Gold Coast hosts one of Qld’s biggest festivals

One of Queensland’s biggest festivals, the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival, will officially be opened by Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace on Sunday morning.

As Queensland Multicultural Month events continue to roll out during August, up to 50,000 people will attend the Festival at the Southport Broadwater Parklands from 10am.

Multicultural Affairs Minister, Grace Grace, said the Festival was a major event on the Gold Coast multicultural calendar.


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“From its humble beginnings in 2008, this Festival has grown to be one of the biggest in the state.

“This growth can be attributed to the Gold Coast’s rich cultural diversity, history and traditions with approximately 28% of the population born overseas, according to the 2011 census.

“This means it is the second-most diverse local government area in Queensland – a real melting pot of cultures and traditions.

“The Coast is not only famous for its beaches and theme parks – but more importantly it’s famous for its people and it is wonderful that so many of them attend this fantastic, multicultural event,” Ms Grace said.

Queensland Multicultural Month is the state’s largest celebration of our unique diversity and its benefits.

“It’s events like these that help to unite Queensland as we come together and celebrate multiculturalism,” Ms Grace said.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to try something new during August and experience the rich culture and traditions that make up our wonderful state.

“With more than 60 events – from cultural festivals and fairs, exhibitions, musical performances and workshops, open days to market days – being held across the state, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

“I am honoured to officially open the Festival today and congratulate the organisers and volunteers for making this event such a success,” Ms Grace said.

To find out more about Queensland Multicultural Month events visit www.qld.gov.au/multiculturalmonth