National Multicultural Festival – the People’s Favourite!

Released 10/12/2013

The National Multicultural Festival's special place in the hearts of Canberrans was confirmed today (5 December 2013) when it was named Favourite Attraction and Event at the 2013 Out In Canberra People's Choice Awards.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch said the award recognised just how popular the Festival was.

"Around 250,000 people attended the 2013 National Multicultural Festival over its three days, that's a phenomenal achievement that places this event at the forefront of Canberra's attractions," Ms Burch said.

"The success of this event is due to the huge community involvement, the hundreds of volunteers who help stage the Festival and our wonderful sponsors."

The 2014 Festival will run in Canberra City from 7-9 February. The line up already includes acts representing the best of music, food and dance from Africa, Europe, the US, South America and more.

Among the Signature Events are the ever-popular Food and Dance Spectacular, Carnivale, Greek Glendi, India in the City, Chinese celebrations, African Village, Pacific Island Showcase and, for the first time, Route 66 representing the US.

Ms Burch said that as well as providing fantastic fun the Festival was also provided a major economic boost for the ACT.

"A survey and analysis of the 2013 Festival showed that it injected more than $3.2 million into our economy with around 10% of those visiting the capital from interstate or overseas."

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