The OzAsia Festival, 14 – 30 September 2012, celebrates the cultural diversity of Asia that is found in Adelaide. This year the country of focus is India with the icon of the festival being the peacock, an important animal in Indian mythology. The festival encompasses a range of cultural activities and performances from countries such as
- India: Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company and Kailash Kher, an Indian music star
- China: Ibsen’s Peer Gynt adapted by Jung-ung Yang and the Yohangza Theatre Company
- Japan: Kodo & TaikOz featuring Riley Lee (Shakuhachi) – drumming performances
- Vietnam: Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live!
- Cambodia: Cambodia Sun Rising – performers from the Sunrise Children’s Village
Moon Lantern Festival
The final night of the OzAsia Festival is always the Moon Lantern Festival, held under the full moon to on the day which is the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar and traditionally marks the Asian mid-autumn harvest.
Held at Elder Park on the banks of the Torrens River in the Adelaide CDB, the Moon Lantern Festival is a free family event attracting people from all cultures from all over Adelaide who come together to enjoy the workshops, food, market stalls and performances before the moon lantern parade and fireworks.
As part of the celebration of the Moon Lantern Festival there will be an origami installation which everyone can contribute too. This year, everyone is invited to make locus flowers either before attending the festival or when you are there. Here is the Lotus Origami Instructions!
The Moon Lantern Festival map and program outlines the many cultural activities available.
Want a preview of what you can expect? Watch a timelapse video of the 2011 Moon Lantern Festival