The OzAsia Festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity of Asia that is found in Adelaide. Running between 3-21 September, the spotlight for 2014 is on Adelaide’s Chinese sister state Shandong Province – the birthplace of Confucius.
This year’s hero image for the Festival is the dragon kite. Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore and like the dragon, the Festival holds virtues of power, strength, energy and good fortune. Shandong is known as the birthplace of kites and is home to the World Kite Museum, the largest in the world.
The program is action packed with theatre, dance, music, film, exhibitions and food. Additional countries represented in the program include Japan, India, Korea, Philippines, Cambodia, Palestine, Bangladesh, Russia, Indonesia, Mongolia and of course Australia.
The program boasts 6 world premieres, 7 Australian premieres, 8 South Australian premieres and 26 Adelaide exclusives. Highlights include the premiere of Red Sorghum; the award-winning Qingdao Song and Dance Theatre performance, The Emperor’s Feast and the acclaimed Shandong Acrobatic Troupe.
Refer to event website for full program including venues and entry costs.
The Moon Lantern Festival
The Moon Lantern Festival remains a pivotal night on the State’s cultural calendar, this year falling on Monday 8 September, 3pm – 8.30pm. Elder Park is transformed and will be aglow with the light from hundreds of lanterns and the magical wonder of the full moon.The event is free and everyone is welcome. There will be workshops, performances, delectable food and market stalls.
Watch the video of the 2011 Moon Lantern Festival