Thousands of Australians celebrate National Multicultural Festival in Canberra

CANBERRA, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — Thousands of Australians have embraced the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra in the past two days, local media reported on Sunday.

The Festival kicked off on Friday night with a concert from Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, who has both indigenous Australian and Timorese-Indonesian heritage.

On Saturday, Fijian dance troupe Vou gave the festival a taste of what their traditional dancing are, performing a fearsome- looking routine, set to the beat of traditional drums.

Vou spokesman Edward Soro said the festival was the group’s first trip to Canberra, it’s second to Australia, and his group had come to Canberra at the request of the local Fijian community.

“We’re really looking forward to looking at all the other traditions as well,” he told Canberra Times on late Friday.

On Saturday, white tents were crammed into Civic, offering cuisine from around the world to festival-goers on what is traditionally the busiest day of the event.

Meanwhile, Australia Capital Territory Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch hoped lots of Canberrans would also take advantage of Sunday’s activities.

“Staged in City Walk, the festival is one of Canberra’s most eagerly awaited and popular celebrations,” she said.

“With six performance stages full of multicultural entertainment, you’ll find yourself traveling around the world in a single weekend.”

A Chinese New Year celebration will be held on Sunday, with performers celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.

Another stage comes with Greek dancing and food will also be on offer, while an indigenous showcase offers children the chance to join arts and music activities.

Special guest star Troy Cassar-Daley will appear on one of the six stages on Sunday.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

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