Australia’s ‘too white’ politics can’t deal with foreign interference – The Canberra Times

National Multicultural Festival of Canberra Celebrates Moroccan Traditions – Morocco World News

The 24th annual festival welcomed more than 200,000 people.

Rabat – Morocco was one of many countries represented at the 24th National Multicultural Festival of Canberra, Australia’s capital city, from February 22 to 23.

More than 200,000 festival-goers enjoyed music, dance performances, parades, and delicious food from around the world at the largest cultural event in Australia. 

The Embassy of Morocco in Canberra secured the country’s participation and used mint tea, Moroccan food, and art to illuminate Moroccan culture.

The Moroccan station featured a traditional lounge adorned with Moroccan crafts and artifacts that highlighted the artistic, cultural, and gastronomic diversity of the country.

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Andrew Barr, visited the Moroccan station along with other members of the government and accredited ambassadors to Canberra. 

After devastating bushfires destroyed more than 3,000 homes, burned nearly twelve million hectares, claimed dozens of human lives, and killed one billion animals in Australia, the National Multicultural Festival of Canberra is a much-needed celebration of life.

“This flagship event celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and represents a hymn to the joy of life and to hope after months of anxiety and worry,” said the ACT Minister for Multiculturalism Chris Steel, adding that the dark summer, however, “proved our patriotic character and our determination.”

“Thanks to the contribution of accredited diplomatic representations in Canberra and the efforts of local government, civil society actors and volunteers, we were able to offer the residents of the city, as well as its hosts, a brilliant and joyful celebration to forget the bush fire season that affected thousands of families,” noted the minister. 

The two-day festival hosted more than 330 stands of national organizations and foreign embassies.

Launched in 1996, the National Multicultural Festival of Canberra aims to celebrate diversity, promote equal opportunities and inclusion, share traditions, and help attendees discover other cultures.

The National Multicultural Festival is one of the most emblematic festivals of Canberra, a city that is proud of its diversity.

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2020 National Multicultural Festival held in Canberra, Australia – Xinhua | – Xinhua

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Performers dress as ladybugs at the 2020 National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, Australia, Feb. 22, 2020. The festival, held from Feb. 21 to 23 in Canberra, provided a stage to various cultures around the world and attracted visitors with music, dance performances and delicious food. (Photo by Chu Chen/Xinhua).

Grimes still queen of other-worldly pop on last ‘earth album’ before AI – The Sydney Morning Herald

Grimes, who writes, sings, produces, plays all instruments and engineers her own music, has always been a renegade; the good news is that her romance hasn’t dampened her creativity.


Her fifth album is her darkest yet, introduced by the gorgeous downtempo ballad So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth. But it’s a shape-shifting journey, from Delete Forever, a country-tinged ditty featuring Wonderwall-like strumming, to 4ӔM, switching between gentle tribal rhythms and frenetic drum and bass beats, to My Name Is Dark, a nu-metal/emo-pop hybrid.

Finale IDORU is one of the more conventional tracks, with buoyant keys and birdcalls accenting what might be a love letter to Musk, while Grimes’ ethereal voice, delivered in sighs or an airy, pretty falsetto, is the record’s only constant. She has called it her last “earth album” as she pivots towards AI-assisted art.

For now, the futurist is still the queen of other-worldly pop.



LOOK AT US NOW DAD (Cascine/Dot Dash) ★★★½

Melbourne-born Banoffee performs in Arizona in 2018. Credit:Getty Images

The last release from Melbourne-born artist Banoffee – an EP of on-trend, lo-fi R&B – came out way back in 2015.


Although it generated hype at home, Banoffee (the now 30-year-old Martha Brown) went to ground, quietly moving to LA where she set about building industry connections. In 2018 she joined Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour as a member of Charlie XCX’s live band, an experience that she later told VICE was “like going to school”.

Brown’s debut album has clearly benefited from this understudying. The melodies are punchy: sugary hooks underscored by warped, skittering production and confronting lyrics.

In the past Brown has described Banoffee as a “lifeboat” keeping her afloat in trying circumstances. Here she picks over poisonous relationships, sexual abuse and a fractured family life, in tracks ranging from the stark Permission (“I didn’t want you in my body … you never asked permission”) to the feather-light This Is for Me.

As her skills have developed, Banoffee has become an act of self-delineation – a vehicle for play and experimentation as much as catharsis. The result is a convincing first chapter from a budding crossover pop star.


