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Azra Khan | Festival Director

Edition 2

Exciting weekend of colour, sights, sounds, flavours and fun

There’s a hive of activity now underway in Canberra city centre – stalls popping up like mushrooms, bunting flags festooning the skyline, stages under construction – and it’s all in preparation for this weekend’s 2018 annual National Multicultural Festival.

My team and I are  delighted to bring you a spectacular line-up of entertainment by local, national and international artists, as well as access to the best global food, all in one place.

The festival will unfold in full from tomorrow afternoon 16 February in a glorious display of colour, sights, sounds, flavours and fun.

Over three days, there will be non-stop entertainment across seven stages, delicious food from almost every corner of the globe, fantastic opportunities to learn about other cultures and beautiful moments to be had with friends.

Our office is buzzing as we assist community leaders, stallholders, volunteers and performers with the final stages of preparation to bring this year’s event to life.

In Garema Place on Friday night, we’re delighted to welcome international pop icon Leo Sayer.

Grammy award winner Leo has enjoyed huge international success over the past 40 years with hits such as You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You, and More Than I Can Say and many more top-10 singles and albums. The performance is not to be missed – make sure you bring your dancing shoes!

We are also excited to have rapper Baker Boy, celebrity chef Poh and Canberra’s Lucy Sugerman at the three-day extravaganza, alongside dozens of local, national and international performers representing almost every cultural heritage on earth.

Baker Boy is the first Indigenous hip hop artist to rap in Yolngu Matha and enjoy success in the mainstream music scene as a regular on Triple J.

I can’t wait to see Canberra’s Lucy Sugerman perform. Lucy, who was a grand finalist in ‘The Voice’ 2017, has played to sell-out shows in Canberra and is a two-time Australian National Busking Champion.

Regular annual festival highlights to look out for include Bollywood dancing as part of India in the City Showcase; cool melodic sounds of island nations during the Pacific Island United Showcase; soul music at the USA Experience; feathers, sequins and dancing in the Latin Quarter; and rhythmic drumming and singing in the African Village.

To keep up with all the latest on the festival, watch the NMF website or follow us on facebook – National Multicultural Festival, twitter @NatMultiFest or download our app in the Android or Apple stores.

Let the party begin!

Best wishes

Azra Khan
2018 National Multicultural Festival Director

Edition 1


I’m very happy to bring you the first of our team’s updates on preparations for the 2018 National Multicultural Festival which will envelop Civic in swirls of excitement, colour, sounds and sights next month.

Our office is a hive of activity as staff work with community leaders, stallholders, volunteers and performers to bring the event to life.

With just over three weeks to go, preparations are fully underway with this year’s extravaganza boasting huge community participation.

There will be more than 300 fabulous food stalls serving up the most delicious food from across the globe.

Bring your appetite!

Our entertainment program for 2018 features an array of talented local, national and international performers representing a plethora of diverse cultural backgrounds.

We’re delighted to welcome international pop icon Leo Sayer as headline act in 2018.

Leo – best known for 1970s classic hits including ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ and ‘When I Need You’ – will perform on the main stage in Garema Place on Friday 16 February from around 7.30pm.

The performance is not to be missed – make sure you bring your dancing shoes!

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise the commitment of our community volunteers who will work diligently over the weekend of the festival – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February – to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of spectators and participations.

Over the coming weeks, I will continue to update you all on preparations and progress as the clock ticks down to Canberra’s favourite celebration of our city’s marvellous cultural diversity.

In the meantime, keep up to date via the festival website.

Best wishes

Azra Khan
2018 National Multicultural Festival Director