Festival of cultural diversity on show in Rundle Mall today
The sights, sounds and flavours of South Australia's wide range of cultures will be on show at the Multicultural Festival in Rundle Mall today.
More than 70 performers – including musicians from Brazil, Africa, Persia, Japan and Indonesia - will join a variety of dancers and other stall holders at the inaugural event.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Jennifer Rankine said the festival will showcase the best of dance, music, food, arts and crafts that each culture has to offer.
The festival program includes interviews with multicultural personalities Fábio Ferreira from Adelaide United and Alipate Carlile from Port Adelaide Football Club, as well as culinary identities Rocco La Bella from My Kitchen Rules and Spice Kitchen owner Ragini Dey.
"From Bollywood dancing, Burundian drumming and Kung Fu to a selection of Vietnamese and Indian delicacies, there will truly be something for everyone," Ms Rankine said.
"South Australians come from more than 200 different countries, and what better place to have a huge celebration of this diversity than the centre of Adelaide.
"So many of our ethnic communities have embraced the opportunity to be involved.
"This event is an opportunity for all South Australians to celebrate each other's cultures and experience something new.
"Many of the participating groups are from newly arrived communities, who may not have yet had an opportunity to showcase their unique talents and culture in SA.
"I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the diverse skills, talents and traditions of our multicultural communities."
The event is the result of a partnership between the State Government, the Migrant Resource Centre of SA, the Rundle Mall Management Authority and the Adelaide City Council.
To access the festival program, visit www.multicultural.sa.gov.au or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/multiculturalfestivalsouthaustralia.
The festival will be held from will be held from 10.30am to 5pm.