OzAsia Festival | Adelaide Festival Centre | 21 Oct – 7 Nov 2021

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OzAsia Festival

OzAsia Festival is returning in 2021 with favourite family events like the Lucky Dumpling Market and a reimagined Moon Lantern Parade which is evolving from a one-night event to span four days of free family experiences across the festival’s opening weekend.

Held annually over three weeks in spring, OzAsia Festival showcases the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food and cultural events from across Asia. 

Lucky Dumpling Market will return to Elder Park, and the ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade will this year start at Adelaide Festival Centre taking audiences on a journey over the Oval footbridge to Pinky Flat. There will also be roving performances, interactive workshops and live music – along with plenty of giant lanterns on display.


Moon Lantern Trail

The ever popular Moon Lantern Parade has been reimagined in 2021 and will be held over four full days. 

Starting at Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct and lighting a path to Pinky Flat, the newly imagined Moon Lantern Trail promises an exciting new experience for families across the festival’s opening weekend.

This interactive spectacle guides audiences through the stories, histories and traditions of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations from across Asia, with roving performances and puppetry, interactive workshops and live music.

Wander along at your own pace to discover over a dozen giant lanterns, including the popular 40 metre long Hong Kong Dragon.

Celebrating harvest, family gatherings and the moon, this year’s Moon Lantern Trail will be beautiful to explore during the day and truly spectacular at night.


Registrations will be opened closer to the event date.

OzAsia Moon Lantern Parade

Lucky Dumpling Market

Returning to Elder Park with the enticing sounds and smells of Asia’s bustling street markets, Lucky Dumpling Market is a favourite event for many with some of Adelaide’s most delicious food vendors cooking up authentic cuisine, spectacular desserts, bubble tea, and Japanese sake with premium South Australian wines and beer.

Serving a delicious variety of BBQ, stir fries, noodles, bao and of course mouth-watering dumplings, Lucky Dumpling Market is the perfect place for a meal and drink between performances with family and friends.

Be entertained with free live music from local and interstate artists along with family-friendly workshops and cultural activities showcasing our wonderful local community groups on weekends.

Brought to you by the team behind Adelaide Fringe venue Gluttony, Lucky Dumpling Market is a chance to indulge your senses!


OzAsia Festival Lucky Dumpling Market


Stunning imagery and live music turn the traditional art form of wayang kulit on its head as Indonesian Australian artist Jumaadi and his collaborators reinvigorate the ancient storytelling technique of shadow play.

Perahu-Perahu, which means ‘boats’ in Indonesian, explores the precarious relationship between humans and the sea. Inspired by the history of travel across the waters separating Indonesia and Australia, Perahu-Perahu is a surreal and magical adventure into new lands, bizarre encounters, triumph and peril.

Immersing audiences in an exquisite world of images crafted from hundreds of intricate cut-outs and compositions blending traditional and contemporary music, this satirical and playful new performance work is a captivating fusion of old and new.

Ages 12 and up

Pinoy Street party

With over 7,000 islands worth of musical style, the Philippines know how to throw a party.

Connecting with Filipino or ‘Pinoy’ communities across Australia, Adelaide-born music producer and DJ Kuya James (Kuya meaning ‘older brother’) mixes old and new school songs of the Philippines to bring both elders and new generations together under a universal love of music. Garnering national respect as an artist/producer and spins on Triple j, he returns home for a scorching feast of tribal beats, Asian samples and enough bass synths to put the venue PA through its paces.

A joyous celebration of heritage, get ready to fill the dance floor with a difference as Pinoy Street Party takes over the block with the freshest MCs, singers, musicians and DJs from Darwin to Adelaide. Including local street food and entertainment for the whole family, this will be a night of hip hop, remixes and culture unlike any the city has seen before.

Suitable for all ages.


things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the OzAsia Festival website.

What:   OzAsia Festival 

When:    21 October – 7 November 2021 

Where:  Various locations in Adelaide

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 Facebook and Play & Go Adelaide 


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