The countdown to Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival is on!

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The National Multicultural Festival is returning better than ever this year celebrating its 21st birthday over three days from February 17-19.

This weekend you will find people eating, drinking, laughing and dancing in Civic with locations including Garema Place, Ainslie Avenue, Civic Square and Alinga Street.


The festival will have over 100 food stalls, with sweet and savoury and all things in between including Dutch pancakes, Chinese dumplings, Spanish Paella, German beer and Greek Moussaka.

On Friday the opening concert kicks off, featuring headline performer Kate Ceberano along with Wiradjuri, Bollywood, Andrea Kirwin, Miriam Lieberman and more.

On Saturday, there will be a range of exciting entertainment including the renowned Food and Dance Spectacular, The FRINGE, Happy Chinese New Year, Pacific Island Showcase, African Village, European Village, India in the City, the Indigenous Showcase and the vibrant and exciting Parade!

On Sunday, there will be some of the good old favourites including the Latin Quarter, Greek Glendi and Celtic ceilidh from 11am and wrapping the complete show up at 5pm.

If you find yourself in need of a little time out head to ‘The Sanctuary’ at Petrie Plaza West. Children, parents and festival goers can get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the quieter festival atmosphere with a variety of traditional music and dance by Thai, Vietnamese and Jamaican performance groups.

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