Event funding diverted as Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival cancelled in 2022

Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival has called off next year’s event marking the second year in a row it won’t go ahead.

The ACT government said that the recent Covid outbreak was behind the “difficult decision”.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Tara Cheyne said the long lead times necessary to deliver large scale events coupled with the redeployment of staff to support the ACT’s multicultural community through the recent Covid outbreak made planning and implementing a 2022 festival unfeasible.

“The festival is a much-loved, valued and anticipated community event each year and I understand that many across our city, particularly our linguistically and culturally diverse communities, will be disappointed by today’s announcement,” Cheyne said.

“While the Festival will not take place next year, we are committed to supporting and celebrating our community’s diversity.

“To do this, additional funding of $400,000 that was allocated to the Festival in the 2021-22 budget will be provided to Events ACT to support the participation of multicultural organisations in other events.”

The funding will go towards Australia Day and Canberra Day, while the National Multicultural Festival will return in 2023 to celebrate its 25-year anniversary.