East of West


This debut release by Brisbane trio East of West evokes, as the title promises, the experience of meandering through the back streets and alleys of a Mediterranean port city, where a moment of solitude and tranquillity can suddenly be replaced, as one turns a corner, by bustle, debauchery and danger.

East of West’s Little Harbour album cover.

Bosnian-born bandleader, bassist and composer Goran Gajic, with oud player Philip Griffin and percussionist Malindi Morris, have crafted an album brimming with subtle touches and details, and replete with storytelling and imagery that’s effective both mentally and viscerally.

The compositions are inspired by varied sounds, textures and rhythms from around the Balkans and the Mediterranean, with elements of funk and jazz (on the closing track Sleepy Giant, for example) and space for improvisation.

Several pieces, like the potent Fields and plaintive title track, completely change mood halfway through, adding to the overall sense of drama.

Gajic’s rich, warm bass sound drives the music, but the playing from all members is impressive, and exemplifies Brisbane’s being a fertile environment for creative multicultural music. Accessible in the best sense of the word, this is very easy to enjoy.


Jo Berger Myhre/Olafur Bjorn Olafsson
LANZAROTE (Hubro) ★★★★½

If you only ever bought music on Norway’s Hubro label you’d still possess an improbably broad collection.

Jo Berger Myhre/Olafur Bjorn Olafsson’s Lanzarote album cover.

At the same time that Lanzarote was released, for instance, out popped a bizarre album from drummer Oyvind Skarbo’s band, Skarbo Skulekorps (which races between surf music, the Caribbean, free improvisation and material akin to early Frank Zappa), and also the latest instalment of Lumen Drones’ jazz-goth nightmares of eternal winter.

Lanzarote, another dark, brooding affair, emanates from the imaginations of Jo Berger Myhre (double bass, electronics, synths) and Olafur Bjorn Olafsson (piano, organ, drums, percussion).

Their sparse, multi-tracked dialogues initially hypnotise you with their textural ingenuity, then draw you into a vision that is as bleak as a Cormack McCarthy novel, yet flecked with moments of such transcendental beauty (often from Myhre’s bowed bass) that you never feel abandoned in the doldrums.

Yes, you are taken to a place of unsettling portentousness, but one that always insinuates a light of hope. Although guest brass players broaden the palette here and there, Myhre and Olafsson can exercise the hairs on the back of your neck all by themselves.


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The National Multicultural Festival is back for another year. Photo: National Multicultural Festival: Twitter.

One of the biggest events on the Canberra calendar arrives this weekend. The National Multicultural Festival will turn the CBD into a bustling hive of music, dance, food and culture from around the globe with free events and performances taking place all weekend.

Beatles fans will rejoice as a supergroup of Aussie rockers are bringing Abbey Road to life on the Canberra Theatre stage this Saturday. It’s a rare and exciting chance to catch the album live in its entirety, a feat that not even the Fab Four themselves dreamed of achieving.

From the NGA’s Art Weekend and Shakespeare By The Lakes, to recycled fashion markets and the hometown gig for Canberra’s favourite teenage punks, there’s so much going on in the capital this weekend that you’ll struggle to fit it all in the schedule.

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Performers at the launch of the Multicultural Festival in Civic. Photo: Supplied.

National Multicultural Festival

Where: Canberra City
When: Friday from 4:00 pm to Sunday 4:00 pm
The National Multicultural Festival takes over the CBD once again this weekend. With around 200,000 attendees expected across various locations throughout the city, there’s something on offer for everyone. Expect cuisine from around the world, cultural performances, family-friendly spaces and a host of other activities. Headlining this year’s festival are singer-songwriting megastar Vanessa Amorosi, former MasterChef contestant Adam Liaw and local electro-pop sensation LIV LI. Head to the festival website to check out the full program of free events.

The cast of Lakespeare & Co.’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo: Supplied.

Shakespeare By The Lakes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Where: Friday in Glebe Park, Saturday and Sunday on the National Library’s Patrick White Lawns
When: Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm
It’s perhaps Shakespeare’s most-loved comedy and you can catch it for free this weekend. Lakespeare & Co is an independent theatre company on a mission to bring the works of The Bard to audiences in their natural habitat. A choice of two locations is on offer this weekend, with Glebe Park and the Patrick White Lawns of the National Library both set to host local performers taking on the revered play. Tickets are free to book via Eventbrite, with the option of a grazing platter on Friday evening if you feel so inclined.

