2017 Sunraysia Multicultural Festival organisers have announced that this years’ stage performance line up will include a special headline performance from the Melbourne based Asanti Dance Theatre group.

The Asanti Dance Theatre is one of Australia’s leading African dance companies. 

They have performed at the Woodford Folk Festival, the Australian Dance Awards, Sydney Opera House, and headlining New Years Eve at Federation Square, and consistently tour to different parts of Australia at a range of festivals, community events and schools.

The group specialises in traditional and contemporary African dance, music and acrobatics the company display an extensive skill set that will leave you speechless.

Importantly, Asanti also use their position in the community and through their performance fees to raise funds for their non for profit organisation ‘Nkabom’, Centre for the Arts, Creation, Innovation and Community Cultural Development, based in a small village in Ghana in North-West Africa.

Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) Manager Andrew Rankin said that it would be exciting to see a performance of this type as part of the event, not only for the broader community to see, but also as inspiration for young people from our local African communities. 

“Part of our plans for this years’ event is to encourage new & emerging community groups from other areas to come and be part of the fun and participate” Mr Rankin said.

 “We hope this will both promote our region to others, while also stimulating some new ideas and encouragement for   our local groups for some things that can be tried here by them in the future”.

Mr Rankin said that the focus of this years’ event remains on welcoming local community groups to participate through amateur performance, food/ art/ craft stalls and other activities.

 He noted that SMECC is requesting any groups interested in getting involved to contact them as soon as possible with the deadline for applications from groups being the end of January.

This years’ event will be held on Saturday April 22 and is funded through the Victorian Government, Mildura Rural City Council and the Commonwealth Government.