African Music Food and Cultural Festival – Dec 2019 at Fed Square


Saturday 14t December 2019  Federation Square.

Following excerpt is from

The African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF) is the largest annual African festival in Australia showcasing an amazing array of vibrant music, dancing, diverse arts, cultural performances and authentic African food that transports visitors to Africa.

The free one-day event, is a fun, family friendly affair with non-stop entertainment ranging from cultural performances, catwalk fashion shows, artists in traditional costumes and iconic drumming – all creating a memorable and unique experience that promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding of African culture in Australia. AMCF is a fantastic celebration of diversity and harmony that brings the tastes, sounds, rhythms, smells and flavours of Africa to life. It aims to contribute to community cohesiveness and breakdown barriers to the social and cultural understanding of the African Australian community in Victoria.

This hugely successful event involving over 35 African Australian communities and organisations last year attracted a crowd of over 40,000 people including representatives from the three tiers of government, non-governmental organisations. The attendance at this year’s event is expected to be in excess of 45,000 people.

The event started off with a march by the Caribbean Carnival Costumes and a marching Band  Bloco 3X that started from the Town Hall, down Swanston Street and onto Federation Square.  From then on, over twenty three events on the main stage happened like clockwork with the closing Band of King Bell and Solutions Ba Congo winding up events at 10:00PM. The varied African food stalls by the Yarra River had most of it sold out by late evening.

AMCF Steerco Certificate Presentation by Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Neil Angus MP, Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp APM; Asst  Commissioner of  Victorian Police Luke Cornelius APM,  Family Court of Australia  Judge , His Honour , Josh Wilson; AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney and VMC Commissioner David Vincent

The Official part of the event, Speeches by: AMCF Chair – Fred Alale and Youth Activating Youth (YAY) Director Ahmed Hassan.

Representing the Premier of Victoria, Minister for Finance & Multicultural Affairs – Hon Richard Wynne MP.

Representing the Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Neil Angus MP.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne – The Right Hon Sally Capp.

Federal Member for Melbourne – Hon Adam Bandt.

Federal Member for Wills – Hon Peter Khalil.

Former Premier of Victoria – The Hon Ted Baillieu  and

Victoria Multicultural Commission Chair – Vivienne Nguyen

Few Pics from the event,  in no particular order – on a cloudy and occasional sunny day,  with a cool breeze and low 20’s.

Desert Rose

Welcome to Country


Shillar Sibanda – President; Africa Day Australia

Jollof Rice Wars

Fred Alale and Commisioner, Emergency Management Victoria – Andrew Crisp APM

Gary Lee and Neil Angus- Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Fred Alale – Chair AMCF

Ahmed Hassan

Hon Richard Wynne MP – Minister for Finance and Multicultural Affairs

Rt Hon Sally Capp – Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Hon Adam Bandt – Federal Minister for Melbourne

Hon Peter Khalil – Federal Memeber for Wills

Ted Bailieu – Former Premier of Victoria

Vivienne Nguyen – VMC – Chair

Graham Ashton AM APM – Commissioner Victoria Police

David Bruce – Acting CEO Metropolitan Fire Brigade

Andrew Crisp – Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner

Ajak Kwai

Fred Alalae and

Fred Alalae

Fred Alalae

Fred Alalae

Ras Jahknow

Florence Mauwa and Amnda Green

Amanda Green – AMCF Production Director

Poni Tongun and Stephen Tongun MCs for the event

Fred Alalae

kevin peterson – Official Photographer







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