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2018 National Multicultural Festival

The 2018 National Multicultural Festival will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February 2018.

There will three jam-packed days of fun, music, dance, cultural performances, food and festivities planned for all to enjoy.

The Festival in 2017 included the Sanctuary zone in Petrie Plaza and the Children's Sanctuary in Civic Square which offered an accessible and peaceful space away from the heat and rush and a place for Children to enjoy the festival and playtime activities.

We look forward to welcoming you to Canberra and the National Multicultural Festival.

Feel like dancing? Legendary international pop icon Leo Sayer set to get crowds rocking at 2018 festival

Leo Sayer

Leo Sayer almost needs no introduction. He is held in great esteem as a live performer and recording artist by all age groups - from 6 to 60. This is as much due to his appearing famously with the Wiggles on DVD, CD and television as it is a by-product of his 40 year showbiz career. His concert history is legendary...

From the Olympic Stadium in Moscow, through Central Park, New York, the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, the Las Vegas Hilton, Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Apollo and the Royal Albert Hall in London to the State Theatre in Sydney and the Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Leo Sayer has played the lot!

Add to this the fact that he writes almost all of his own material and you can see why Leo is the consummate musical act.

Gerard Hugh Sayer (to give him his original name) was born in 1948 at Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England. After studying graphic design at Art College, he worked in his late teens and 20’s as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator in London, playing blues harmonica by night in folk clubs.

He met co-writer David Courtney in 1971 and shortly afterwards, with a name change from Gerard to Leo, signed a management contract with ex 60’s pop star Adam Faith.

The trio’s first success came in 1973 when The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey based a debut solo album around Leo and David’s songs. 1972’s “Daltrey” led to Adam and David producing “Silverbird”, Leo’s first album release in 1973, which had the breakout hit: “The Show Must Go On” featuring Leo dressed in the costume and white make up of Pierrot. The album and single both hit the UK # 2 slot.

Leo’s star continued to rise in 1974 with a second album, “Just A Boy”, the Pierrot image now discarded. From this the singles “One Man Band” and “Long Tall Glasses” (a US # 7) became international chart hits. He toured the States and Australia for the first time that year, and the impact of that first tour of Australia has endured to the present day. Further success ensued with 1975’s “Another Year”, which spawned the classic hit single “Moonlighting”.

A major turning point in Leo’s career came in 1976 with his premier American album, “Endless Flight”. This gave him his first US # 1 with “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”, a crossover R&B dance hit which also won him a Grammy Award. Then Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager’s “When I Need You” went on to do the same. The album was a worldwide success, with “How Much Love” also hitting the top of the charts.

In 1977 Leo followed this up with “Thunder In My Heart” (with a later single remix of the title track becoming another UK No.1 as recently as 2006), and then, in 1978 with “Leo Sayer”, which included further hits like “Dancing The Night Away”, “Raining In My Heart”, and “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.

Leo by now was living in the USA, where two more hit albums were created: “Here” in 1979 and “World Radio” in 1983. He was not only on the road in the USA, but jetted all over the world from his L.A. base to play concerts the UK, Australia and Europe, especially in the UK where he starred in his own TV series for the BBC.

While visiting England, Leo had recorded “Living In A Fantasy” in 1980, and a single from this album: “More Than I Can Say”, put him back on the top of the worldwide charts. Working with producer Alan Tarney at the time, he even found time to pen a top ten hit for Cliff Richard, with “Dreamin’” in 1981.

More hits followed: “Orchard Road” in 1983, along with “Have You Ever Been In Love”, featured as the title track of another hit album released that same year.

In the international music charts there have been more than twenty top ten singles and five top ten albums in Leo Sayer’s illustrious recording career. Add to this the hits written for Cliff, Three Dog Night, Tina Turner, Gene Pitney, Jennifer Warnes and Dolly Parton. It proves his prowess as an internationally acclaimed and talented songwriter.

Now a citizen of Australia, where he is based, Leo is busier and in demand more than ever. Last year was his 40th anniversary and to celebrate he completed a tour of 58 venues in all states during 2011.

There’s no sign of him slowing down either. At 63, his energy is palpable. He is planning a new studio album for next year, along with concert tours of Korea, the UK and New Zealand, and he has also created a new Christmas song: “Coming Home For Christmas”, which has just been released on the Myer ‘Spirit Of Christmas’ album this festive season.

