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Festival showcases best of Asia
The fourth annual OzAsia Festival will
present the best of Asia's arts and
culture while celebrating Australia's
diverse multicultural society and its
position within the Asia Pacific region.
As in past years, the Adelaide
Festival Centre will be transformed
into a cultural melting pot from
September 17 to October 2.
The 2010 program features 133
artists from Korea, Indonesia, Tibet,
Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China, Hong
Kong and the best from Australia.
There will be special events, food
events, forums, films and exhibitions.
According to Festival Director Jacinta
Thompson, this year's event puts the
spotlight on one of Asia's creative
leaders -- Korea.
"Once again the festival brings
a range of exciting events and
performances highlighting the
changing dynamics of the cultural
and social fabric of our country and
the cultures of our Asian neighbours.
Whether you'll be attending artist
forums, enjoying a performance
or dressing up in your anime best,
come and celebrate the creative
delights on offer by some of
Australia and Asia's most talented
and contemporary artists," she said.
On the opening weekend the
internationally acclaimed Yohangza
Theatre Company will faithfully
recreate the tragedy and drama of
Shakespeare's original Hamlet in
contemporary Korean language.
The staging, costumes and
music integrate Korean tradition,
shamanism and folklore.
To celebrate the opening of the
festival, this years' program sees
the unique inclusion of a Korean
Shaman Opening Ritual led by Kee
Hae-Kyung. The ritual will be filled
with song and dance and bestow
good luck to the festival.
Headlining this year's program will
be the only Australian performances
of Dialogue in Skin, which features
the exuberant and meditative beats
of acclaimed Malaysian drum group
Hands Percussion. Prominent
international sociologist and political
scientist Dr Ashis Nandy will present
the Keynote Lecture titled "Is it
Necessary to Love Your Neighbours?
Living with Radical Diversities and
the Right to be Oneself".
What is sure to be one of the
highlights will be the popular Moon
Lantern Festival on September 22.
This free event is a great way for
families to celebrate Asian culture
Festivities will include a diverse
selection of Asian food and market
stalls, lanterns, crafts, workshops,
horoscope readings and at twilight,
the Moon Lantern Parade will light
up Elder Park and be followed by a
spectacular fireworks display.
Lovers of contemporary dance will
not be disappointed as Indonesia's
Nan Jombang Dance Company take
to the stage. Having performed to
critical acclaim across Asia and
Europe they are celebrated for their
exquisite physical prowess.
Hands, bodies and costumes
combine to create a percussion
soundscape for a stunning show in
which they demonstrate their mastery
of Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial
art), West Sumatran traditional dance
and contemporary Western dance.
In an intimate evening of exquisite
music, Wang Zheng Ting, an
expert in Chinese music and an
internationally respected performer
on the sheng (Chinese mouth
organ) will perform traditional
and contemporary music with the
Australian Chinese Music Ensemble
on September 24.
The film component of OzAsia
continues to grow from strength to
strength, OzAsia On Screen returns
with a wide variety of feature films
and documentaries encompassing
films from India, Iran, Australia,
China, Japan, Indonesia, Hong
Kong, Korea and Thailand. This
year the screen component grows
with the inclusion of Hong Kong on
Screen, a retrospective showcase
of six films from internationally
acclaimed director Clara Law.
Food lovers will unite as the festival's
food component continues to attract
Australia's leading chefs. This time
Adelaide's own Cheong Liew returns
with acclaimed chef Luke Nguyen,
co-owner of Red Lantern, Sydney.
The duo will present a gastronomic
evening Street Food Feast from
the Far East, creating an authentic
hawker-style three-course banquet
focusing on fresh Malay and
The festival will close when the
mighty Dhol Foundation opens the
floodgates on a torrent of percussive
grooves. Known for their energetic
live performances throughout
Europe and Australia, the foundation
has become an influential world
Full program details available in
the OzAsia Festival brochure. Get
one free by calling 8216 8707 or
go to www.ozasiafestival.com.au.
Book at BASS 131 246 or
YOUR CHANCES TO WIN
THE OzAsia Festival in September and October will offer
something for all ages and interests.
SA50sLifestyle readers have the chance to win two double passes
to the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble which is performing
in the Artspace Gallery on September 24. Also, take your
grandchildren to: "Little Big Shots" Win one of 2 x family passes
for Thursday, October 7 at the Space Theatre.
Email your entries to email@example.com or mail to: Walsh
Media, GPO Box 2089, Adelaide 5001.
Remember to include your name and address put "OzAsia
competition" (closes Sept 20) or "Little Big Shots" (closes Sept 27)
as the subject line.
The Yohangza Theatre Company will recreate the tragedy and drama of
Shakespeare's original Hamlet in contemporary Korean language.
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