BEC MAC 
 

Bec Mac will join us on Australia Day to interview and share the stories behind some of our diverse and talented stage performers. Bec Mac is an avant-garde artist, creative producer and broadcast presenter, her legendary live art event LOVE TV has been presented Internationally including the City Of New York where she hosted the most intimate conversation in the most public space as Aphrodite the Goddess of Love. 

CANBERRA CELTIC PIPE BAND AND DANCE SCHOOL

The Canberra Celtic Pipe Band and Dance School is a community based and family oriented band. Founded in 2001, band members wear the Irish National Tartan and perform Irish and Scottish tunes and dances.
The band is unusual, being the only pipe band in Australia in that some band members playing instruments also dance.

CANBERRA DRAGON DANCE

Asian lion dance, dragon dance and martial arts performances including Canberra's own Fearless the 18 m long Singaporean dragon performing to the sounds of Asian percussion. 

FLAMENKISIMO

This mesmerising ensemble will showcase Andalusian dance and music. Flamenkisimo are delighted to include a performance from special guest dancer - Pepa Molina, who has had a most notable career both in Spain and Australia. The performance will feature the unmistakable sounds of Flamenco music and dance, and will embody the traditions of Flamenco, within a contemporary frame.

FUNKY TROP

Rising out of urban centres of Canberra in 2017, FunkyTrop has been evolving into a mix of Latin grooves and Afro-American funk, with their unique energy and highly eclectic show.  This exciting six piece latin band features stellar and eclectic Nigerian born Adanna Obinna on vocals. FunkyTrop always presents a highly danceable show bringing the cultural roots of Latin-Funk to the ears of their crowds.

LOLO LOVINA AND MARK ATKINS

Lolo Lovina (‘Red Beer’) is an intoxicating brew infused with Unza, Swing and Balkan Gypsy beats created & fronted by Romani- Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak. Lolo Lovina`s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist, who grew up with three native cultures. The charming and passionate performance of their charismatic singer makes each concert a unique experience. Featuring Leonid Beshlei on keys and sax, Sam Golding on trumpet, John Hibbard on trombone, Nenad Radic on drums, George Nikolopoulos on bass and Nikos Sousamidis on guitar. This Australia Day, Lolo Lovina are honoured to be joined by renowned Yamitji Didgeridoo player Mark Atkins.

MARK ATKINS
 

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians. A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark Atkins is known not only for his masterly playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker.

MICHAEL SIMIC & JERIKYE WILLIAMS WITH AUNTY MARIA WILLIAMS

Michael Simic the Balkan Elvis will join with Wiradjuri rock’n’roller Jerikye Williams on a smooth musical journey where their effortless musicianship and charisma will light up the stage, performing classics and original songs, with special guest appearance by Aunty Maria Williams.

MICHAEL WEIR

Michael Weir (Wizz) is a proud Wiradjuri man passionate about sharing the stories of his people. Open and honest, his lyrics are thought-provoking and represent the strength, pride, and resilience of the oldest living culture in the world.

MULLEUN DREAMING

Mulleun Dreaming was established in honour of the late Kingswell Carl Brown, a proud Ngunnawal Murringe man who devoted his life to caring and representing Country. He was a major leader in Canberra with much influence, respect and integrity, who could say a million words without even whispering one. Mulleun Dreaming continues his legacy, led by the passionate Justine Carla Brown, in supporting community through Traditional Dance performances and workshops, Yarning Circles and Cultural Walks. 

PACIFIC ISLANDS MEDLEY

Pacific Island traditional dance medley paying ode to the ancient song and dance of Polynesia.

PROSPEROUS MOUNTAIN DRAGON & LION DANCE

Canberra's family of lucky lions are here to celebrate Australia Day with everyone! Our lions bring life, vibrance, joy and good luck to everyone! The lions will be performing a set routine followed by crowd interaction. If any of the lions come near you, please give it a gentle pat for good luck!

SACHÉM


North Stradbroke Island local, Sachém is an artist whose intellect and creativity reaches new levels.. The rapper, singer, and spoken-word poet has played at Yonder Festival in 2020 and Mountain Goat Valley Crawl 2021, fans who see Sachém live can expect to be enamoured by a "young indigenous man, conflicted and exhausted, amidst a turbulent battle of ego, monetary gain and self-discovery" which manifests in a theatrical and emotive performance. 

