City celebrates Ethiopian New Year

Published on 26 August 2019


Nicholson Street Mall is the place to be on Saturday 7 September as it bursts to life with the sights, sounds and smells of Ethiopian culture for the 2019 edition of the Ethiopian New Year Festival.

Now in its 15th year, this popular festival forms part of the rich cultural tapestry of the City of Maribyrnong and is an important event on the Festival City program.

The Festival attracts hundreds annually with cultural demonstrations including Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, fashion, music and dance.

Ethiopian New Year is one of the most significant events of the year for the Ethiopian community, with many people travelling from right across Victoria to take part in the Footscray celebration.

Adamu Tefera, President of the Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria, said that the Festival is a great opportunity for people from all backgrounds to come along and learn about Ethiopian culture – specifically its unique music and dance.

“This event is very important for our community as it evokes a strong feeling of acceptance and belonging. It is an opportunity for Ethiopians to express and embrace their culture and identity, as well as their gratitude to the Australian community for welcoming and embracing our culture,” said Adamu.

For more information on the festival visit

Ethiopian New Year Festival
Saturday 7 September, 11am - 6pm
Nicholson St Mall, Footscray

A word from the Mayor:

 “The Ethiopian community in the City of Maribyrnong continues to grow and this festival provides them with an opportunity to share their rich history and customs.

“Please join us in celebrating Ethiopian New Year and enjoy the vibrant, joyful culture and performances the Ethiopian community is renowned for.”



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