National Multicultural Festival receives $3.3m funding boost

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Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival has been given an additional $3.3 million over the next two years following this year’s record 25th anniversary event.

In February, the National Multicultural Festival expanded its footprint across the city and into Glebe Park, welcoming 380,563 visitors who enjoyed 266 stalls, 325 performance groups, 34 workshops, 16 cooking demonstrations, 30 cultural showcases, and the largest ever festival parade.

Following this resounding success, the ACT Government’s budget boost will continue the festival’s expanded footprint in the city and into Glebe Park.

To support the participation of multicultural groups and organisations, stallholder fees – which have been frozen since 2019 – will remain the same and the Festival’s Grants Program funding pool will increase to $200,000, its largest ever, and more than double the historic funding pool of $90,000.

Post event research demonstrates the 2023 festival’s substantial boost to the local economy, resulting in over 40,000 visitor nights and a total economic benefit of $20.8 million.