Acclaimed Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu will head up the festival. Photo: Supplied
Celebrity Kate Ceberano will be the official ‘'Face'’ of Canberra’s 2013 National Multicultural Festival, with the ACT Government tipping next year’s event to be the biggest on record.
Ceberano is fresh from her performance in South Pacific, which earned her positive reviews for her turn as Bloody Mary, playing alongside Lisa McCune.
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch announced Ceberano’s appointment to the role yesterday morning, as well as the inclusion of acclaimed Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu in the entertainment line up.
Singer Kate Ceberano has been named as the face of the festival for 2013. Photo: Supplied
Ms Burch said the two big names had been selected to bolster the Centenary year celebrations.
The festival will be held from February 8-10 and Ceberano will sing on the opening night.
Gurrumul, a singer and guitarist who grew up on Elcho Island in north-east Arnhem Land, is feted around the world as a rare talent. He has won a host of awards and his albums are widely sold overseas as well as in Australia.
Ceberano has carved out an impressive reputation in festivals this year, having taken the reins as artistic director at the 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Ms Burch said it was exciting to have the pair taking part in the Canberra event.
‘‘Next year we will see the return of the Indigenous Showcase at the festival and with the support of the Centenary of Canberra and the ACT NAIDOC Week committee it will include a performance by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu,’’ she said.
‘‘With the highly anticipated return of the Fringe festival, next year’s Multicultural Festival is shaping up to be the biggest on record.’’
The festival will also include traditional crowd favourites such as the Food and Dance Spectacular on the Saturday, which will feature cuisine from around the world and performances from local, national and international artists and entertainers.
A documentary titled Australia We Are One has captured the highlights of the 2012 National Multicultural Festival.
It was produced by Australia’s largest independent music and digital media company: GoConnect.
‘‘The film provides an interesting insider look into the staging of the annual National Multicultural Festival and the excitement that encapsulates Civic each February as the festival unfolds,’’ Ms Burch said.
It can be viewed online at www.multiculturalfestival.com.au