The unmissable annual FREE AMCF is a one-day celebration of African culture is a December highlight and the only place where you will you see over 35 African countries and community organisations represented through music, food, fashion, dance, art and culture – right in the heart of Melbourne.

Kick off summer at Australia’s largest and hottest African festival! In its sixth year, AMCF is now a firm fixture on the Melbourne events calendar.

With a multi-layered festival program delivering 12 hours of non-stop live entertainment (from 10am – 10pm) from dance, fashion, free drumming lessons, arts, incredible raffle prizes, and spoken word; along with authentic mouth-watering African street food – there is plenty of opportunity to learn about the diverse African continent.
Plus, there’s a swag of market stalls on hand selling traditional wares, so visitors can take a piece of Africa home.
For families, there is kid’s entertainment including African drumming classes, face painting, jumping castles, Santa’s grotto, mascots, balloonist and more!
Attracting over 40,000 Victorians and interstate visitors including senior representatives from government and corporate organisations, it is the “must do” event of the summer.
Time Out Melbourne, which is Melbourne’s most respected arts, entertainment and food guide magazine rated the AMCF as one of the top 5 events to do in summer for the last two consecutive years.
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 12-hour festival, it can be hard to know where to start! We recommend grabbing lunch on the River Terrace at one of our African street foods stalls and then immersing yourself in the incredible main stage live performances or vibrant art at our Arts Hub.
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.
AMCF is possible thanks to the generous support of our 28 major sponsors and partners:
City of Melbourne, Victoria State Government, Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC), North Melbourne Football Club (NMFC), The Huddle, TIS National (Department of Home Affairs), Deloitte Australia, KPMG Australia, Commonwealth Bank, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Football League (AFL), Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Fed Square, City West Water, AMES Australia, Swinburne University, WorldRemit, CDC Victoria, Jesuit Social Services, Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), V/Line, Youth Activating Youth (YAY), Australian Multicultural Foundation, South African Airlines, Air Mauritius, Tasty Suya African BBQ and Orange Monkey Media.
Win Two Return Tickets to Africa
AMCF is delighted to partner with South African Airways and Air Mauritius who are each offering two return tickets from Melbourne to any of their destinations across Africa! To win one of these pairs of tickets valued at up to $9,000 per pair, enter the raffle ($5 for a ticket or $10 for three tickets) and make sure you are in attendance when the tickets are drawn at 8:25pm at the 2019 AMCF on Sat 14 December.
South African Airways raffle link:
Best of luck!