Today’s INDOfest to enliven Adelaide’s cultural precinct
Adelaide's cultural precinct will come to life today with INDOfest 2015 showcasing Indonesian arts, entertainment and culture from 11am to 7pm.
This year's festival will be staged at the Migration Museum and along North Terrace including at the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the State Library.
INDOfest will feature delicious Indonesian food, music, arts and dance workshops, traditional children's games, and a Batik fashion show.
Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said a highlight of this year's event will be the Harmony and Intercultural Understanding Spiritual Performances which promote understanding and trust between Indonesia and Australia.
"Indonesia is of vital importance to South Australia's economic future and events like this help to foster good relations between our state and Indonesia," she said.
"The State Government has provided $20,000 to the Australian Indonesian Association of South Australia to support the festival – support that is set to continue for the next two years as a result of the Celebrating Diversity Grants Program."
President of the Australian-Indonesian Association of South Australia, Dr Tji Srikandi-Goodhart, said he hopes the community will support the event and enjoy cultural offerings from Papua, Java and across the archipelago.
"I hope South Australians can join us today and experience the colours, sounds and flavours of Indonesia."
The State Government tripled its funding for multiculturalism in this year's State Budget, injecting an extra $8 million into multicultural communities over the next four years.
As part of this, the Celebrating Diversity Grants Program will see a broader range of cultural festivals and events supported, shining a spotlight on smaller festivals for the enjoyment of all South Australians.
INDOfest 2015 will be held from 11am to 7pm today, Monday 5 October. Further information is available at www.indofest.com.au. For information about multicultural grants, visit www.multicultural.sa.gov.au/grants.