Jambo Africa returns to Stirling Civic Gardens this weekend, providing the perfect opportunity to go on an African food safari, be dazzled by dynamic performances and dance the day away – all without needing a passport.
Hosted by the Organisation of African Communities in Western Australia, the free family friendly event is the largest annual African community festival in WA.
Jambo Africa will include market and food stalls, music, dance workshops, fashion shows and cultural performances from across the continent.
African communities are some of the fastest growing communities in WA. Data from the 2016 Census shows that more than 100,000 Western Australians were born in one of over 50 African countries, a growth of 21 per cent since the 2011 Census.
This year’s Jambo Africa is supported by the McGowan Government with $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Community Grants Program, $19,000 through Lotterywest and $15,000 through Healthway.
More information about Jambo Africa is available at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au
As stated by Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
“More than 100,000 Western Australians trace their ancestry to the vast continent of Africa, bringing the cultures of more than 50 countries into our vibrant, culturally diverse society.
“Jambo Africa is a terrific opportunity for everyone to bring their families to enjoy, learn and appreciate the diversity of African cultures through arts, dance, music, fashion and food.”
As stated by Balcatta MLA David Michael:
“Jambo Africa is a terrific event that celebrates and teaches about African culture, and is just a really fun festival for our community.
“The African community, like other migrant communities in our area, is adding to what makes our local area so special.
“Our area has a long history of supporting migrant communities and cultural diversity, and I am pleased to see that continuing.”