Heidi Victoria

Minister for the Arts, Minister for Women's Affairs and Minister for Consumer Affairs

Message from Minister for the Arts

Good morning everyone.

And Hwan-yeong! welcome!

I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we are gathered.
I pay my respects to their Elders past and present and to any Elders who have joined us this morning.
It's my great pleasure to be with you today for the launch of the inaugural Korea Festival. Victoria is home to a relatively small but exceptionally proud and passionate Korean community.

Today, I congratulate that community on the launch of this festival; it's an exciting day.

And a festival at Federation Square, right in the heart of Melbourne, is even better!

Melbourne, Victoria, is renowned for its strong arts and festival culture: as a place where people flock in their thousands to every sort of creative event and celebration.
And now, to that long list of arts and cultural festivals, we add the Korea Festival. We're also known and admired for our truly multicultural society.

As Arts Minister, I am particularly thrilled that all Victorians now have the opportunity to embrace the dynamism and diversity of Korean culture.
There is much to celebrate: from traditional to contemporary Korean music, dance, costume, food, martial arts ? and much, much more.

I thank the Korean community for playing such an important part in our vibrant, multicultural society.
I thank, especially, the Consul-General of the Republic of Korea, for his work within the Korean community and our wider community. And I congratulate the Korea Festival Committee for their energetic, imaginative and generous efforts.

The Festival program brings together so many of the things that make Victoria great. Thank you for making me a part of your celebrations today.

I hope this is the first of many more Korea Festivals for Melbourne.

Enjoy the day!

Thanks you.