The National Multicultural Festival began in 1996 and has since evolved into the biggest occasion on Canberra’s event landscape.
For the 21st National Multicultural Festival Canberrans, national and international visitors alike will congregate in the city centre from 17-19 February for what is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.
This spectacular annual celebration will see more than 150 different acts and more than 420 different stallholders converge on the city over the three days, representing a huge range of organisations and cultural groups.
In 2017, the headline act and face of the festival is iconic songstress Kate Ceberano. The award-winning pop and jazz artist will be the main show on the opening night, Friday 17 February, supported by Andrea Kirwin and Band.
They will share the spotlight with local, national and international musicians and dancers representing almost every cultural heritage on earth. Among top overseas acts is South African a capella group Africa Entsha, who will perform on Friday and Saturday.
Australian acts include Festival favourite Sol Nation and Cumbia Muffin and the Colombian Cultural Folkloric Organisation sounds. The festival will also welcome Sonik Waves, Miriam Lieberman, C Major and the Justin Yap Band. These artists will join much-loved local acts such as Mi Terra, Los Chavos, Johnny Huckle, Groove Warehouse, Kulture Break and the Old 45s.
There will be spectacular Bollywood dancing as part of the India in the City Showcase; cool melodic songs and sounds of island nations during the Pacific Islander Showcase; feathers, sequins and music that will compel your feet to dance in the Latin American Quarters; and rhythmic drumming and singing to set the mood as you stroll and shop through the African Village.
This year, the Festival is also supporting top comedy. Anh Do is bringing his show The Happiest Refugee to the Canberra Theatre on Saturday 18 February, while comedian Joe Avati will host the return of Show Us Your Roots at the same venue on Friday 17 February.
With so much going on at the National Multicultural Festival, it can be hard to keep track. So this year, you can download the free apps from the Apple and Android stores to help ensure you never miss a beat.