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Performers

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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

SARV Ensemble

The Sarv Iranian Folk Group was primarily established in Australia in 2001 as a professional band and comprised of professional Iranian Musicians and performed in various events at the officers club, schools, performance halls and Festivals around Australia.

The music band was further completed gradually upon growing the Persian Community in Australia and became more consistent in terms of assembling.

The first formal concert of the family under the name of "SARV" was performed in July 2013 at the Australian National University followed by a successful tour around Australia and in August 2013 and February 2014.

The band invited Master Majid Derahshani from Iran in 2014 to perform in Australia; Master Majid Derakhshani is presently active and has played a considerable role in introducing talented and new figures to the art community of Iran.

Sarv Ensemble will be performing at the 2017 National Multicultural Festival. Members of the Sarv Ensemble are:

  1. Vahideh Eisaei – Qanun
  2. Mansour Azadfekr – Kamancheh- Villain
  3. Salar Ayoubi – Oud – Tar
  4. Esfandyar Shahmir – Daf
  5. Jalal Taghavi- Nay
  6. Kayvan Baghi- Tonbak
  7. Maliheh Moradi – Vocal

Sarv Ensemble

Time: 17 February 2017 8.30pm
Location: Stage 6: Near Intersection of Akuna Street and City Walk

Time: 18 February 2017 5.30pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Sahaja Ygoga Meditation

Sahaja Music

Time: 19 February 2017 10.00am
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Salsabor

Latin dance performance

Salsabor

Salsabor will be appearing in the parade.

Time: 18 February 2017 6.35pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Samoan Community

Pacific Island Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 12.20pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Sanctuaries

Enjoy a quiet place to rest (Sat, Sun & Childrens)

Listen to the music and enjoy a rest and refreshing drink.

Sanctuaries

Time: 18 February 2017 9.00am
Location: Petrie Plaza West

Time: 18 February 2017 9.00am
Location: CMaG - Childrens

Time: 19 February 2017 9.00am
Location: Petrie Plaza West

Time: 19 February 2017 9.00am
Location: CMaG - Childrens

Saudi Arabian Performance Group

Saudi Arabian Performance Group

Time: 18 February 2017 12.30pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair

Time: 19 February 2017 11.30am
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Scottish Fiddlers

Part of the Celtic Village

The Canberra Scottish Fiddlers are a community group

The Canberra Scottish Fiddlers are a community group of Scottish fiddle music enthusiasts who have been playing together for many years in and around Canberra.  Their repertoire reflects the global flowering of Scottish music. www.scottishfiddlers.com/Canberra/

Contact: Kate Scott 0458 005 088 kathryn.scott.artist@gmail.com

Scottish Fiddlers

Time: 19 February 2017 3.50pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Serbian Folkloric Ensemble Canberra

European Village Showcase

SFE Kolo is a young adult ensemble of dancers and musicians who perpetuate traditional Serbian folklore through challenging choreographies, exhilarating music, authentic costume and community spirit.

Serbian Folklore Ensemble

Time: 18 February 2017 11.55am
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Shaanxi Silk Road Arts Troupe

Shaanxi Silk Road Arts Troupe will be appearing in the parade.

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

Shakshuka

Shimmy Shindig Showcase

Time: 19 February 2017 1.30pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Show Us Your Roots

Show Us Your Roots returns to Canberra for the opening night of the National Multicultural Festival

Show Us Your Roots - celebrating the best comedians from across the world who now call Australia home

Whether you’re a skip from the country, a wog from suburbia, or a ten-pound Pom, Show Us Your Roots has some of the best comedians joking about what it’s like to live in multicultural Australia.

Hosted by Joe Avati (“the Italian Jerry Seinfeld”), audiences will see some familiar television faces in Tahir (Housos, Here Come The Habibs), George Kapinyaris (Acropolis Now, Wogs Out of Work) Rebecca De Unamuno (CNNNN, The Glass House, Kath & Kim), and Hung Le (The Wogboy, Fat Pizza).

The night will also feature performances from comedians Umit Bali (Fiji), Kevin Kropinyeri (Indigenous Australia), Takashi Wakasugi (Japan), Sandi Ghandi (India), and more to be announced!

