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Performers

The following are Performers from 2017 National Multicultural Festival.

Download the Program or visit individual performers below for times and locations.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

C Major and Son Veneno Band

C Major and Son Veneno Band

High energy performer with a unique style and flawless vocals.

Born and raised in Sydney’s west, C MAJOR is Sydney’s renowned self produced Soul RnB Pop Latin Sensation.

C Major is ultra smooth, fun, cheeky and is a heavyweight is Sydney's music scene.

His music is infectious, strong, dynamic and is the perfect blend of Rnb, Neo Soul mixed with a sensual Latino flavour. His charisma is powerful, flirty and infectious.

C Major is praised as a ‘one of a kind’ artist, whether referring to his premium production or his diverse musical style.

His Debut album 'I Am Major' has just been released and is available on iTunes.

C Major

Time: 18 February 2017 9.55pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

CIC President and Minister's Speech

CIC President and Minister's Speech

Time: 18 February 2017 7.15pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza

Calvary Chapel National Choir

Pacific Islands Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 2.30pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band

Part of the Celtic Village

The Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band has been in existence for over 75 years

The Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band has been in existence for over 75 years, and has been a regular performer at community events in and around Canberra throughout that time.  \

The Band also has a strong focus on competitions and has established itself as one of Australia’s premier pipe bands, winning multiple State and national championships.

The Band competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in August 2014 and won a couple of prizes and gained valuable experience and knowledge. bcpb.com.au

Contact: Athol Chalmers (Pipe Major) 0407 244 129 atholfc@gmail.com Kerrie Flynn 0412 635 798 darkpiper1@hotmail.com

Canberra Burns Club Pipe Band

Time: 19 February 2017 3.10pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Canberra Celtic Choir

Part of the Celtic Village

The Canberra Celtic Choir has been performing in Canberra for over 20 years, singing traditional Celtic music.

The Canberra Celtic Choir has been performing in Canberra for over 20 years, singing traditional Celtic music.  Their repertoire is sung a cappella and is drawn principally from the music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

https://canberracelticchoir.wordpress.com/about/

Contact: Laurie McDonald 0432 488 828 burmac@optusnet.com.au

Canberra Celtic Choir

Time: 19 February 2017 11.30am
Location: Stage 4, Bunda Street

Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School

Part of the Celtic Village

Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School

Time: 19 February 2017 11.55am
Location: Stage 4, Bunda Street

Canberra Chordsmen

Ringing chords and singing close harmony are what the Canberra Chordsmen love most

Canberra’s premier male a cappella chorus brings the American art form of barbershop harmony to life, but with a modern twist.

Under the direction of Daniel Bennett, a seasoned and decorated barbershopper, the Chordsmen will bring classic and modern barbershop harmony to the streets of this year’s National Multicultural Festival.

We look forward to singing for you in that good old barbershop style!

Canberra Chordsmen

Time: 18 February 2017 1.00pm
Location: Roving throughout the Festival

Canberra City Pipes and Drums

Part of the Celtic Village

Canberra City Pipes and Drums is the ACT’s premier ceremonial pipe band.

Canberra City Pipes and Drums is the ACT’s premier ceremonial pipe band.  The band has brought local piping to performances on the Great Wall of China, at Red Square in Moscow, Switzerland’s Basel Kaserne, and the imposing Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

The band has brought the full pageantry of the pipes and drums to sell-out concerts alongside Andre Rieu, Jimmy Barnes, and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, as well as supporting local charities and veteran organisations such as Legacy and Soldier On.

Canberra City Pipes and Drums is proud to present the majesty of a world-class Caledonian performance and will give Canberrans a true ‘taste of Scotch.’

www.ccpd.org.au

facebook.com/Canberra-City-Pipes-and-Drums

Contact: Jenni Hamer (Pipe Major)   0412 841 721   admin@ccpd.org.au

Canberra City Pipes and Drums

Time: 19 February 2017 12.40pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Canberra Dance Theatre

Canberra Dance Theatre

Time: 18 February 2017 11.40am
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Formed in 2003, the CMO brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass, guitar, double bass. Under the musical direction of Michael Sollis, the CMO's repertoire includes ritzy tunes from the dawn of the jazz age, light classics, film themes, Italian and Greek numbers, Irish and Australian folk tunes and popular music.