Senior Moments 2: ‘Remember Remember’ hits The Playhouse this weekend. Image: Supplied.

Senior Moments 2: ‘Remember, Remember’

Where: The Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre
When: Friday and Saturday, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Australian showbiz legends Max Gillies, Tony Barber and Normie Rowe are back with a sequel to their wildly successful Senior Moments show. It’s a brilliantly funny comedy revue full of sketches, songs and downright silly moments from a troupe of performers who, by their own admission, ought to know better. Tickets start at $55. You can scoop up your own and find out more at the Canberra Theatre Centre website.


Night Shift returns as part of the monthly Art Weekend at the NGA. Photo: Supplied.

Art Weekend: Night Shift

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Art Weekend returns to the NGA on Friday night. A free, monthly program of talks, music, creating and unexpected art encounters, this is the perfect opportunity for newcomers and experienced art-lovers alike to dive into everything the national collection has to offer. This month’s program responds to ‘Belonging: Stories of Australian Art’, with Far North Queensland artist Arone Meeks on hand to share insights into his own and others’ creative practice. Head to for all the details on this month’s activities.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers make their triumphant homecoming this weekend. Photo: Claire Warren.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers ‘Desk Chair’ Single Launch

Where: Transit Bar
When: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
If you’ve been meaning for a while to get out and head to a gig, this is the one you don’t want to miss. Local teenagers Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are on a path to national (and international) stardom, and there’s no better place to catch them live than in their hometown. Also on the bill are local indie-rockers Sputnik Sweetheart, who created a highlight of 2019 with their EP Growing Pains. Tickets are $16.50 and available through Moshtix.

Local record label Warm Water and Badger & Co are teaming up to bring live music to the heart of ANU campus during O-Week. Photo: Harry Chalker.

Friday Night House Party

Where: Badger & Co, Kambri Precinct ANU
When: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Local record label Warm Water is teaming up with Canberra’s newest (and sleekest) pub, Badger & Co, to offer up a string of enticing local live music events in celebration of ANU O-Week. The series wraps up on Friday with a night of music and good vibes courtesy of a host of local DJs. It’s all paying homage to the serendipitous way these two organisations started working together and the aim of the game is to show off as much local talent as humanly possible.


The wreath-laying ceremony for the 25th Anniversary of Operation TAMAR will be held at the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade. Image:

25th Anniversary of Operation TAMAR, Rwanda

Where: The ceremony will be held at the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Parade, with the official reception to follow in Anzac Hall at the Australian War Memorial Canberra
When: Ceremony begins at 10:00 am
Join representatives from the UN and peacekeeping bodies as they commemorate what was arguably the first violent peacekeeping activity since the Vietnam War in which the Australian Defence Force took part. Seating will be provided at the wreath-laying ceremony as well as at the official reception to follow in Anzac Hall. Head to to find out more information and background about Operation TAMAR.

Members of Powderfinger, You Am I, Jet and Spiderbait are joining forces to take on a Beatles classic. Photo: Jay Wennington.

Abbey Road Live

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
When: 7:30 pm start
A sense of finality hangs over The Beatles’ magnum opus, an understanding that the band had one last creative push left in them that might well be their last. Four musicians from some of Australia’s most iconic bands have joined forces to bring Abbey Road to the stage, bringing an all-time classic album to a 2020 audience. According to Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton, we can expect moments of tenderness, all-out psychedelia and some of the most influential songwriting of all time. Tickets are still available for this unique performance. They start at $81.90 through


Get on down to the all-local markets at The Plot this Sunday. Photo: Supplied.

Love Local Markets

Where: The Plot, 12 Beltana Road, Pialligo
When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Food, drink, market stalls, a beautiful location, a family-friendly atmosphere and the comfort of knowing that every penny you’re spending is headed straight back into the local community. It’s the perfect way to spend your Sunday. Click here to check out the full list of stallholders, including Wildbrumby Distillery, Clyde River Berry Farm, Grease Monkeys, Luna Rose Jewellery and so much more.

Art Weekend is back at the NGA. Photo: Jack Mohr.