Joe Avati

Time: 17 February 2017 7.30pm
Location: Canberra Theatre

Ticketing: (02) 6275 2700 | https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au

Sierra Leonne Childrens Cultural Dance

African Village Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 4.45pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square

Sikh Martial Arts GATKA

Gatka by Akaal Fauj

Our aim was to spread the message of Guru Nanak Dev ji and let people know who Sikhs are

Time: 18 February 2017 1.20pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Slabby and Band

Indigenous Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 9.00pm
Location: Stage 4, Bunda Street

Sleepless

Sleepless

Time: 19 February 2017 1.45pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Smooth Ops

Pop, Motown, Funk and Dance

Smooth Ops is a 6-7 piece Canberra cover band specialising in corporate, charity and private functions. As well as hours of Top 40 dance and dinner rep, the group offers live karaoke and optional guest artists including bagpipes, horns and even violin. With 2 fabulous singers and a tight ensemble of keyboard, lead guitar, bass and drums, the dance floor doesn’t stop moving with the best loved tunes from the 60s to now. A high quality PA and lighting system plus dedicated sound engineer complete the picture.

Smooth Ops

Time: 18 February 2017 3.30pm
Location: Stage 7, The Sanctuary (Petrie Plaza West)

Sol De Espana

Latin Quarter

Time: 19 February 2017 11.00am
Location: Stage 2, Bunda Street (Latin Quarters)

Sol Nation

Take a large melting pot, fill half way with Reggae, add a dash of East Timorese folk song, a punch of Cuban Salsa, a sprinkle of Latin dance, 3 parts Afro-Beat, 2 parts tropical island rhythm, a sprinkle of Brazilian Samba, fill with funk and stir!

SOL NATION is the product of Melbourne’s communal musical scene - at its heart lies the reggae experience of Paulo Almeida (The Dili Allstars), the rock charisma of Colin Badger (Painters and Dockers), and the fiery ardor of songstress Deline Briscoe (The Black Arm Band).

INFECTIOUS rhythm, worldly lyrics and impassioned musicianship are just the beginning for any Sol Nation performance. From Dili to Cairns, Lisbon to Rio, Sol Nation draws upon a wealth of international musical culture to bring you a melting pot of Reggae, Samba, Funk, Salsa, East Timorese folk and African dance music.

East Timorese vocalist Almeida is the voice of Sol Nation, soaring and weaving through the music in a mixture of English, Portuguese and Tetum, a product of his life experience living in several different countries during his homeland’s occupation by Indonesia. "The band is more than the sum of its parts, though," says Almeida. "It’s about having a good time, having a dance, and enjoying the global mixture of music that we’ve found here in Melbourne."

All combined, Sol Nation has created one of the most exuberant, colorful, intoxicating and exciting live shows in Australia. With a charismatic, high energy, infectious live show, and a strong global conscience, Sol Nation guarantees a performance to remember.

The band has toured the country, from outback Australia dancing up a storm in Arnhem land at Garma Festival to the slink of the inner city of old Melbourne town in Brunswick.

Sol Nation have rocked the foundations of banality with a contagious beat and jumped on the festival train; playing at Australia’s most loved festivals Woodford Folk Fest, St Kilda Fest,Port Fairy Folk Fest, AWME (Australasian World Music Expo), Canberra National Multicultural Festival, ReggaeTown (Cairns),Globe to Globe Fest and many more….Not forgetting the ominous gig, NYE at the Sydney Harbour and many more including hitting the seas and playing in New Caledonia…

Enjoy the Sol!

Sol Nation

Time: 17 February 2017 10.30pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Sonik Waves

African Village Showcase

Sonik Waves is a Mauritian Cultural Band based in Melbourne, all band members are from Mauritius. Sonik Waves plays Traditional Mauritian Music the Sega and also perform Island Styles music such as Seggae, Maloya, Moutia, Reggae, Zook, Calypso, etc

Band members include:-

Hanley Lebon: Band manager and guitarist and has been in the music business for more than 20 years.
Johannes Darbon: Singer and has had many years as an entertainer in Mauritian resorts.
Blandine Tron: Singer and is working as backing vocals for many Mauritian artists.
Kerty Godon: Drums and has been recording with a lot of famous Mauritian artists.
Prega Sornum: Bass guitar and has played with a lot of artist in Mauritius and is also a pilot.
Jonathan De Robillard: Keyboards and has worked with a lot of famous Mauritian artists in Australia.
Judex Rose: Band manager and music director, singer, lead guitarist and Bass player and has 10 years in the Mauritius Police Band playing the Clarinet in the Symphonic Orchestra.

