South Australia is famous for its multicultural events and festivals. The Department of the Premier and Cabinet manages two major South Australian multicultural events.

Governor’s Multicultural Awards

The Governor’s Multicultural Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in our community.

The awards are held annually and administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet through Multicultural Affairs. They are presented by the Governor of South Australia, on the advice of an independent judging panel.

Nominations for the 2021 Governor’s Multicultural Awards are now closed.

Multicultural Festival

The Multicultural Festival is a biennial, free, family friendly one-day event that celebrates multiculturalism through cultural music, dance, arts, crafts, and culinary delights.

Organised by Multicultural Affairs, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, it is the State Government’s flagship event for promoting and showcasing multiculturalism in South Australia.

The Multicultural Festival provides an opportunity for South Australians to experience and enjoy a diverse range of cultures and traditions, and includes community groups from new, emerging and established South Australian multicultural communities.

The Multicultural Festival embodies the concept of interculturalism, which describes a dynamic inclusion of and interaction between all cultures within the community, from which all of society benefits.

Held every second year since 2013, the Multicultural Festival features performances, activities, and stalls for community groups to showcase their cultural heritage through art, craft, food, dance, music, and activities in a large-scale, positive, and celebratory platform.

The 2021 Multicultural Festival will be held from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 14 November in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Adelaide.

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