Art Weekend: Sensory Sunday

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Sensory Sunday is a free monthly program that provides people on the autism spectrum or those with social anxiety or who are neurodiverse with early morning access to the gallery. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the National Gallery of Australia away from the noise and busyness that might stop you from heading into a gallery space on any given day. Entry is free and short conversational tours will be on offer for those wanting to discover more about the works on display.

Check out Super Sunday this week at NGA. Photo: Supplied.

Art Weekend: Super Sunday

Where: National Gallery of Australia
When: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Art Weekend continues on Sunday afternoon with Super Sunday, a jam-packed program of family-friendly activities and events that create a multitude of new ways to engage with the national collection. Create your own landscape art, have a go at iPad drawing, do the wombat-wobble with Wiradjuri singer Johnny Huckle, sit and listen to storytellers, take a virtual reality tour – there’s so much on offer that it’s probably best to expect the unexpected. Head here to find out more about this month’s program.

The Three Sixty Fashion Market will take over the Fitter’s Workshop with recycled and new fashion. Photo: Supplied.

Three Sixty Fashion Market

Where: The Fitter’s Workshop, Kingston
When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
As if you needed any more excuse to update your wardrobe. Peruse new and recycled clothes in the cavernous interior of the heritage-listed Fitter’s Workshop. The Three Sixty Fashion Market is committed to encouraging a circular economy, meaning sustainability, recycling and up-cycling are always going to be kept in mind. That doesn’t mean the shopping is any less enticing, though. You’re guaranteed to unearth some great buys.

Hear what Kevin McCloud has to say and ask him some questions of your own. Image: Supplied.

The World According To Kevin McCloud

Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
When: 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
It’s safe to say that Grand Designs has revolutionised the way we think about architecture in our day-to-day lives. Its host Kevin McCloud is set to delve into his own personal story, as well as field questions from the audience in this rare theatre appearance. Expect anecdotes about his life as a TV presenter, environmentalist and all-around design guru, as well as fascinating insights into the future of design and architecture. Tickets start at $109 through

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Nick Moir’s ‘The Burning’ is showing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Nick Moir’s ‘The Burning’ Exhibition

Where: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
When: Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The impacts of a horrific bushfire season are still being felt around the region, and Canberra’s artistic community is certainly no different. Moir has spent 25 years photographing extreme weather events in his role as photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald. This series of photographs are a surreal reminder of the practical and emotional dangers that fire creates.


Sia Soliola is the special guest at this week’s Menslink Midweeker. Photo:

Menslink Midweeker: Sia Soliola

Where: Gryphons Caffe Bar
When: 5:30 pm start
Menslink Midweekers are free events, open to people of all ages and genders. This week’s edition will see Sia Soliola, known as the ‘Spiritual Leader’ of the Canberra Raiders, sharing his story. Midweekers are a fantastic chance to connect with the local community and engage with some of the key issues facing men in the Canberra region. Grab a meal, a coffee, or a drink and hear from a community leader whose impact reaches far beyond the footy field.

The Street Uni sessions is a free, all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music event. Image: supplied.

The Street Uni Sessions #11

Where: The Street Uni, 23 East Row Civic
When: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Street Uni is an invaluable youth and community organisation committed to providing cultural and creative pathways for young people. The Street Uni Sessions are a monthly all-ages, drug and alcohol-free event featuring a lineup of established and up-and-coming local musicians. This month’s iteration includes four acts spanning folk, rock, and hip-hop, as well as an open mic, making it the perfect way to get involved in the music scene.

Constellation of stars set to shine at Sydney’s Greek festival – Neos Kosmos

The 38th Greek Festival of Sydney features a full programme of events over eight weeks during which artists from the Greek community in Australia, and Greece will be showcasing their work  to the community and the general public.

On the music front, the two most outstanding names are Maria Farandouri and Giota Negka.

Ms Negka is considered the top female voice in Greek popular music and is coming to Australia for the first time. She will be giving a concert at The Factory on Wednesday, 26 February and she will be performing again at Darling Harbour on Sunday, 1 March.

Considered Miki Thedoraki’s muse, this is not the first time Maria Farandouri  has been in the Antipodes, but it is expected to be one of her most memorable appearances here. She will be performing with the Israeli tenor, Assaf Kacholi, to present the Theodarakis production The Ballad of Mauthausen. Other Songs of Humanity will feature a selection of Theodorakis’ most beautiful songs and will include the poetry by Seferis, Elytis, Cavafy and Lorca.

