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National Multicultural Festival 2017

Jan 30, 2017  ·  3 min read

words by annie brown

This year (and let’s face it, every year) there are endless countries I want to visit on my holiday wish-list. Devouring a big bowl of carbonara in Italy is a mainstay as is a spot of salsa in South America. While I’m at it, a stein or two in Munich and some sushi in Tokyo would do just the trick…

Oh, ahem, sorry, I think I was just daydreaming. Unless I suddenly wake up a squillionaire with no work, family or time commitments- there is no way I could just take myself off around the world on a whim.

Or…can I?

Enter this year’s National Multicultural Festival – where you can journey around the world without leaving Canberra city.

Being held from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 February, the festival is one of the Capital’s largest and most popular events, drawing locals and out-of-towners alike to experience Canberra’s largest celebration of cultural diversity.

In addition to the ability to eat and drink yourself around the world, something I plan to do wholeheartedly, there will be live music, comedy, performance art and street parties. Phew!

Australian pop and jazz icon, Cate Ceberano will be the main act on the opening night supported by Andrea Kirwin and Band, no doubt belting out some crowd favourites.

If you’re partial to a bit of a giggle, there will be comedy with a multicultural flavour coming to town for the festival. Comedian Anh Do is bringing his show The Happiest Refugee to Canberra Theatre and comedian Joe Avati will host the return of Show Us Your Roots.

For even more treats of the gastronomic and alcoholic kind, mosey on across to the National Convention Centre, where the Canberra Food and Wine Festival will be held for the same three days, supported by the festival.

My pants are bulging at the thought. Luckily, there will be plenty of opportunities to dance it all off.

Guess I can put off that trip for another year…

To learn more, shimmy on over here.


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