- Diwali set to attract thousands over two days of celebrations
- McGowan Government supports Diwali Mela with $100,000 grants
- Vaccination clinic available at Diwali as part of 'Super Vax Weekend'
Diwali Mela has kicked off its two-day celebrations today, which are set to attract 35,000 people and involves more than 80 Indian community associations.
Led by the Indian Society of WA (ISWA), the spectacular celebration will offer the opportunity to enjoy the delights of Indian culture in the form of food, dance, art and performances.
The McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, has provided ISWA with a $60,000 grant to support event costs for this year's Diwali Mela.
The event was also supported with a $40,000 grant from the Office of Multicultural Interests.
Diwali Mela is a chance for Western Australia's culturally diverse communities to come together, with many disconnected from family and friends due to travel restrictions.
Visitors can also receive their free COVID-19 vaccine, no booking required, as part of the State Government's 'Super Vax Weekend'.
The Claremont Showgrounds COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open 9am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
It is a smoke and alcohol-free family event at Claremont Showgrounds, which runs from November 6 to 7.
Entry is free for ISWA members, with a $5 entry fee for the public. Tickets available at https://iswa-perth.org/ticket
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Diwali Mela is an occasion for Western Australians to come together to join in multicultural celebrations and learn more about Indian culture.
"For almost 30 years, Lotterywest has supported the Indian Society of WA with a number of grants that help to celebrate WA's variety of cultures.
"Importantly, Diwali is joining the State Government's 'Super Vax Weekend' with free
COVID-19 vaccinations available to visitors - no booking required.
"I wish all the members of Western Australia's Indian communities a very happy Diwali during this important and joyous time."
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony Buti:
"Western Australia is fortunate to be home to a large and thriving Indian community, making Diwali a highlight on our cultural calendar.
"With its joyful messages of compassion, selflessness, harmony and acceptance, Diwali is a festival that resonates strongly in our successful multicultural society.
"Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated here in Western Australia and around the world, wherever there is a significant Indian community.
"I thank Western Australia's Indian communities for bringing this fantastic celebration to this State - a festival that more and more people look forward to each year."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
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