Ingham’s Australian Italian Festival in full swing
Queensland Multicultural Month events continue to roll out with Multicultural Affairs Minister, Grace Grace, last night opening Ingham’s Australian Italian Festival.
Minister Grace officially opened the 22nd Australian Italian Festival at the Festival’s masquerade gala dinner held at the Hinchinbrook Shire Hall.
“Being a proud Italian Australian, I am very excited to be in Ingham for this fantastic event.
“It’s always great to see my beloved Italian culture being shared with the wider Queensland community and what better way to showcase it than at events like this.
“As one of the earliest and largest migrant communities, Italians have played a significant part in our multicultural history, especially in North Queensland.
“Italian migrants and their descendants have made such a positive contribution to the prosperity of our state with fashion, fine food, arts and wine just a few of the aspects of Italian culture we all enjoy.
“I am certainly looking forward to enjoying all of these experiences at the Festival today,” Ms Grace said.
Queensland’s Italian community is part of a multicultural success story with Queensland home to people from more than 220 different countries.
“This is a very rich store of culture and traditions for all Queenslanders to share and there’s plenty of events over the coming month to participate in.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to try something new during August and experience the rich culture and traditions that make up our wonderful state,” she said.
“With more than 60 events – from cultural festivals and fairs, exhibitions, musical performances and workshops, open days to market days – being held across the state, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
“I congratulate the organisers on another hugely successful Festival – it’s a real pleasure to have been part of it,” she said.
To find out more about Queensland Multicultural Month events visit www.qld.gov.au/multiculturalmonth