Celebrating Guru Nanak With Victoria’s Sikh Community

The Andrews Labor Government is standing with Victoria’s Sikh community and supporting celebrations for the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak.

Guru Nanak is the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, with Sikh communities around the world coming together to celebrate this sacred anniversary.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne today announced $200,000 to support Victoria-based events to be held in 2019. They may range from small community gatherings to large state-wide festivities.

Victoria is home to Australia’s largest Sikh community, with more than 52,000 Sikh Victorians recorded in the 2016 Census.

They’ve contributed immensely to Victoria’s multiculturalism.

The Sikh Celebrations and Events Fund will have two application streams, with organisations and community groups encouraged to apply.

Applications will close 25 August. For more information or to apply, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne

“Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary is a huge moment of celebration for Sikhs around the world and here in Victoria – we want our celebrations to be among the best.”

“Multiculturalism is one of Victoria’s greatest strengths – we celebrate it, we embrace it, because we are all Victorian.”