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Time: 19 February 2017 2.20pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Canberra Multicultural Artists

Musical Extravaganza

Time: 18 February 2017 5.50pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza East

Time: 18 February 2017 6.35pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza East

Time: 18 February 2017 7.00pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza East

Time: 19 February 2017 5.00pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Canberra School of Bollywood

Canberra School of Bollywood dancing (CSBD) - operating in Canberra for the past 10 years

Canberra school of Bollywood dancing boasts an exciting range of dances including modern Bollywood, Zumba, upbeat Bhangra and traditional Classical for Kids and adults.

Launched in September 2006 by Krisha Jilson, Canberra school of Bollywood dancing boasts an exciting range of courses ranging from modern Bollywood to upbeat Bhangra right through to traditional Classical for Kids and adults and Bollywood Zumba.

Mrs. Jilson has been teaching Bollywood for many years  before she established her first school in Canberra in 2006. She learnt the Indian classical style of dancing called ‘Bharathanatyam’ from the age of six.

She has organised and performed at many events with involved captivating choreography with a combination of both classical and modern Bollywood art styles.

Over two thousand students have danced their way thru the school.

Krisha was also named Australian of the Day earlier in the year,  for her contribution to the community thru her school.

CSBD provides exceptional Bollywood dancers for corporate and sporting events, business functions and special events. We can help bring alive the function by providing vibrant, toe tapping dance performance to any functions.

For our entertainment service to Canberra, our school was selected  in the 2013 Australian Capital Territory Centenary Multicultural Award finalist.

If there is any requirement for a performance in either classical, bollywood or fusion please do not hesitate to contact me as my dance troupe will be delighted to take part.  Our dancers will be wearing colourful Indian outfits and accessories.

We can also conduct a fun workshop to get the spectators involved and teach them some fun bollywood moves to music. The workshop is a fun way to get everyone involved and make the event an enjoyable family fun filled day.  CSBD has conducted many workshops for the past 10 years  at Government Departments, Balls, Corporate events, Festivals, Embassies and it has always  been a crowd pleaser and a huge hit with the audience.

Canberra School of Bollywood Dancing

Time: 17 February 2017 6.05pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Time: 18 February 2017 6.05pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Canberra Scottish Country Dancers

Part of the Celtic Village

Canberra has a very active Scottish Country Dancing community.

Canberra has a very active Scottish Country Dancing community. Scottish Country Dancing is the colourful and uplifting traditional social dance of Scotland.  It’s lots of fun and a fantastic social activity for all ages, and also has great music.

Scottish country dancing is now recognised as a valuable activity for maintaining health and fitness.  Beginners are welcome to come and try, and there is even a U3A class!

www.rscds-canberra.org

Contact:

Alan McCulloch 0438 885 670 alan.mcculloch@netspeed.com.au

RSCDS Canberra and District Branch  Alan McCulloch    6288 5670

Scottish Country Dance Club of Canberra Barry Longstaff  6251 4348 / 0438 544 842

Belconnen Scottish Country Dancers Colin Allum 6258 0009

Canberra Scottish Country Dancing

Time: 19 February 2017 2.50pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Canberra Spicy Mum Group

Canberra Spicy Mum Group

Time: 18 February 2017 10.50am
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza East

Canberras Celtic Ceilidh and Village

2017 Celtic Ceilidh Showcase

Enjoy a variety of Celtic choirs, bands and dancing

The word cèilidh (pronounced 'kay-lee') comes from the Gaelic for a traditional Scottish or Irish social ‘gathering’ or ‘party.’ It usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall, the pub, or other community gathering place.

Come along to Canberra's biggest Celtic Cèilidh with some of our best performers:

The Cèilidh is held in conjunction with cultural and clan organisations in the Celtic Village:

Celtic Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 11.25am
Location: Stage 4, Bunda Street

Capital Wontoks PNG community

Pacific Islands United Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 2.30pm
Location: Stage 5: Civic Square (off London Circuit)

Celebration

Celebration

Time: 19 February 2017 12.55pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Chain of Love

Chain of Love

Time: 19 February 2017 11.45am
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Cherry Pickers Band

Indigenous Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 2.10pm
Location: Stage 4, Bunda Street

Childrens Sanctuary

Visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) and enjoy a place for children to play, create and take part in a range of cultural activities. Across the two days there will be art making, music and dance workshops, as well as face painting, a balloon modeller, and storytelling sessions. The CMAG Cafe will be open, and facilities for children and their carers will include complimentary water bottles and a space for breast-feeding.

