Watch the highlights here from the 2019 African Festival Melbourne at Queen Victoria Market
African Festival Melbourne at Queen Victoria Markets this Spring!
September, Sunday 22nd
When you listen to the beat of the drum your body starts to sway. The fragrance in the air will get your mouth watering. Everyone treats each other as old friends.This is Africa and it's coming to Queen Victoria Market
Festivals are about celebration, the gathering of people to revel in arts, culture, food, and community. The African Festival Mel will highlight Melbourne's African community and its offerings. It is aimed to be a fun and engaging event. This event gives the wider community an opportunity to come along and experience African culture through its food, flavours, arts and crafts and entertainment. The African Festival visions to be a community engagement festival, with the mission to produce a contemporary annual festival as a catalyst for a strong, proud and dynamic community that appreciates and celebrates its diversity.
Bustling with vendors serving flavours from all over Africa, lots of activities for kids and entertainment only like the Africans can deliver. You will be humming and swaying, and dancing to the beat of the drum.
This is a cultural immersion, where you can meet the community, eat the food and enjoy the entertainment.
Showcasing foods from Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Ethiopia, and more, festival goers will really get to enjoy flavours from the continent of Africa. An adventure for your taste buds awaits with things like ghanaian style kebab, African Plantains, Mafe (peanut butter stew), Accara (vegetarian bean fritters), Jerk chicken, doubles, Koeksisters , Bunny chow and middle eastern hummus on the menus.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to show for African giftware and jewellery.
The stage will be full of amazing entertainment with groups like One Spirit Africa, Wassawumba, Melbourne Djembe, and afrobeats by Kwabo Events performing and running workshops for festival goers to get involved and learn some new moves.
The festival will be hosted by Dorcas Maphakela recipient of the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Dorcas is the Founder/Producer and Presenter of OZ AFRICAN TV and works tirelessly within her various roles in uplifting the African community.