26 September 2023

Multicultural festival marks 25th anniversary

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Preparations are in full swing for the 25th anniversary of Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival (17-19 February).

Unveiling details of the festival, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Tara Cheyne said the 25th anniversary was a special event not to be missed.

“The layout for this year’s festival has been carefully designed to minimise congestion around the stalls and stages, especially along City Walk,” Ms Cheyne said.

“City Walk’s permanent plantings now make it an ideal place to relax and enjoy cooking demonstrations,” she said.

“We will have eight stages across the festival so no matter when you attend, or where you are, you’ll find a heap of entertainment, culture, food and fun.”

Ms Cheyne said Glebe Park would also be part of the festival this year – “a perfect place to sit and snack on your culinary delights, enjoy great cultural entertainment and participate in workshops”.

She said that for the first time, the festival would include hands-on workshops to allow communities to share their cultural heritage through dance, art and language.

“The festival will feature 35 workshops across the weekend, including how to wear an Indian sari or Korean hanbok, kung fu, calligraphy and bush dancing classes, learning Tongan greetings and how to write in the Ancient Egyptian Coptic alphabet,” the Minister said.

“Workshops are free, available on a first come basis, and are not ticketed,” she said.

“Another first for the anniversary year will be a dedicated cooking demonstration program at the City Walk stage across all three days.”

Ms Cheyne said the stage would feature over 15 community and professional chefs sharing stories and techniques behind cultural dishes from Taiwan to Assyria, Peru to Thailand and more.

The full National Multicultural Festival program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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