Saturday 14t December 2019 Federation Square.
Following excerpt is from https://www.africanmusicfestival.com.au
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.