Colour and culture aplenty as summer multicultural festivals commence
South Australians can indulge in the sights, sounds and flavours of the summer series of multicultural festivals and events starting with tonight's German Schutzenfest festival.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said the summer months provide a number of great opportunities for people to engage in the various multicultural events on offer.
"South Australians come from more than 200 different countries and it's wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate and enjoy this cultural diversity," Ms Bettison said.
"Whether it is through food, performances or other entertainment, these festivals are a great way for us to celebrate other cultures and experience something new."
The fun starts tonight with the reinvigorated Schutzenfest featuring the "The Marktplatz" where people can enjoy the very best of authentic German food, beer and wine.
Next week, the Carnevale Italian Festival 2015 will enliven the Adelaide Showgrounds with exhibitions, fashion parades and Italian cuisine.
The following two weeks see the Vietnamese and Chinese communities usher in the lunar New Year with traditional food, performances and other delights.
"I encourage all South Australians to get along to one of the festivals and celebrations made possible by our vibrant multicultural communities."
Details of the upcoming multicultural festivals include:
Schutzenfest 2015 – two-day event celebrating German culture with a traditional German-town vintage fair and entertainment for the whole family. Rymill Park, Adelaide Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January.www.schutzenfest.com.au
Carnevale Italian Festival 2015 – two days of Italian food, exhibitions, cars, presentations, fashion parades and entertainment for all the family. Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 February. www.carnevale-adelaide.com
TET Festival 2015 – celebrate the Vietnamese New Year with traditional food, dance and martial arts performances and traditional dress competitions. Vietnamese Community Centre, 62 Athol Street, Athol Park Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February 2015. www.sa.vnca.org.au/tet-new-year-festival
Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party 2015 – celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Sheep with exhibitions, entertainment, arts, crafts and food as well as firecrackers, lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations and traditional and contemporary Chinese performances. Moonta St and Gouger St, Adelaide Saturday 21 February 2015. www.chinatownadelaide.com/2015-lunar-new-year/