When: February 8-10, 2013
Where: Canberra, Australia
Canberra, as well as the rest of Australian megalopolises Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, has always attracted professionals and retirees from all around the world because of the city’s high level of livability despite its obvious urban atmosphere. As such, it is not surprising to find as many ethnicities in Canberra as there are in other major world capitals like New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London.
The National Multicultural Festival, Canberra (February) was started in 1980 by the ACT Ethnic Communities council as a one-day event to celebrate the various indigenous and immigrant communities who have made their Canberra their second home. It was only in 1997 that the festivities were officially began as a weeklong affair, approved and endorsed by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Since then, the Canberra National Multicultural Festival has evolved not only to become a regional attraction, but a national and international festival as well.
About the Event
The National Multicultural Festival, Canberra (February), as the name suggests, is a celebration of differences as well as similarities of various ethnicities that are presently residing in the city. The event can be very well described as a local celebration of world culture as there are as exotic culture in Canberra as in New York and Los Angeles.
The Chinese, Indian, Malay, British, Japanese, Caribbean and Aborigines all coexist harmoniously, and all these traditions will be showcased during the three-day event. Comedy performances, art exhibitions, live music, vaudeville-style acts, street revelries and food and wine booths offering sights, sounds, tastes and flavors from around the world will all come together on February 8 to 10, 2013 in Canberra to entertain visitors and residents alike.
On any given day, Canberra has its share of tourist crowd, given that it is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most livable cities (the rest are Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide). Thus, it would be wise to book early for accommodation. The events are held in various locations all throughout Canberra, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing so you can make the most of exploring the city on foot. Like other Australian livable cities, expect that Canberra has its own share of foot-powered transit (bicycles) on top of its efficient public transport to get visitors from one point to another without skipping a beat.
The National Multicultural Festival, Canberra (February) is a must-see event that history and culture aficionados would find worth their money and time. While it is true that multiculturalism is celebrated in Canberra regardless of the time of the year, this event is the perfect one-stop-shop affair for the time-compressed traveler who wants to see as much in one sitting.
Category: Australia Festivals