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The National Multicultural Festival began in 1996 and has since evolved into the biggest occasion on Canberra’s event landscape. In the very beginnings of the Festival, it was a one-day event, eventually moving to a 2-week Festival. Over the course of the last 21 years it has developed into the 3-day Festival it is now, which allows Canberrans, national and international visitors alike to congregate in Canberra over one weekend for what is one of the biggest celebrations of cultural diversity across Australia.


The Festival is a celebration that promotes equality of opportunity, maintaining social cohesion, building social capital and minimising social exclusion for culturally and linguistically diverse Canberrans.



The National Multicultural Festival provides an opportunity for all Canberrans from all walks of life to participate in a celebration of cultural diversity and social inclusion, be it through performing, sponsorship, volunteering or as a stallholder.

Our Stakeholders

Supported by the Community Services Directorate and the ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

Our Staff

The National Multicultural Festival team is part of the ACT Government Community Services Directorate’s Community Participation Team.

For general Festival information please phone (02) 6207 0555 or email

For stallholder inquiries please email
For media inquiries please email