STELLAR CONNECT

Presenting several of Canberra's most engaging dance troupes, Stellar Connect provides a platform for the audience to see themself reflected on stage with these talented dancers representing a range of cultures, ages and mixed abilities. We are delighted to feature Project Beats, Passion & Purpose, Xtreme Stars, Apsaras Arts Canberra, Ira Patkar and Dance Northside in this dance showcase.

SUPER RATS

Super Rats take you on a hijacked musical taxi ride through the backstreets of Bucharest. At the heart of the band is the cimbalom – a ramshackle 145-stringed Austro-Hungarian contraption that sounds like the offspring of a honkytonk piano and a xylophone. Blistering accordion, sinuous violin, and thumping double bass complete this award-winning group.

TAIKOZ

Australia’s internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble, the award winning Taikoz will deliver an exhilarating experience of Japanese taiko with infectious rhythms and explosive energy coupled with meditative grace.

VICTOR VALDES MARIACHI SHOW
 

Victor Valdes is a truly extraordinary performer, with this rare opportunity to experience him in full regalia with his big band Mariachi group, as they play all the Mexican favourites!  Victor Valdes’ powerful, compelling voice, magical harp and passion for storytelling will take you on a unique sonorous journey through Mexico and Latin America. 

VOLI K FEATURING KG & MARK ATKINS

Voli K is a soul-infused singer, songwriter and performer whose personal story of being born albino into a First Nations family in Fiji and facing merciless bullying has inspired his songwriting and dynamic live performances. Embracing universal themes about overcoming adversity and setting course on your own mission through his music, Voli K will be joined by local hip hop artist and rapper Kg, and one of Ausralia's finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins to perform an exciting collaboration on the song 'Movin". 

ZAMBEZI SOUNDS

Zambezi Sounds is a 5 piece Canberra based band playing a vibrant mix of contemporary and traditional African music. Their repertoire includes instrumental music with great dance rhythms and vocal pieces, stories and songs, both serious and light-hearted and reggae. This is a band that has audiences on their feet, pushing back the chairs in venue halls.

MONICA MOORE

Monica Moore (Wallabindi) is a proud Noongar/Burmese woman from Perth, Western Australia. With roots in gospel and acapella ensembles, Monica is a versatile artist, performing across a diverse mix of genres. Her golden vocals have graced lineups locally and internationally for 20 years and was nominated for ACT NAIDOC Artist of the Year in 2019.  

Daughter of a Stolen Generation survivor, descended from generations of stolen family members, she is passionate about keeping her culture strong and alive through her creative expression as a singer/songwriter, visual artist and more recently, playwright.  

Monica will be weaving powerful stories and reflections throughout her performance, which includes a blend of freshly written originals and well-known songs of protest and empowerment. Monica is accompanied by talented acoustic ensemble that is Jonathan Jones - percussion and Richard Gorter – guitar in support of her storytelling

STIFF GINS

One of Australia's best known and most loved Indigenous music acts, the Stiff Gins will entrance you with their heartfelt songs and emotive performances. Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs combine stunning harmonies and wicked humour to transport you to a world of joy, spirit and song.

 

WIRADJURI ECHOES

The Wiradjuri Echoes are a prominent presence in Canberra and the surrounding communities, showcasing Wiradjuri Dance, having performed for the likes of the Prime Minister of Australia, the King and Queen of Sweden, and more importantly, have impressed the hardest of crowds - preschoolers! These striking traditional dancers share their culture through engaging and vibrant performances.

MUGGERA

The Muggera family group prides itself on its cultural knowledge and professionalism and come from a long line of cultural leaders and world-class performers with a formidable respect for culture. Guided by their Elders and community, they share culture and set a new standard for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural performance and engagement in Australia.

NANCY BATES

With a rare vunerability, Nancy Bates bares herself through deep dived words, and a voice that can only be described as pure soul.  Considered one of the best singer / songwriters in Australia today by mational treasure Archie Roach, Bates musical growth is simply undeniable.  Her songs are pure emotion, a gift to the human spirit.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people.

We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region.