OzAsia Festival 2019 – Family Friendly Events & Shows | 17 Oct – 3 Nov 2019

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OzAsia Festival 2019

OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading contemporary arts festival engaging with Asia. Family-friendly events include the spectacular Moon Lantern Parade, the enticing Lucky Dumpling Market plus unique performances from around the globe.

Thirty-five Adelaide exclusives including five world-first performances and 22 Australian premieres are among 60 events being held as part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2019.

Held from 17 October to 3 November 2019, the 13th annual Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival will feature 850 artists from more than 20 countries in an engaging line-up of boundary-pushing works across everything from music, theatre and dance to film, literature and visual art.

Attendees will be treated to 18 days of performances, screenings, exhibitions and free events. JLF Adelaide (1-3 November) produced by the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is a transnational celebration of cultural connections and new perspectives. Family audiences love OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Parade – a free outdoor event which is also Australia’s largest lantern parade; and foodies adore the Lucky Dumpling Market – the vibrant and ever-popular OzAsia Festival hub offering delicious food inspired by Asian cuisine, bars, and free entertainment throughout the festival.

OzAsia Festival Artistic Director, Joseph Mitchell:

“The 2019 OzAsia Festival will be our largest, most adventurous and fun-filled festival to date. There really is something for everyone – from free events through to thought-provoking theatre and visually stunning dance. We’re excited to see some of the most loved artists from previous OzAsia Festivals returning with new works, while our more adventurous audience members can indulge in our more immersive events like a pop-up performance in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer (Stuck in the Narrowest Path) and a six-course meal featuring stories from local and visiting expats (Surpassing the Beeline). Come and enjoy the festivities and warmer spring weather for what is promising to be an unforgettable experience at this year’s OzAsia Festival.”

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OzAsia Festival Family Friendly Events & Shows

OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Parade – Saturday 19 October 2019

Get ready for an afternoon and evening of fun for the whole family! Moon Lantern Parade is back in 2019 and will showcase hundreds of hand-held lamps and over 50 giant lanterns including the stunning 40 metre Hong Kong Dragon, all set to a live music performance by Australian-Chinese music collective Emissary of Tang.

Bring a picnic rug and arrive early to settle in and watch performances from popular Adelaide community groups across three different stages, or catch roving acts around Elder Park. Enjoy artist workshops and craft activities, and explore a trail of bright and colourful lanterns in the leadup to Australia’s biggest lantern parade!

Adelaide’s best-known food trucks will return with delicious cuisine from around the world and the night will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.

Read more about the Moon Lantern Parade here.

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Lucky Dumpling Market – 17 October to 3 November 2019

Enjoy a delightful array of dishes, flavours and cuisines, and eat your way around Asia with an extensive menu of BBQs, curries, stir fries, noodles, and of course, dumplings. A variety of enticing desserts, Vietnamese iced coffee, bubble tea, Japanese sake, beer and great South Australian wines will ensure that everyone has a good time.

With an incredible line-up of local and international artists and music including the QBE Outdoor Music Sessions, the vibrant Lucky Dumpling Market is the perfect place to spend a sunny day, casual balmy night, or time between OzAsia Festival performances, all on the banks of the beautiful River Torrens.

Weekends bring family-friendly workshops and cultural activities organised by local community groups, so there is something for everyone in this beautifully designed market.

Brought to you by the team behind the Adelaide Fringe venue, Gluttony.

Read more about Lucky Dumpling Market here.

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Techno Circus – 18 to 20 October 2019

SIRO-A are renowned for their spectacularly fun performances that combine special effects, mime, dance, puppetry, comedy and high-energy music in a mind-blowing visual feast for the whole family.

Described as ‘Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group’, SIRO-A create dazzling synchronised vignettes with the latest video-mapping technology, light animation, laser effects and 3D video projection – all set to a toe-tapping soundtrack.

SIRO-A has wowed audiences of all ages on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, attracted millions of views on YouTube, sold-out shows across the globe, and are now set to take Adelaide by storm with their new show, Techno Circus at OzAsia Festival!

Read more about Techno Circus here

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KATA par Terre / Anne Nguyen Dance Company – 17 to 18 October 2019

Edgy hip-hop and high-octane breakdance meet contemporary dance under the sure-handed expertise of Anne Nguyen, a world leading choreographer known for bringing street dance culture into the spotlight of the modern dance world.

After years studying b-boy style, capoeira, gymnastics and Brazilian jiu jitsu, Anne Nguyen seeks to promote the virtuosity of street dance. In Kata, the French-Vietnamese artist has assembled eight charismatic dancers who employ explosive dance moves, not only from the hip-hop scene, but also from other horizons.

Against an original percussive backdrop, the dancers approach imaginary adversaries, and confront one another in complex battle scenarios, channelling the warlike energy of breakdance. Following acclaimed seasons at Holland Festival, Tanz im August in Berlin and Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, Kata finally makes it to Australia for this OzAsia Festival exclusive event.

OzAsia Festival have produced a great learning resource for KATA which has had great feedback from teachers. Click here to read

Read more about KATA here

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What the Day Owes to the Night – Compagnie Hervé Koubi – 22 to 23 October 2019

Combining strength, form and athleticism, 12 male dancers from across the Mediterranean Basin form spirals in fluid patterns of Sufi whirling, breakdancing, ballet and gymnastics that seem to defy physics.

Acclaimed French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi has crafted a distinct style of movement, one that fuses extraordinary athleticism and acrobatic skill with contemporary dance, physical theatre, warrior culture and capoeira.

A deeply personal exploration of human migration and different cultures at the crossroads of east and west, What the Day Owes to the Night is at once beautiful, impossible, astonishing, and even dangerous.

With a score mixing Bach, Sufi rhythms and Egyptian influences, the dancers’ composition unfolds like an ancient desert ritual. Performed over 300 times worldwide, this is the Australian premiere and only chance to see award-winning Hervé Koubi’s most iconic creation.

Read more about What the Day Owes to the Night here

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Dragon Boat Racing – Saturday 19 October 2019

Kick off your Moon Lantern Parade celebrations early at this lively, family- friendly event! Cheer on competitors as they race in ornate colourful dragon boats along the River Torrens. You can watch this millennia-old Chinese tradition in action from the Lucky Dumpling Market, or why not register a team and join the fun yourself?

Read more about Dragon Boat Racing here

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Find out about other Free Events happening at the OzAsia Festival – CLICK HERE

Get the full program and all the info on OzAsia Festival here

See our pics of the Moon Lantern Festival and Lucky Dumpling Market from 2018 below.

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ozasia festival moon lantern parade

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What:   OzAsia Festival 2019

When:    Thursday 17 October to Sunday 3 November 2019

Where:   Various locations in Adelaide – see individual events for details

Who:  Age suitability varies with event and shows

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: OzAsia Festival and Play & Go as marked

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