to www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au.


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