Valley festival to showcase city’s vibrant culture

The Valley’s iconic Chinatown Mall will come alive with live entertainment, music and dance as part of Brisbane’s City Council’s 2018 Valley Multicultural Festival on Saturday April 14.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the festival would showcase Brisbane’s rich diversity with multicultural acts coming from far and wide.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax and that’s thanks to the creative endeavours of our multicultural community,” Cr Quirk said.

“This year’s Valley Multicultural Festival will be held at the end of Youth Week and showcase a variety of cultures including Korean K-Pop, Japanese drumming, African fire dancing and South American music.”

This year’s event will be hosted by Dr Rhythm aka Johnny Drama, a multi-award winning street performer and energetic MC who was a stand-out act on Australia’s Got Talent 2008 and London Beatbox Champ 2006.

Highlights of the 2018 Valley Multicultural Festival include:

  • 5pm: Capoeira, Samba and Maculele dance
  • 6.30pm: African fire show
  • 7pm: Toko-Ton Japanese drums
  • 8pm: K-pop, hip hop and Bollywood dance

Cr Quirk said visitors could make an afternoon of the event, with Suitcase Rummage Markets starting from 12pm in the Brunswick Street Mall before the festival.

“The Valley Malls continue to benefit from Council’s ongoing commitment to revitalise the vibrant Valley precinct,” he said.

“Fortitude Valley is already home to major events such as Valley Fiesta and Chinese Lunar New Year, and the Valley Multicultural Festival has been a great addition to its diverse offering of live entertainment and events.

“It’s great to be able to celebrate so many cultures in one event and visitors will be able to share their experiences instantly with Council’s free WiFi in the mall, while our MyValley website will provide top tips on where to eat, shop and play on your night out.

“Brisbane is home to more than 50,000 festivals, markets and events, and the 2018 Valley Multicultural Festival will provide the perfect opportunity to celebrate our vibrant, 24-hour city.”

For more information on the Valley Multicultural Festival, visit www.myvalley.com.au or call Council in 3403 8888.