Piers Festival – celebrating our migration history on Australia Day weekend

Published on : Monday, January 27, 2014

Festival-2013_title-banner-300x238Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras will join thousands of Victorians to celebrate the State’s cultural diversity at the third annual Piers Festival as part of Australia Day activities.

Featuring the traditions of so many of our State’s migrant communities, Mr Kotsiras said the Piers Festival is an event truly representative of Victoria’s renowned cultural and religious diversity which sees people gather on Princes Pier to celebrate Victoria’s migration history, creating a strong sense of community.

“The pier precinct represents the hopes, dreams, and ultimately the achievements and contributions of migrants to our diverse and prosperous modern Victoria,” Mr Kotsiras said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government encourages all cultural groups to cherish and preserve their traditions and, importantly, to share these with the wider community.

“Station Pier is known as the ‘gateway’ to migration in Victoria, and like many, my family arrived at this point from Greece 50 years ago, so I appreciate the significance of this area in Victoria’s migration story.

“Station and Princes Pier are of significant interest being the arrival and departure points for thousands of immigrants throughout key moments in our history, including the gold rush, wartime and post-war migration, having been symbolic gateways to Victoria’s development and diversity for more than 150 years.”

The Piers Festival features multicultural music, dance, food stalls, historical artefacts, film screenings and a spectacular fireworks display, forming part of Victoria’s Australia Day weekend celebrations.

The Festival is organised by Multicultural Arts Victoria, with support from Arts Victoria and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, including a $100,000 Unity Through Partnerships grant.

Source:- Premier Victoria


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