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Come taste the foods of Africa while listening to music
The African and Cultural Music Festival (AMCF) is the largest annual African festival in Australia. It will showcase some amazing and vibrant music, dancing, diverse arts, cultural performances and authentic African food.

The festival will be held at Federation Square, on Saturday 8th December 2018, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.

African food is very tasty and traditionally uses a mixture of local cereal grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and milk products.

In some parts of Africa, the traditional diet eaten is dominated by curd, fresh and healthy vegetables, whey and milk products. In a large part of African areas, cow's milk cannot be produced locally because it is rare. This depends on the region of this continent, as there are quite significant differences throughout Africa.

If you have never tasted African food, now is your chance at this free entry one-day event. It will be a fun, family event with non-stop entertainment. This will range from some interesting cultural performances, great catwalk fashion shows, artists appearing dressed in traditional costumes, and iconic drumming.

This will be a memorable and unique experience and it will promote an understanding of African culture in Australia. AMCF is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity and harmony that brings the tastes, sounds, rhythms, and flavours of Africa to life.

This exciting event will involve over 35 African Australian communities and organisations and last year the event had a crowd of over 30,000 people including representatives from the government and non-governmental organisations. The attendance at this year's event is expected to be in excess of 40,000 people!

Some of the performers appearing will be:

BURUNDIAN DRUMMERS - the organisation provides social support, health and well-being activities and programs for the Burundi people of Victoria.

LAMINE SONKO AND THE AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE - they are a percussive blend of African roots music, Reggae, funk and blues. They are influenced by the ancient music and stories of West Africa and have been playing since 2014.

FLEURS DES LILES - this group are professional Mauritian Sega dancers from Melbourne. They are passionate about their heritage and always like to make sure that the audience has a memorable time.

There will be about 23 artists appearing at this festival and you can see them all by clicking on this link.

The following will be in attendance at this festival:
Tribal Tastes Food
Saccha African Sugarcane
Mobile Chakula
Food of Congo
Tastes of Sengal
Tasty Soya (African BBQ)
Argan Moroccan Street Food Truck
Fresh Pressed Orange Juice
Bretzel Biz
The Injera Hut

The Arts Hub
The Arts hub at AMCF is an intimate space that will bring together up and coming artists. There is a huge talent in the African Australian community in Melbourne. These artists now have the opportunity to perform on stage, thus giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artists.

The Arts hub will provide a a space for them to be listened to and appreciated. The Arts hub will include the following:

The spoken word
Head wrapping
Painting displays
Leaders who will tell their stories of success through their art in Australia.

You can see the whole schedule of events/program at this link.

For more information and how to get there, check out their webpage here.

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Why? For an African Festival of eating, and cultural events
When: 8th December, 2018
Where: Federation Square
Cost: FREE entry
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