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 22 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.
Chris Steel MLA (ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs) is proud to announce the 2019 National Multicultural Festival to be held from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February 2019, one of Australia’s biggest and most diverse celebrations to the heart of Canberra.
We are delighted to be working alongside our community partners to help bring the 2019 National Multicultural Festival to life.
With lots of innovative and exciting elements added to the mix, Canberra's favourite annual event is bound to be one of the best on record.
For media inquiries please email CSDmedia@act.gov.au
If you have any questions email the Festival team at inbox@Multiculturalfestival.act.gov.au.au.