“To understand who you truely are, you need to dig deep into your roots” Marwa Rida – CEO End2End Events
What a day at the 6th African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF) held in the heart of Federation Square in Melbourne on 14 December 2019. It’s been amazing being on the Steering Committee of this fabulous community event with a purpose of creating harmony and understanding between diverse Australians whilst showcasing African music, fashion, cuisine and culture.
The Festival was endorsed by The Hon Scott Morrison MP – Prime Minister of Australia. In his words below;
‘I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone attending the 2019 African Music and Cultural Festival – a much-loved part of Melbourne’s multicultural calendar and one of the largest African festivals in Australia.
The Festival celebrates the great contributions that our diverse African Australian community make to our nation and brings people together to experience the best of African music and culture.
This gathering and the spirit of friendship it embodies also speaks to the heart of our nation’s multicultural character.
As Australians, we are fortunate to live in a land that is home to a diverse range of people, where we are free to share and learn from the customs of other cultures.
We are a country built on the riches of many traditions, and every community group is an indelible part of who we are.
To everyone who has gathered to enjoy the music and culture of this year’s festival, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.’
Africa is the second largest continent in the world. There are 55 countries located in Africa and 35 of these countries had presentation at Australia’s largest African Community event.
Was lovely to see His Excellency The Egyptian Consul General – Mr Mohamed Fakhry amongst The VIPs attending the event and capture a photo with Iman from SBS Arabic24 and Dr Mimmie Watts an amazing African Female Leader changing the world.
If you missed my interview with SBS Arabic you can re-listen HERE. Apologies it is in Arabic for the purpose of the program
I listened to many leaders including Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs – Neil Angus MP followed by Lord Mayor of Melbourne – The Honorable Sally Capp’s words on their connection and support to The African Music and Cultural Festival then watched The Victorian Police Band performance and checked out the smiles and engagement in the crowd from the young and young at heart.
Snapped a backstage photo or two with Belly dancer ‘Desert Rose’ in recognition of Egyptian dance and culture and another photo with Caribbean Carnival Costumes Girls and enjoyed their opening performance and the many diverse dances and shows from different parts of Africa.
The performances like the food were many and varied, with a special performance by Youth Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) and band performances by Sonic Waves, Zimbabwe Community Language School, Aussie Arts Group, One Spirit Africa and many more amazing African performances by Shattoz , DJ Wise King, DJ Friday and the fabulous Emcees Poni & Stephen Tongun keeping things flowing with a Jollaf Rice Competition, Fashion shows, return tickets to Africa by South African Airlines and Air Mauritius and so much action from 10am to 10pm.
Can’t wait to do it All again in 2020!
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