One Beat One Love African Festival



Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

Following its inaugural success in 2017, One Beat One Love festival returns to showcase positive stories and talent from the African communities of Melbourne.

Presented as part of Cultural Diversity Week, it promises to be a contemporary expression of culture from across the African continent, as created in Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot. 

The festival includes song, music, dance, stories, discussion, art, stall holders, film, fashion and food.

Download the festival program (PDF, 1.66MB)

Share the beat with acts like Burundian Drumming Group, DeAndre Brackensick and Cool Out Sun vs Digital Africa.

Join Melbourne Conversations "Mama, I Made It" to move beyond the headlines to celebrate real stories and insights of people in Melbourne's African communities who have found success in the fields of business, law, health, academia and social enterprise.

Presented by Victoria University, Professors Molefi K. Asante and Mambo Ama Mazama Mazama of Temple University lead a forum about Afrocentricity and the practicalities of establishing or adapting Afrocentric schools / institutions in Australia.

Kids and families, get creative with City of Melbourne's ArtPlay artists Eva Lubulwa and Kathy Holowko to create a life-size majestic rhino puzzle inspired by the colours and patterns of Africa.

Also see filmmaker Dorcas Utkovic's latest project Alike, which explores Melbourne’s diversity through the eyes of a culturally diverse group of children from around Kensington at The Venny.

Plus face painting by Aliki, hair art by Safi And Abalo and much more!

Presented in partnership with City of Melbourne and Victorian Multicultural Commission.