On Saturday 23 March 2019 Victoria’s Multicultural Festival celebrates its 17th anniversary. It showcases our state’s rich and vibrant cultural traditions through a free one-day program at Federation Square featuring music, performance, food and art catering for all ages.
Victoria’s Multicultural Festival 2019 will be held at Federation Square on Saturday 23 March (followed by Culture Waves 2019).
COMMBANK MAIN STAGE
12:00 PM | Dorcas Utkovic
Founder of OZ African TV, Fine Artist, Writer and Filmmaker, Dorcas Utkovic is a woman of many passions and your MC for the beginning of the afternoon.
12:05 PM | Iaki
Growing up surrounded by the sound of drums, chants, dances and vinyl records in Colombia, Iaki now draws on these childhood influences blending Afro-Colombian sounds with jazz, soul, funk and reggae.
12:45 PM | Assembly
An innovative cross-cultural collaboration bringing together 11 of Victoria’s finest musicians from diverse cultural and musical backgrounds for a new piece, composed especially for Cultural Diversity Week.
1:50 PM | Voice for Change
Recently debuted their latest single, Be, at the Australian Open to a sell-out crowd! Part of the Voice For Change program, developed by Mushroom Group and supported by the Victorian Government.
2:55 PM | Circus Habesha
Ethiopia is far from traditional circus territory and yet the country boasts one of the world’s most original circus scenes. Today, incorporating local culture into the mix, the talented young performers of Circus Habesha are embracing, reinventing and enriching this circus heritage.
3:25 PM | Shepparton Heard Instinct Showcase
With self-produced beats, rhymes, catchy hooks and a good dose of straight up swagga, these young artists will take you on a journey from their roots in Yorta Yorta country to African and gospel-inspired hip hop music, to the smooth vocals and soul of the Pacific Islands.
4:00 PM | Youth Activating Youth (YAY)
The YAY dance group was started, choreographed and led by the late JJay De Melo, to promote self-confidence, entertainment and engage youth and the wider community. The YAY dance group dedicate this performance to their dearly missed friend.
4:30 PM | Dallas Woods
Dallas Woods brings together a mix of old school and new school hip hop, tackling the stigmas & stereotypes of growing up as an Indigenous Australian with sharp wit, craftsmanship and wordplay.
23 March 2019, 12PM