Indigenous trailblazers to headline 2019 National Multicultural Festival

Ian Bushnell 15 January 2019

Christine Anu on New Year’s Eve, 2018. Photo: Facebook.

Three Indigenous trailblazers will feature at the 2019 National Multicultural Festival, with performers Christine Anu and Isaiah Firebrace headlining the entertainment, while celebrity chef Mark Olive provides live cooking demonstrations for festival goers.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Chris Steel said the festival, to be held between Friday 15 and Sunday 17 February in Civic, was excited to host such high profile Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to headline one of Canberra’s premier events.

“Christine Anu is an icon of the Australian music and performing arts scene, as well as a well-loved ABC Radio presenter,” Mr Steel said.

“Isaiah Firebrace is a young man who has already had a major impact on Australian music at just 19 years of age. Isaiah did Australia proud at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest finishing ninth with the song It don’t come easy.

“Mark Olive is Australia’s best known Aboriginal chef who features on television and has performed live cooking promotions around Australia and overseas.”

The Festival is one of the nation’s largest and most important celebrations of cultural diversity and attracts hundreds of thousands to Canberra’s central business district for music, dance, food and refreshment.

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