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Plenty of talent at this year's National Multicultural Festival in Canberra

Former Labor multicultural affairs minister John Hargreaves will be back at this year's National Multicultural Festival – performing behind the microphone.

He's the lead singer for Canberra band Old 45s – an outfit with more than a few Labor connections.

The original guitarist was former minister Joy Burch's husband, Cam Burch.

Current Brindabella Labor candidate Karl Maftoum is still in the band, playing bass.

The band plays "the huge rock sound of the '60s, '70s and '80s".

Multicultural Affairs Minister Yvette Berry welcomed Hargreaves' continuing involvement in the festival.

"I guess that's the cool thing about people like John Hargreaves in the ACT, his passion was always in bringing the multicultural people together and he continues to do that, through his ukulele group and Old 45s," she said.

The festival performers are nothing if not diverse, too – popular singer Paulini is joining forces with Canberra's own Kulture Break for the opening concert of the festival on Friday, February 12, on the main stage in Garema Place. The Black Sorrows are the headline act at the concert, which starts at 4.30pm and continues until midnight.