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There is so much to see and do at the 2018 National Multicultural Festival when the event unfolds from 16 to 18 February.

To help you plan your visit, check out our showcase listings and 16 page guidebook.  We look forward to see you there.

2018 National Multicultural Festival Showcases2018 National Multicultural Festival GuideAfrican ShowcaseASEAN ShowcaseBelly Dancing Showcase
Celtic Tattoo ShowcaseHappy Chinese New Year ShowcaseGreek Gendi ShowcaseIndia in the City ShowcaseEU Village Showcase
Indigenous ShowcaseLatin Quarter ShowcasePacific ShowcaseUS ShowcaseChildren Sanctuary Program
Sandman and Flacco ShowJay Laga'aiaJay Laga'aiaA Chinese Lady DancerThe Fringe dancerPeople IndigenousAsian DancerDancerPeople a young boyWatch performances at the National Multicultural Festival StagesFestival GoersPeople-ColombiaEnjoy the family friendly National Multicultural Festival
Music Inka MarkaMusic The FringeMusic DrumMusic Guitar BandMusic Raio de Sol BandMusic Spanish BanMusic-SingerColombian Cultural & Folkloric OrganisationCumbiamuffin
Food KababsFood Pisco BarFood CookingFood ChorizoMulticultural FoodsFood PaellaChip on a Stick
Polynesian DancingLady DancingDancehall QueensZouk DancingSamba DancingTangueros DancingDance-IndiaDance-GirlsColombian Cultural & Folkloric OrganisationColombian Cultural & Folkloric OrganisationColombian Cultural & Folkloric OrganisationColombian Cultural & Folkloric OrganisationCanberra School of Bollywood Dance


Former Festival Highlights

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Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy is enjoying another “career” year. Though this time, it’s been a “global” year. In just a matter of months, Mauboy’s star went stratospheric thanks to her starring performance as “Julie” in the “The Sapphires,” she cut a new album, and now she’s ready to take it on the road for her first solo national tour.


Right now, the multi-talented artist is one of Australia’s hottest young creative exports. And all her energies are focused on music. Jessica opens-up like never before on “Beautiful,” her eagerly awaited third album. “Beautiful” is Jessica’s most honest album, most confident recording to-date. It’s a set that reflects who she is, and where she’s come from.

“I worked extremely hard on this one. It’s much more personal. I’ve been really hard on myself with this album. And it’s exactly what I wanted and sounds exactly as I imagined it would,” Mauboy explains.

The album was recorded in a whirlwind process. Jess hit the studio immediately after she’d finished promoting “The Sapphires”; it was a long, intense route that kept her from friends and family. “It has been, I guess, a whole new emotional journey and ride. There was a lot of doubt that went into this record, and emotion and heartbreak. I write much better when I talk of being angry or sad,” she says with smile. “It’s easier to write hard break-up songs than a pop song.”

Jessica has channelled all her emotions into the songwriting process. She has writing credits on most of the songs from “Beautiful”. With this album, audiences will get a deeper sense of who Jessica is. “I feel I really have pushed myself. I gave myself a challenge and I got through it. I felt like I stepped back, and really reviewed the album and took time to reflect. It was about not trying too hard, and just singing the songs and allowing them to breathe.”

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Anthony Callea

Anthony Callea is one of Australia’s favourite and most recognised singers and performers. The Aria Award winner began singing at the age of 5, and now at the age of 28, has forged a highly successful music career with that most powerful, passionate and pure voice.


Introduced to the country via Australian Idol in 2004, his debut single The Prayer became Australia’s fastest and highest selling single of all time with sales in excess of 4 x platinum and was at the top of the charts for an amazing 5 weeks. Anthony has well and truly proven to be one of this country’s most successful recording artists.

Anthony followed his debut single with another multi-platinum number 1 single, Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water and a self-titled multi-platinum number 1 selling album. Another two top 10 hits came off this debut album with Hurts so Bad and Per Sempre. He embarked on an international song writing trip for his sophomore album A New Chapter was accredited Gold and featured two top 20 singles with Live for Love and Addicted To You. Anthony also released a Live Concert DVD which debuted at No 3 on the Aria DVD Charts, sold Platinum and later screened as a television music special on Foxtel.

