Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc receives funding through Stronger Communities Fund Program

05/02/2017

Georges River Council has awarded more than $20,000 to the Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc Group through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc, which is made up of members that do not have English as their first language, helps seniors and pensioners in the local community be socially engaged in affordable creative activities.

The group had applied for funding to assist with the production of live music performances and also the creation of The Fiestaville Songbook which will be a compilation of traditional and original songs inspired by the group’s multicultural heritage.

President of Fiestaville Multicultural Arts Inc, Georgette Kiosidis, said the whole group were “ecstatic” that Council had awarded them funding as it would allow the group to progress further.

Georgette also explained that the groups projects will also “promote inclusiveness” for members of the group whose first language is not English.

“They will also promote community harmony, strengthen community networks and reduce racial and religious intolerance,” she said.

“It also sets an example and a strong message out there to seniors and pensioners that they are valued members of the community with ‘a voice’.”

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said the Council is pleased to award $21,000 to the community group.

“This funding will be used to contribute to projects which encourage older members of our community from non-English speaking backgrounds socialise and feel included in the local community.”

“I would like to congratulate the Fiestaville Multicultural Arts group for their successful application and I look forward to hearing of their projects success.”

The projects are scheduled to commence in February 2017.

More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the Stronger Communities Fund Program.

Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, totalling $1 million in funding for local community groups.

For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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