The Andrews Labor Government is helping hold hundreds of multicultural festivals and events for Victorians to enjoy, including in Mill Park.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne and Member for Mill Park Lily D’ Ambrosio today announced African Australian Welfare Bureau has received $4,500 to help run their event.

The African Australian Welfare Bureau Inc. will organise the “Whittlesea Mayibuye – Welcome” festival to be held at the Whittlesea City Council in South Morang on 23 May 2020.

The event is expected to attract more than 2,500 people and it is one of more than 350 that will share in more than $1.3 million as part of the 2019-20 Multicultural Festivals and Events and Hindu Festivals and Events programs.

The initiatives support festivals, performances and events that celebrate cultural diversity.

Some of the other funded events include:

  • The Wodonga Multicultural Festival
  • The Latin Street Carnaval in St Kilda
  • Lankan Fest in the Melbourne CBD
  • Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival at Federation Square
  • Nawroz Festival in Dandenong
  • Ballarat’s Holi Festival 2020

For a list of all the successful recipients, visit

Quote attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne

“We’re supporting hundreds of community events, festivals and performances across the state so that Victorians from all backgrounds can celebrate their culture and share it with others.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’ Ambrosio

“Almost every second person in Victoria was born overseas or has a parent who was born overseas – it is wonderful to be able to support the “Whittlesea Mayibuye – Welcome” festival so locals can learn more about our diversity.

“This is one of the most successfully multicultural places in the world – and that is largely down to our celebration of our cultures and traditions.”