More than 250,000 people immersed themselves in a unique blend of food, dancing and entertainment from around the world at this year’s National Multicultural Festival, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch said after the weekend’s extravaganza.
Ms Burch said this year’s festival had been a success with Canberrans and visitors alike enjoying the festivities.
“The National Multicultural Festival is the party that stops the capital,” Ms Burch said.
“This year was no different with a three-day non-stop celebration of our great, multicultural city.”
The three-day Festival ended yesterday and featured some 380 stalls featuring the food, culture and history of approximately 80 different cultures as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Safety in the extreme heat was of paramount importance, with 2,000 refillable bottles of water handed out, 23,000 bottles of water and 4,000 chairs located across the footprint.
The Festival got off to an energised start on Friday with home-grown pop sensation Timomatic the headline act, performing just after local dance act KultureBreak.
Other acts included the Zabaikal Cossacks from Russia, Sol Nation, Benny Walker, Salsabor and Subsdance dance studios, the Bosnian Women’s Choir, Tibetan Yak Dance, Canberra Bollywood School, Ethiopian Cultural Dance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural dances, a Chinese Traditional Ribbon Dance and popular rock and roll band: ole 55.
“Every year, the National Multicultural Festival brings together different cultures on a truly grand scale and this year was no exception,” Ms Burch said.
“It’s an affirmation of how much our city values and respects people from all backgrounds and loves coming together for a party.”