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Welcome to the 2018 National Multicultural Festival

Mark your calendar - the National Multicultural Festival will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February 2018.

For the 22nd time, the National Multicultural Festival will again bring one of Australia’s biggest and most diverse celebrations to the heart of Canberra.

This year more than 280,000 people flocked to the city to share in three days of food, fun, dance, culture and creativity. Canberrans and visitors from interstate and overseas were delighted with the quality of the entertainment and the wonderful variety of food from across the globe.

Initial planning has already begun for the 2018 event with key community partners.

For updates on planning during the months ahead, including the opening of stallholder applications for the 2018 festival, follow the Festival via Twitter @NatMultiFest and Facebook ‘National Multicultural Festival’. Alternatively, you can visit the website at

Rachel Stephen-Smith
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs


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
Community Services Directorate
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Our Staff

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

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

For stallholder inquiries please email
For media inquiries please email