This year’s Multicultural Festival has been cancelled amid ongoing uncertainty as the pandemic continues.

Late last year the ACT Government revealed it had pushed back the event to the second half of 2021 in a bid to avoid coronavirus concerns.

on Tuesday ACT Minister for Arts and Multicultural Affairs, Tara Cheyne revealed planning was now underway for the event’s return in 2022 instead.

“While we had hoped that we might have been able hold the Festival at some time in the second half of 2021, developments regarding the pandemic over the last few months mean that a February 2022 National Multicultural Festival is the most practical and achievable.”

The Multicultural Festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year across the three day event.

The festival’s return next year is set to take place over the third weekend of February and will also see the event celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

“A February 2022 National Multicultural Festival allows us to best work to keep the celebration true to the atmosphere and its key components.” Ms Cheyne said.

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“We are also hopeful that this will be a time when there is health advice that supports, together with strong community confidence about, larger events.”

The Multicultural Festival is due to be held Friday 18 February to Sunday 20 February 2022.