African Music and Cultural Festival going ahead with a virtual program

African Music and Cultural Festival

African Music and Cultural Festival going ahead with a virtual program

Photos from 2019 festival

Returning for its seventh year, the African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF) is going ahead in 2020 with a fully virtual program. This means that for the first time in the festival’s history, audiences all across Australia will be able to enjoy the exciting program of dance, music, fashion and even cooking tutorials.

The diverse program features contributions from over 35 different nations and organisations. AMCF Chair, Fred Alale is particularly excited to present a live studio performance by Platinum award-winning artist Timomatic. Other highlights include a performance by Ghanian drumming master Kofi Kunkpe and a Tastes of Senegal food demonstration.

The message this year is “Celebrating Diversity and Harmony”. With the arts industry in Melbourne taking a huge hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebration of culture, art and music is a true symbol of hope and resilience.

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“While we have had difficult situations and difficult times as a nation and as the world because of the pandemic, there are still things that bring us together. Music, art and the celebration of our cultural heritage remain strong. They bring us together to celebrate our diversity.”

The festival organisers are looking forward to promoting cross-cultural awareness, respect, education, understanding and unity. This was what originally inspired Alale and his team to establish the festival back in 2014.

They were given the challenge by the Victorian Multicultural Commission to build an event showcasing the best of African-Australian talent to the wider public, in turn creating a positive image of the African-Australian community. The event has only continued to grow since then, and this year is no different.

The African Music and Cultural Festival hopes to reignite the arts sector in Melbourne as well as strengthen the collaboration between different states.

Alale is heartened by the support the festival has received from local, state and even federal government.

“The Festival has for seven years highlighted the diversity of African Australian communities and I’m glad that – while different this year – the show goes on. It is a true testament to the strength of your communities” – The Hon Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria.

The entire festival program will be live-streamed to audiences this Saturday from 12-6pm.

Event details:
WHEN: Saturday 12th December, 12-6pm
WHERE: Online at
COST: Free

Isabel Zakharova

Isabel Zakharova is a final-year student at UTS, studying Communications and International Studies. She loves reading, writing and exploring other cultures - through travel, film and cuisine. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]