National Multicultural Festival

Experience the sights, sounds, fun and flavours at the 2015 Centenary National Multicultural Festival, held 13 - 15 February in Australia's capital city, Canberra. This event will unite the community through a sharing of diverse cultural traditions, performances, concerts, and exhibitions.

Experience an array of different cultures

During last year's festival more than 250,000 people visited the heart of Canberra to take in all the sights and sounds of this exciting event. The festival was made even more exciting because it embraces the fact that Canberra was built on a foundation of multiculturalism. Organisers state that this multiculturalism is what actually defines the festival.

As Australia's centre of democracy, the city is home to more than 100 high commissions and embassies. The city boasts a population with heritages from more than 170 worldwide countries. So, what better venue than Canberra to hold the country's best-known multicultural gathering?

Signature Events

filipino.jpgDetails of the 2015 event have yet to be released but in 2014 the National Multicultural Festival presented several signature events spread across four stage venues - Akuna Street, Petrie Plaza, Civic Square, and Garema Place.

The African Village let attendees experience the traditions, culture and food from 13 separate African Nations.

Carnival in the City presented the rich heritage of the Latin culture through song and dance. This was the night that Canberra danced to a Latin beat!

Chinese New Year in the City allowed participants to revel in the sounds and sights of a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration - complete with celebrations dedicated to the Year of the Snake!

The Indigenous Showcase let visitors experience a vibrant showcase of Aboriginal culture, including, music, dancing, art and cooking. The performance by the famous Australian band Coloured Stone was a highlight.


There will be many exciting workshops that will be presented during the running of the National Multicultural Festival. In 2013 Drumassault performed traditional drumming rhythms from West Africa on dundun drums and djeme, which was an event not to be missed!

The Sanctuary

The past three years has seen the inclusion of older Canberrans via The Sanctuary. A collaboration of the ACT Government's Office, the diplomatic community, and the Canberra business community, the Sanctuary provides older festival spectators a program of great music, complete with chairs, tables, shade and more. The programming at the Sanctuary includes the fabulous Borders, and the Delta-blues inspired stylings of slide guitarist Fina Boyes.

2014 Performers

Timomatic was the 2014 'Face of the Festival'. This famed singer and songwriter brought his unique stylings to the festival, and his performances were a highlight.

In addition to Timomatic, there were many other exciting performers at the festival. 

While the 2015 event details have yet to be released, you can keep up to date on the various events and performers at

About Canberra

While the National Multicultural Festival may be the highlight of your holiday, there are plenty of other sights and activities to experience in Canberra. Discover the rich Australian history at one of the many museums located in Canberra, including the Canberra Museum and Gallery and the National Dinosaur Museum.

There are also plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy including the Big Splash Waterpark and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. There are also many delicious restaurants and eateries to enjoy in the area.

Make sure to choose a spacious and comfortable holiday rental for your trip to Canberra. Many of these accommodations are located close to the National Multicultural Festival, so you can easily enjoy the festival, as well as the Canberra area.


NB: All information in the above article was correct as of 7th July 2014.

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