NSW Liberals commit to support Australia’s largest African cultural festival

18 March 2023

A re-elected Perrottet Liberal Government will commit to supporting the Somali Welfare and Cultural Organisation to host its annual Africultures festival.

Liberal Candidate for Parramatta Katie Mullens welcomed the commitment, saying it would be a major win for the African community.

“We have a rich and diverse African community here in NSW, which has played a major role in promoting our rich multicultural society,” Ms Mullens said.

“By supporting this event, we are helping the community build bridges and find ways to connect people from all walks of life.”

Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said in the next term of Government, the NSW Liberals will invest $80,000 over four years into the running of the major event.

“Africultures is Australia’s largest celebration of African culture, and it is fitting its home is in Australia’s most successful multicultural society,” Mr Coure said.

“Going on 15 years now, this event has been helping African communities across the state and across Australia promote and share their culture with everyone.”

Mr Coure said as part of the commitment, Somali Welfare and Cultural Organisation would receive $20,000 a year for four years to host the event.

“This event captures the essence of African culture and showcases it for all to enjoy, from art and music to fashion, food and even sport,” Mr Coure said.

“Over the years, this event has drawn in thousands of people, and the NSW Liberals want to help the organisers promote their culture to even more people in our state.”