ACT Chief Minister Mr. Andrew Barr and ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Mr. Chris Steel officially open the ASEAN Village with the ASEAN Heads of Mission on 22 February 2020 at the National Multicultural Festival. Mr. Steel beats the gong three times for the ceremonial opening.
CANBERRA, Australia (26 February 2020) – ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Chris Steel officially opened the ASEAN Village at the National Multicultural Festival on 22 February 2020. They were joined by the Ambassadors and High Commissioners or their representatives of all ten ASEAN missions in Canberra.
The Opening Ceremony showcased a range of cultural performances from Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia demonstrating the richness and diversity of ASEAN Member States. Guests at the ASEAN Village also enjoyed learning about the tourism destinations in ASEAN, trying out culinary delights and immersing themselves in the different cultural experiences.
The ASEAN Village has been organized by the ASEAN Committee in Canberra for the fourth year in a row since 2017 when ASEAN celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This year, H.E. Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia, chairs the ASEAN Committee in Canberra from January to June 2020. The ASEAN Village highlights the enduring and historic friendship between ASEAN and Australia. END
Ms. Alexa Francia performs the lively song “Kanta Pilipinas” (Sing Philippines) and gets the audience clapping along to her song.
Performers from Bali, Indonesia amaze the crowd with their traditional dance.