Leo is a busy man who loves his life and work, and lives for pleasing audiences and music lovers around the globe, totally determined that whatever happens - “The Show Must Go On”.

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Poh planning to cook up something great for festival-goers

Poh's Kitchen

Poh’s food career began in the first season of TEN’s MasterChef Australia in 2009. Shortly after Poh was offered her own cooking show Poh's Kitchen to be screened nationally on ABC 1. Poh's Kitchen ran for three consecutive seasons with the third season Poh’s Kitchen Lends A Hand screening to rave reviews. In 2015 Poh found a new TV home on SBS with her series Poh & Co, a fly on the wall look into her hectic life as a cook, an artist, and small business owner. The show proved a hit and SBS immediately commissioned an expanded second season of nine episodes.

Running in parallel with her career as a TV chef is Poh’s venture into the world of food writing. In 2010 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of publishing her first cookbook, Poh’s Kitchen - My Cooking Adventures, which stayed in the top ten Australian bestsellers list for six weeks. Four years on Poh’s second cook book with HarperCollins, titled Same Same but Different was released. Publishing interest continued to grow and a new deal was then signed with Murdoch Publishing for her third cookbook Poh Bakes A Hundred Greats, on shelves in time for Christmas 2017.

Despite her already overflowing schedule as a TV presenter and author Poh still finds time to pursue a third career as a visual artist, painting professionally for over 10 years with 14 solo exhibitions under her belt. Represented by galleries in Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide her work appears in private and corporate collections throughout Australia as well as abroad.

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Poh's Recipes at the Festival

This year’s Multicultural Festival official ambassador, Poh Ling Yeow, has very generously shared the recipes for the two amazing dishes she’ll be whipping up in front of crowds this Saturday.

Check out her recipes and share your creations with us using the hashtag #NMF

Australia’s ‘fresh new prince’ Baker Boy is in the house

Baker Boy

In Arnhem Land they call Baker Boy the ‘fresh new prince’. His totem is the Olive Python, his moiety is Dhuwa and his skin is Burralung/Gela boy.

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi [formerly known as Milingimbi and Maningrida] 21 year-old Danzal Baker aka Baker Boy is related to rising stars Gawurra and Yirrmal. He is the freshest new Yolngu hip-hop talent from the Top End. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land bloodlines. He knows his value, his worth and he raps so others get it.

What seems to be a whirlwind of success since the debut of Baker Boy, Cloud 9 has manifested into a full-blown Cyclone Baker. After infiltrating the triple j crew with an instant full rotation addition and prospering in their appraisals Baker Boy’s career has dropped into 6th gear with new single Marryuna set to be a Summer festival anthem. Baker Boy is known as a multi-talented, multi-lingual artist, working across rap, dance, acting and graffiti, and he hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities.

The southern hemisphere’s largest music conference BIGSOUND picked up on Baker Boy like a hot rock and threw him into the depths of their exciting first announce alongside notable Australian musicians. For those that caught the set - we need say no more. His banging track Cloud 9 won a NT Song of the Year Award and the Inaugural Native Tongue Award.

Baker Boy has the industry talking, and is destined to be one of this country's greatest hip hop stars.

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The European Union Village on Bunda Street is your 'Passport' to Europe!

EU Passport Brochure

EU Village Listing [PDF 79KB]

Have you dreamed of visiting Europe? Would you like to learn more about the countries which form the European Union? If you answered YES, then come visit the EU Delegation and its 26 Member States on Bunda Street on Saturday 17 February from 10.00am. Come and collect your EU Passport, get your photo taken and stamp your way around the 26 EU States! Where else would you be able to visit so many countries in one day?

While you are there, get an EU tattoo or pick up a balloon, complete the competition form to win a hamper containing goodies from all over Europe or sit down and colour-in one of your favourite European monuments – there is something for everyone. Visit the individual Member State stalls to see a real life glass bee-hive, or immerse yourself in the Hans Christian Andersen themed Danish marquee, listen to the folklore band from the Czech Republic and pick up some authentic Belgian recipes. Special guests will be Norway and the Friends of Eurovision, who will be happy to share their wonderful music at the Portuguese marquee.

Who knows, after such a wonderful experience, you may decide that the far shores of Europe will be your next destination for business, study or tourism.

Welcome to EUrope!