A partnership between CMAG, West Belconnen Child & Family Centre, ACT Community Language Schools Association, and more. All events are free.

Time: 18 February 2017 10.00am
Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner Civic Square and London Circuit

Time: 19 February 2017 11.00am
Location: Canberra Museum and Gallery, Corner Civic Square and London Circuit

Childrens Tang Poem dance

Children's Tang Poem dance

Time: 19 February 2017 12.30pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

China National Opera

Opening Concert

The prestigious Chinese Orchestra makes its return Australian tour with the very special musical event, Treasures of A Nation: Chinese New Year Concert 2017 at the ANU Llewellyn Hall, Canberra on Thursday 16 February.

Miriam Lieberman is a singer songwriter known not only for her unmistakable voice and songwriting, but also for playing the 21-string West African harp - the kora. Her songs seamlessly blend contemporary folk with West African influences and are in essence a collection of stories, beautifully told through strings, powerful lyrics and her emotive voice. Miriam is joined by exceptional string players - violinist Lara Goodridge and cellist Kate Adams.

The Sarv Ensemble was established in Australia in 2001 as a band of professional Iranian Musicians. The band was further completed upon the growing of the Persian Community in Australia.

With a history of over 50 years, China National Opera and Dance Theatre’s renowned national level orchestra led by conductor Hong Xia and principal gaohu soloist Bai Miao performs music that merges traditional Chinese style with contemporary music.  The orchestra has a unique artistic style that is composed of over 50 musicians many of whom have taken part in national and international instrumental music competitions and received many prizes.

The orchestra use a combination of western and eastern instruments including the sheng, an ancient flute, the liuqin mandolin, and the gaohu and erhu, sometimes referred to as "the Chinese fiddle". The orchestra has performed in India, South Africa and Canada. This is their second visit to Australia, following a successful Chinese New Year 2016 Concert.

China Natioal Opera and Dance

Time: 16 February 2017 7.30pm
Location: ANU Llewellyn Hall, Building 100, William Herbert Place

Ticketing: www.ticketek.com.au or Box Office 6275 2700 | Prices: $39 / $59 / $79

China National Opera and Dance Drama Traditional Chinese Orchestra

Performances by the China National Opera and Dance Drama Tradiitonal Chinese Orchestra

Listen to a variety of orchestral pieces by the China National Orchestra

The Chinese Orchestra Playlist

Overture of Spring Festival
Overture of Spring Festival is composed by Huanzhi Li and depicts the cheerful atmosphere of people celebrating spring festival.

Dance of the Yao People
Dance of the Yao People incorporates regional musical elements into its nice melody and shows how the Yao people dance with happiness.

Galloping Horses
Galloping Horses uses the erhu to imitate the grand sight of horses galloping and whinnying.

A New Song of the Herdsmen
A New Song of the Herdsmen depicts the beautiful scenery of the grassland in Inner Mongolia and the lively sight on the meadow.

Moonlit River in Spring
Moonlit River in Spring is a traditional piece of music that shows the tranquil scenery of a river flowing showered in moonlight in a warm spring night.

Blooming Flowers and Full Moon
Blooming Flowers and Full Moon is light and jubilant, showing dancing people enjoying themselves in the moonlight.

The girls of Miao
The girls of Miao is a dance for the Miao. Show Miao girls’ labor and life with singing and dancing. Dance movements and tunes like spring water from the bottom out, showing Miao people for a better life expectations and blessings.

Water Blessing
Water Blessing: Dai dance, showing the Dai people's good wishes for life Bite spring

Bite Spring
Bite Spring: The dance through the Chinese Han folk dance in the use of fans, showing the youthful vitality of girls, as well as a girl shy, Huai Chun's hazy emotions.

Tage
Tage is a Classical Dance of Han Nationality. Show Han and Tang Dynasties girls outing the outing of the scene. The dancers are singing and dancing, showing the Chinese dance fresh and graceful beauty.

The dream of lady
The dream of lady:Huadan, is a Chinese opera once in the line. Show girls with the world's infinite vision to go out of the house, the outside world everywhere surprise and curiosity.

Plate dance
Plate dance is a Uygur dance. Showing the Uighur nation's enthusiasm and bold, free and happy, given the characteristics of peace

Tibetan dance
Tibetan dance:To express the Tibetan people from the heart of the cheerful mood and good wishes

Qiao Hua Dan
Qiao Hua Dan:The use of Peking opera costumes, skillfully designed novel ingenious, adventure difficult but without losing the relaxed and happy, Wenhuo Wu Yan both masculine.

