There’s an African music and cultural festival coming to the QVM this weekend

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There’s an African music and cultural festival coming to the QVM this weekend

African Music and Cultural Festival
words by staff writer

Feast on jollof rice, join a dance class and shop cultural wares.

Africa is one big and diverse continent. This year, to celebrate some of the wonders that part of the world has to offer, the AMCF is bringing back its annual summer festival.

Held on January 20 and 21 from 9am to 4pm in the Queen Victoria Markets C-D shed, the free event will be chock-full of a ton of edible offerings as well as family-friendly activities like live music, dance lessons, market stalls, drumming workshops and so much more.

African Music and Cultural Summer Festival 2024

  • The annual event will be held on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21 from 9am to 4pm
  • It will feature African food, classes, market stalls and performances
  • Entry is free

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

Make sure you come hungry, because the food lineup is no joke. Find hard-to-come-by African meals such as North African tagine, akara (bean fritters), jollof rice, injira (fermented pancake), fataya (deep fried pastry) and more.


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Exhibitors will include South African eatery Ostrich & the Egg South African, La Cubana’s Cuban and Caribbean eats, Angie’s Kitchen’s Ghanaian catering and Saccha African Sugarcane’s sweet juices.

On the stage, catch DJs, live music and performances by musical resident DJ Wise King, The Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble  (MATE) and KG + Passion & Purpose Dancers.  Kwacha Fashions will even be hosting a fashion show in both days of the event.

Adults can browse through the market stalls to shop for crafts, clothing and art, while children enjoy the face painting and drumming classes.

“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.

For more information of the African Music and Cultural Festival on January 20 and 21, head here