Festival funding boost in good taste

THE Moonah Taste of the World Festival is set to remain a popular fixture in the northern suburbs following the announcement of a $20,000 funding boost from the Tasmanian Government.

The funding will include $10,000 per annum for the next two-years.

Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith welcomed the news of the funding commitment.

“The Moonah Taste of the World Festival is a great way to celebrate and share our diversity with the broader community,” she said.

“The annual event is a key component of Council’s commitment to continue to welcome new arrivals from all countries and work with them to build on the multicultural traditions in our community through arts, food, music, entertainment and shared experiences.

“The funding will assist in providing infrastructure to support cultural groups to participate in the festival and enable Council staff to start planning for the next two-years.”

Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer took to the stage with some of the Bollywood dancers to make the announcement at the Moonah Arts Centre (MAC).

“The Moonah Taste of the World Festival is held annually at Benjafield Park in the heart of my electorate and is an event which I have personally supported and seen grow in popularity every year since it started,” Ms Archer said.

“The Tasmanian Government has also been a long-term supporter of the festival and we are pleased to be able to continue support for the 2018 and 2019 Moonah Taste of the World Festivals.”

Glenorchy is the most culturally diverse municipality in Tasmania, with 17.8 per cent of residents in West Moonah alone speaking a language other than English at home, compared to an average of 4.5 per cent statewide.

The Moonah Taste of the World Festival celebrates multicultural heritage and social inclusion through food, dance, art, craft and music.

Caption: Glenorchy City Council Commissioner Sue Smith, middle, and Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, second from right, with dancers, from left, Aloysianem Misumba, Shobha Narayan and Amal Chandran.

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