China Natioal Opera and Dance

China National Opera and Dance Drama Traditional Chinese Orchestra will be appearing in the parade.

Time: 17 February 2017 4.30pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (off London Circuit)

China Village

The China Village will deliver Chinese performing art groups from China and local Chinese community along with cultural handcraft, caligraphy, paintings, tea ceremony and food.

Ausfeng

China Village will be appearing in the parade.

Time: 17 February 2017 4.30pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (off London Circuit)

China Wind

China Wind

Time: 19 February 2017 10.40am
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Chinese Australian Association Dance

ACT Chinese Australian Dance

Time: 18 February 2017 10.30am
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Choir Sevdalinka

European Village Showcase

Bosnian and Hezegovinian choir Sevdalinka aim to promote, nurture and preserve traditional Bosnian-Herzegovinian music through professional cultural conduct throughout Victoria and Australia and enrich the lives of its members.

Sevdalinka Choir

Time: 18 February 2017 2.30pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St & City Walk

Choir of Zion

Pacific Islands United Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 3.30pm
Location: Stage 5: Civic Square (off London Circuit)

Christian Revival Assembly Choir

Pacific Islands Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 3.00pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Cindy Drummond and John Nicol

Indigenous Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 7.20pm
Location: Stage 4: Bunda Street

City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums

Part of the Celtic Village

The Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums Band has been in existence since 1986.

The Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums Band has been in existence since 1986.

The Band has performed at the Australian War Memorial; participated in the ANZAC Day march for the RSL Queanbeyan; provided musical support to the Australia Day celebrations in the Queanbeyan park; played at Queanbeyan primary school and church fetes; as well as numerous regional events including the Australian National Busking Competition held in Cooma.

The Band regularly puts 18 pipers and 6 drummers in the field for competition and public performances.

The Band has an active teaching and development program, with some 40 people of all ages in training or playing.

www.facebook.com/CQBNPD

Contact: Graham Durant-Law     0408 975 795        graham@durantlaw.info

City of Queanbeyan Pipes and Drums

Time: 19 February 2017 2.30pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Classical Dunhuang Dance

Approximate Time Canberra Chinese Community Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 10.30am
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Colombian Cultural Folkloric Association

Colombian Cultural Folkloric Association

The Colombian Cultural & Folkloric Organisation transforms movements into a communicative action to symbolically express the experiences that our Latin towns have become renown for throughout history.

We embody those experiences in our choreographies constituting a language that allows us to integrate body and mind to report the deepest and most archaic experiences of our culture. We have captured the most universal aspects of life such as happiness, pain, death, love, fear and fantasy in these dances.

Colombian Cultural Folkloric group

Time: 18 February 2017 11.10pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Community Chapel Choir

Pacific Islands Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 4.00pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Cosmo

European Village Showcase

Capital of Australia Mandolinata

Time: 18 February 2017 1.30pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Crown Entertainment Lily Young

African Village Showcase

Lily Young

Time: 17 February 2017 10.00pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square (off London Circuit)

Cumbiamuffin

15 Piece Band Cumbia Orchestra will be performing at the 2017 National Multicultural Festival.

Cumbiamuffin’s wall of sound is unstoppable on the dance floor and with the collective energy of authentic Colombian singers, this orchestra is conquering the local music scene.

Put together by Colombian and Australian musicians, the project has the common vision of introducing the purest sounds of traditional Cumbia to the Australian audiences. Cumbia is the most contagious, joyful rhythm from Latin America, played as a big band Orchestra vibe, combining elements of Reggae, Ragga and Roots from the Caribbean played by some of Australian finest Horn Section.

Since its inception in December 2010, Cumbiamuffin has sold out many well known Sydney venues - including Camelot,The Basement, Blue Beat, Club 505, The Metro, Paddington Eastside Arts, Oxford Arts Factory, performed at number of Festivals including The Annual Darling Harbour Fiesta and Parramasala Festival. Cumbiamuffin has also stretched its considerable musical talents to share stages with Sidestepper, Frente Cumbiero, Chiva Gantiva (Colombia), Mucho Mambo (AUS), and Watussi (AUS) amongst others.

Cumbiamuffin

Time: 18 February 2017 11.40pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place