Afro-Caribbean Carnival

Afro-Caribbean Carnival


Posted 2024-02-15 by Jenfollow

Sat 17 Feb 2024

Images - Fed Sq

Can you feel the beat?! You soon will if you attend the free Afro-Caribbean Carnival this coming Saturday 17 February from 5-11pm at the Main Square and The Atrium at Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, in the City. For the first time at Fed Square, local and international acts will converge with the vibrant party that is Afro-Caribbean Carnival. Epic bass is coming to the heart of Melbourne, in a celebration of sound system and carnival culture. For larger-than-life music, food and cultural celebrations, don't miss it.

Originating in Jamaica, sound system culture is known for its custom-built speaker stacks and amplifiers, generating epic street parties and carnivals. It has become a thriving movement in Melbourne with each custom-built sound system bringing its own unique sounds and communities. At the heart of the party, four legendary Melbourne sound systems (D.I.Y.HiFi, Housewife’s Choice, Heartical Hi Powa and El Gran Mono) and international heavyweights Saxon Sound System (UK) and Spikey Tee (Jamaica) will battle across three stages throughout the square. See the website for program timeframes and check out the event page discussion section for more details.

Food is always the centre of celebrations, and what would a carnival be without food? Head to Swanston Street side of the square for Afro-Caribbean and African favourites including The Real Jerk, Angie’s Kitchen and Oz Brazilian BBQ. Immerse yourself and get into the carnival spirit by dressing to impress in your best carnival costume for a chance to be crowned the first Afro-Caribbean King or Queen of Carnival. If you don’t have a costume ( purchase here ) but want to join in the carnival spirit, stop by the Atrium, where you can make your own free headpiece. It's a free Create your own Afro-Caribbean Carnival Costume event from 4-7pm at the Atrium. Make a headpiece or shoulder piece which will take around 20 mins with all materials provided. Keen to buy your own unique costume? Head to MCC Costumes where Robyn and Roger have been creating costumes for the Caribbean diaspora and anyone else wanting to join the carnival spirit since 1989.

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