In October 2013 the Judex album “Afro Soul Power” was nominated by the Age Music in Victoria for PBS Best Soul, Funk, R'N'B and Gospel Album.

2015 Judex single “L’amour li fou” ft Anne Sophie Paul was voted Music Video of the year in Mauritius.

Sonik Waves

Time: 17 February 2017 8.30pm
Location: Stage 2, Petrie Plaza East

Time: 18 February 2017 8.00pm
Location: Stage 7: The Sanctuary (Petrie Plaza West)

Soong Ching Ling Foundation Youth Performance Group

Happy Chinese New Year Showcase

Time: 18 February 2017 10.30am
Location: Stage 3: Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (off London Circuit)

Spectres of Love

Canberra Fringe Festival

With tremolo guitar set to stun electric bass prowling and drums rumbling like thunder

Spectres of Love, a world of lonesome outsiders, haunted dreamers and sexually charged rock'n'roll. Denizens of dark romance and filmic atmos, thrown together by a shared lust for shared lust for primal swamp and garage rock, doo wop, gospel blues and 60s pop, this new trio features Mikelangelo (Black Sea Gentlemen, Tin Star) on lead vocals and electric guitar; MD (El Dinero) on bass & vocals and AJ True (Zombie Ghost Train) on drums & vocals.

Spectres of Love create a rich sonic landscape for the unmistakable voice of Mikelangelo. Slicing through a mist of nostalgia into the heady rush of here and now, these are songs shot through with pop-cultural references riding a musical wave both arresting and sublime.

Spectres of Love

Time: 18 February 2017 10.00pm
Location: The Fringe

Spondon

Cultural Performance

Time: 18 February 2017 5.30pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Sprigulitis

European Village Showcase

Sprigulītis has been keeping Latvian dancing traditions alive in Canberra for 60+ years & we're still going strong!

Sprigulitis

Time: 18 February 2017 10.30am
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Spring Dawn

Spring Dawn

Time: 19 February 2017 12.05pm
Location: Stage 3, Ainslie Avenue Cul De Sac (Off London Circuit)

Sri Lankan Cultural Ensemble

Cultural Performance

SCEA is a professional group of artists with the main aim of Performing, Promoting and Preserving traditional art forms of Sri Lanka.

SCEA is the largest Udarata and Paatharata dancing team in Australia and New Zealand.

Sri Lankan Cultural Ensemble of Australia

Time: 18 February 2017 9.15pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Stonozka

European Village Showcase

The children’s folklore ensemble Stonožka was founded in June 2011. The central objective of the ensemble was to unify the children of the Sydney Slovak community through their experience with traditional dance, music and poetry to deepen their relationship with Slovak culture folklore and the traditions of their ancestors.

Stonožka’s regular touring has enriched the cultural and social life of Slovaks not only in Sydney, but also in other Australian cities. We are also actively involved in church life at St Cyril and Methodius Church in Lidcombe. Additionally, participating in various events outside of the Slovak community, we can promote and foster Slovakia, its culture, traditions and folklore.

Stonozka

Time: 18 February 2017 4.30pm
Location: Stage 6, Akuna St and City Walk

Strathmannan

Part of the Celtic Village

A popular Canberra-based band, Strathmannan has been playing music around the Monaro region for several decades

A popular Canberra-based band, Strathmannan has been playing music around the Monaro region for several decades.  They play music from the rich fiddle and piano repertoire of Scotland and related Celtic music.  With driving twin fiddles and jazz-influenced piano, Strathmannan's sound has been described as a unique musical fusion of folk, classical and jazz styles.

www.facebook.com/strathmannan

Contact: Kate Scott 0458 005 088 kathryn.scott.artist@gmail.com

Strathmannan

Time: 19 February 2017 4.10pm
Location: Stage 4 Bunda Street (Mort Street end)

Subsdance

Latin dance performance

Subsdance

Subsdance will be appearing in the parade.

Time: 18 February 2017 6.25pm
Location: Stage 1, Garema Place

Sudanese Community Traditional Dance

African Village Showcase

Traditional Dance

Time: 18 February 2017 5.45pm
Location: Stage 5, Civic Square