2019 Canberra National Multicultural Festival

A Journey to Afghanistan: 2019 Canberra National Multicultural Festival

2019 marks the second year the Embassy of Afghanistan will participate in the National Multicultural Festival, and the Embassy invites all members of the community to join in celebrating Afghanistan and its culture, history and traditions. This year is also an opportunity to commemorate 50 years of bilateral relations between Australia and Afghanistan, and look forward to a future of cultural exchange and cooperation together.

The National Multicultural Festival is an annual festival organised by the ACT Government which involves hundreds of community groups, national and local businesses and foreign diplomatic missions, amongst others. The Embassy of Afghanistan counts amongst the participants, alongside over 300 stalls from around the world. The National Multicultural Festival will be held from Friday the 15th to Sunday the 17th of February in Canberra’s city centre, which will be transformed into a venue for live music, dancing, food and activities. 

The Embassy invites friends of Afghanistan, business owners, Afghan diaspora communities and all other members of the public and their families to visit the official stall on Saturday the 16th of February. The stall will be located near David Jones in the City Center (Stall 32 and 33) and will provide an insight to the culture and traditions of Afghanistan, as well as give a flavour of the country with local sweets, drinks and snacks available. There will be activities for children, displays of traditional clothing, musical instruments and kites, as well as a range of other displays and a photography station for visitors to take a piece of the festival home with them. The 2019 stall will also be home to photographs and information launching the 50th anniversary of Afghan-Australia bilateral relations. 

The Embassy looks forward to warmly welcoming all visitors and their families and friends to the official stall on Saturday the 16th (from 10 am to 10 pm) and hopes that this year’s National Multicultural Festival is an opportunity to learn about Australia’s rich multicultural society, as well as about the history and customs of Afghanistan.

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