Canberra's Multicultural Festival is back for 2019

People dancing at Multicultural Festival Multicultural Festival returns to Canberra in 2019.

Canberra’s city centre will be transformed into a global space that celebrates the capital's cultural diversity from 15-17 February at this year's National Multicultural Festival.

The festival in City Walk will feature more than 300 stalls providing food and drink from all corners of the world, indulging curries, Koori bush tucker, French crepes, and Dutch pancakes.

There will also be a strong line-up of live music and dancing scattered across six stages. Performances will include Bollywood dancing as part of the India in the City Showcase; soul and R&B music at the USA Showcase; feathers, sequins and music in the Latin Quarters; and lion dancers to welcome the Chinese New Year.

Iconic Indigenous entertainer Christine Anu is one of three headlining acts and will perform at the opening concert on Friday at 7:30pm. Celebrity chef, Mark Olive will entertain crowds with cooking demonstrations on Saturday. And on Saturday night X-Factor contestant Isaiah Firebrace performs at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Bring the kids along to visit the Children’s Sanctuary at Civic Library on Saturday and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday for a range of cultural activities.

This year the festival will also be raising awareness of Canberra as a multilingual city with the Languages Showcase on Stage 2 at 2pm on Saturday.

National Multicultural Festival key dates:

  • Friday 15 February: Midday to midnight
  • Saturday 16 February: 10am to midnight
  • Sunday 17 February: 10am to 5pm

For more information, including a list of stallholders and the entertainment program, visit