The concert will take place at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Wednesday, 29 April and Thursday, 30 April. The event will be in honour of the great composer who turns 95 later this year.

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The big two-day festival at will be held at Darling Harbour’s Tumbalong Park in on Saturday, 29 February: 3pm-10pm and Sunday, 1 March: 10am-10pm. It will incorporate a large number of events that will include dance, music, as well as kiosks, competitions and plenty more for young and old.

Before the main acts, dozens will showcase their creative spirit through a variety of performances in the form of theatre, concerts, cinema, book launches and essay presentations and more.

Highlights will include the theatrical presentation of The Lady of Ro by a Greek theatre group; the Aristophanes play Wealth, the presentation of the book The Glebe Point Road Blues by Vrasidas Karalis, the screening of the Costa-Gavras film Adults in the Room, with a Question and Answer session by Yanis Varoufakis author of the book about the Greek economic bailout in 2015 on which the film is based; and many other festival events.

“The establishment of the festival and its acceptance by the public at large illustrates Australia’s multicultural diversity. In its 38th year we are presented with an excellent mix of events and talents from the Greek community and Greece to continue in this way the tradition that the festivals provide a high quality,” said the president of the Greek Community of Sydney.

The president of the Greek Festival of Sydney’s organising committee and the vice-president of the community, Ourania Karteri said: “The festival offers an opportunity for everyone regardless of their origin to come and enjoy the richness of Greek culture. It also demonstrates the contribution of the contribution of the Greek Australian community to Australia’s prosperity in every sector.

“Our main celebrations in the festival will take place for the 16th year in a row at Darling Harbour where tens of thousands of people are expected to come,” said Ms Karteri.

The festival is an initiative of the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales and is sponsored by the New South Wales government with a $100,000 grant. And for yet another year the festival’s largest private-sector sponsor is Delphi Bank.

Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour is easily accessible by private or public transport (trains, buses, ferries or light rail). Be aware though that there may be traffic delays in reaching the inner-city venue.

For more details about the festival and the festival programme visit the festival website at :

Themis Kallos is a member of the community and member of organising committee of the Greek Festival of Sydney and is Programme Manager for the SBS Greek radio station which is broadcast daily on 1107AM

The star of Greek demotic music Giota Negka who will be coming to Australia for the first time will one of the star acts at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour and will be performing on Sunday night. Maria Farandouri and Israeli tenor will star in Miki Theodorakis’ The Ballad of Mauthausen and Other Songs of Humanity which is a selection of Theodorakis’ most beautiful songs and will include the poetry by Seferis, Elytis, Cavafy and Lorca. A scene from the Costa-Gavras film Adults in the Room based on the book about the Greek economic meltdown by Yanis Varoufakis. The film will be screened at Event Cinemas on George Street on 28 February at 6.30pm. The author will then take part in a Question and Answer session after the screening of the film. Writer Vrasidas Karalis will be presenting his book of poetry and prose The Glebe Point Road Blues as part of the festival in Sydney. A scene from the play The Lady of Ro which will be performed by a theatre group from Greece during the Greek Festival of Sydney.

The Neighbourhood (La Boite Theatre Company & Multicultural Australia, in association with Empire Theatres) – Limelight Magazine

La Boite opens its 2020 season with The Neighbourhood, a companion piece to its 2017 production The Village and a co-production with La Boite’s community partner Multicultural Australia, exploring the complex stories and shared experiences of First Nations individuals, migrants, and refugees. Co-created by Todd MacDonald, Aleea Monsour and Ari Palani with an ensemble of local storytellers, The Neighbourhoodis a moving and memorable piece of theatre that sees seven storytellers take the stage to tell their own stories in their own ways, through mediums as diverse as music, song, dance, hip hop, slam poetry and acting.

The Neighbourhood. Photograph © Stephen Henry

Personal experiences were juxtaposed against national and global politics and the work explored a multitude of big ideas about family and faith, gender and sexuality, welcome and belonging, among others. All of the performers addressed ideas of racism and xenophobia in the Australian context and several spoke about colonisation and intergenerational trauma, but also about healing and reconnecting with community, culture, and family. Stories were told with humour, honesty, and open heartedness, sometimes using multiple languages, and there was palpable love and mutual respect between the seven storytellers onstage. Throughout…

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Racism on the rise in Australia: Labor MP – The Canberra Times