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Funding Commitment to Australian South Asia Forum for Film Festival

Bennelong will benefit from a re-elected Turnbull Coalition Team with the announcement today of a $5,000 federal funding commitment to the Australian South Asia Forum (ASAF) for the South Asian Film, Arts and Literature Festival to take place later this year.

ASAF hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year and will crown 2016 with a South Asian Film, Arts and Literature (SAFAL) Festival in the City of Ryde. SAFAL Fest will showcase art works, literature and films with a South Asian focus or delivered by persons of South Asian heritage, along with artist talks, workshops and sales exhibits.

Liberal Member of Parliament John Alexander made this announcement at an ASAF function held at AJ’S Restaurant, Eastwood.

“ASAF is an excellent example of the many cultural groups within Bennelong which seek to preserve their cultural heritage while taking an active life in the Bennelong Community. This Film, Arts and Literature Festival will bring out the best in local residents who I am sure will be eager to join in the celebrations of this wonderful and essential part of our community’s rich tapestry,” said Mr Alexander.

“Bennelong’s greatest asset is our diverse multicultural communities. But key to their success is robust local groups like the ASAF. I am delighted that a re-elected Turnbull Liberal Team have agreed to fund part of this festival, and I can’t wait to see it take shape.”

“I would like to thank Kevin Pagaddinnimath, Ash Gholkar and the many ASAF members for everything they do for our South Asian community, and for the great strength they provide our local Bennelong region.”

ASAF President Ash Gholkar added:  “The funding commitment serves to invigorate and boost ASAF’s efforts to share and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of South Asian (Indian sub-continent) heritage with the wider community in the region.”

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