He also recorded the song Healing of the Heart for the soundtrack of Walt Disney’s Bambi 2 along with international artists Martina McBride and Alison Krauss.

Anthony has embarked on two successful national concert tours, playing to sell-out crowds across Australia and appeared as special guest for touring international superstars including Ms Diana Ross, Westlife, Celine Dion and more recently Whitney Houston. Anthony has also performed for a host of international dignitaries including the late Luciano Pavarotti, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark.

Anthony has appeared on many special television events such as the Logies, Australia Day Concert, The Aria Awards, Good Friday Appeals and the Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight to name a few. Anthony’s entertainment and mentoring skills have been witnessed by millions of television viewers in recent years as he featured on Channel Seven’s It Takes Two and Foxtel’s Ultimate School Musical.

In 2007 Anthony tread the boards in his first musical production at the State Theatre in Sydney. He played a supporting role in Dead Man Walking, the true story of Sister Helen Prejean. This acclaimed opera production was directed by Nigel Jamieson (Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony). Following on from this Anthony played the role of Mark in Perth’s musical production of Rent alongside Tim Campbell and Nikki Webster.

Anthony played the role of Boq in the premiere Melbourne season of hit Broadway musical Wicked where he received audience and critical acclaim. The Sunday Telegraph commented ‘Anthony Callea is winning as a munchkin Boq’ and The Age said ‘as the munchkin Boq in Wicked, Callea is impressive’. Anthony has also accumulated a string of awards including an Aria Award along with 3 further Aria nominations, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, MTV Viewers’ Choice Award, Variety’s Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award, Dolly Teen Choice Award and a Gospel Music Award.

2011 sees Anthony release his brand new single ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh’ co written with the Black Eye Peas’ DJ Poet. In the past couple of years Anthony has been traveling and writing music with Australian and international writers and producers creating his sound and musical footprint. This pumping summer dance track is sure to be a hit on dance floors all over the country. Anthony’s growth and evolution as a music artist and entertainer will no doubt continue to inspire in this next phase whilst always demonstrating his determination and incredibly faultless vocal talent.

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Black Sorrows

Following on from the success of their album of originals Certified Blue last year, The Black Sorrows will release simultaneously, two limited edition 12” vinyl LPs titled Endless Sleep (Chapter 46) and Endless Sleep (Chapter 47).


The discs are a tribute to the likes of Lou Reed, JJ Cale, John Coltrane, Captain Beefheart, Hank Williams, Skip James and more. “I tip my hat to the spirit of these artists who have inspired me and give the songs another opportunity to be heard…I’m a di
sciple and it’s a bit of soul food.” Joe Camilleri

A few tracks were recorded at the same time as Certified Blue for “entertainment value”. As the original artists /songwriters are deceased, Endless Sleep, a track on the album by fifties rockabilly artist Jody Reynolds, seemed the perfect title. Special guests include Vika Bull singing Big MayBelle’s 1958 song That’s a Pretty Good Love, a standout track on Chapter 46.

In support of the release in Europe, the band embarked on a 20 date tour of the UK and Scandinavia in August including 6 performances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly successful album Certified Blue added to the 50th anniversary by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade. Album number 45 for Camilleri and number 17 for The Black Sorrows, Certified Blue peaked at No. 2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and finished at No. 5 for the year after 40 weeks. In The Australian Blues and Roots Chart, the album peaked at No. 1: quite an achievement for an independent release.

Endless Sleep is another superb production by Joe Camilleri and The Sorrows keyboard player, John McAll. Every intimate nuance has been beautifully captured on this vinyl only release.

The Black Sorrows are:

  • Joe Camilleri – vocals, guitar, sax, harp
  • John McAll – keyboards, vocals
  • Claude Carranza – guitar, vocals
  • Mark Gray – bass, vocals
  • Angus Burchall – drums