African Music and Cultural Festival Summer at Queen Victoria Market
A unique opportunity to be involved in the largest African Festival in Australia. Get involved with the African Australian community, learn and/or develop event and customer skills.
The African Music Festival this year will feature a range of Food & Market Stall brands. From traditional African cuisine to genuine, unique African Arts & Craft.
We are delighted to present you with our best lineup of entertainment yet. With featured DJs, bands, dance acts and singers, we will have you dancing all day long.
African Music and Cultural Festival
summer at Queen Victoria Market
A Taste of Africa: African Music and Cultural Festival returns to host an exciting Summer Pop-up event at the iconic Queen Victoria Market this Summer.
The African Music and Cultural Festival (AMCF) is excited to announce its upcoming pop up events at the Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne. The events, called AMCF Summer running across two days will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2024 , respectively, from 9am to 4pm.
AMCF Summer at Queen Victoria Market will showcase the vibrant and diverse cultures of Africa through street foods, music, drumming and fashion. The events will take visitors on a food journey through Africa, featuring some of the best traditional street foods such as AKARA, FATAYA, JOLLOF RICE, INJIRA, TAGINE, and more. Visitors can also enjoy live performances by talented African musicians and dancers, shop for unique handicrafts and clothing from African market stalls and participate in cultural workshops and activities. Children will also be entertained with face painting, balloonist, African drumming classes, and dance tutorials.
The AMCF Summer event at Queen Victoria Market are FREE and open to all, providing the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy a fun day out. Visitors can come for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, and experience the flavours of Africa while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the market.
“We are thrilled to bring the African Music and Cultural Festival to the Queen Victoria Market. This iconic Melbourne landmark is the perfect venue to showcase the richness and beauty of African culture. We can’t wait to share the tastes, sounds, and rhythms of Africa with the people of Melbourne.” – said Fred ALALE, AMCF Chair
The AMCF Autumn and AMCF Winter events at Queen Victoria Market are a prelude to the main festival, which will be held from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 November 2024 at Federation Square. The festival is a celebration of multiculturalism and diversity and aims to promote unity and understanding among different communities.
“We are excited to host the African Music and Cultural Festival at the Queen Victoria Market. As a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, the Market is the perfect place to experience the vibrancy and diversity of African street foods, music, and art.” – said Queen Victoria Market CEO Matt Elliott.
Photos from the 2023 Three Day Festival at Fed Square: https://bitly.ws/33Gwq
Photos from the pop-up festival at the Immigration Museum March 2023: https://bit.ly/41bCVh3
Video snapshot of the 2022 Three Day Festival at Fed Square: https://bit.ly/3KGkrOT
2024 African Music and Cultural Festival @ Fed Square
The three-day festival will feature a multi-layered program delivering nonstop live entertainment on Friday (12pm – 10pm), Saturday (10am – 10pm) and Sunday (10am – 8pm). Entertainment will showcase dance, fashion, free drumming lessons, arts; along with authentic mouth-watering African street food – there is plenty of opportunity to learn about the diverse African continent.
With the rhythms, sounds and tastes of Africa spread throughout Federation Square and the River Terrace, the atmosphere is electric and guaranteed to make you feel good. With so much happening throughout the three day festival, it can be hard to know where to start! We recommend grabbing lunch on the River Terrace at one of our African street food stalls and then immersing yourself in the incredible main stage live performances.
For families, there is kid’s entertainment including African drumming classes, face painting, Santa’s grotto, balloonist and more!
At the heart of AMCF is the promotion of “Celebrating Diversity and Harmony” through cross cultural awareness, mutual respect, education, understanding and unity, whilst providing locals and visitors with a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate Africa’s diversity. The festival also pays respect to our traditional elders the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation with a traditional ceremony to officially open the event.