I am increasingly impressed and excited by Brisbane's growing trend toward community and multicultural events. Community festivals are flourishing but can often pass us by due to a lack of exposure; here are 3 community festivals in August that you may not otherwise have heard about - and they're all free!
Derived from the popular Ambiwerra Festival, the inauguration of AmbiFair, St Aidan's AGS fete is set to be a free, fun-filled, family friendly festival.
Over 50 market stalls will offer a pleasing variety of home grown organic produce, original and creative arts and crafts, skin care, jewellery and fashion. Popular vendors include Oxfam, Poppet Pieces, Bella Lido, Sunshine Dolls, The Butterfly House and House of Oils.
Entertainment School and community groups including The Middle Eastern Academy of Dance and St Peter's Drum Line will entertain the crowds with song and dance in a lead up to the Battle of the Bands at 1.00pm, which will see 10 of Brisbane's best high school rock bands vying for the title.
Kids Kids are well catered for with their own sideshow alley type entertainment area comprised of showbags, a baby animal farm and rides such as Dodgem Cars, The Scrambler, Super Slide, Fun Factory, Laser Tag and Jungle Safari. Add a snowcone or some fairy floss and top their day off nicely.
Where: Ambiwerra Sports Field, Erinvale St, Corinda When: Sunday 5th August 2012, 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: Free entry. Parking available for $5.
Award winning community festival Eidfest is a celebration of Muslim cultures from all over the world. A delicious and diverse multicultural event held on the festive day of Eid at the end of Ramadhan (holy month of fasting), the festival aims to showcase Muslim culture, break down barriers and improve relations between Muslims and the wider community.
Food With vendors from all corners of the globe expect a crazy and exotic mix of culinary temptations including curries, satays, kebabs, Bosnian pastries, Somalian barbecue, Nandos and baklava.
The festival shines in this department with cultural performances from Sudan, Turkey, Somalia, Indonesia, Fiji and Afghanistan covering music, song, dance and poetry. Informative talks and forums on topical political issues, numerous cooking and art demonstrations and fireworks at 8.45pm to top it off.
There is a serious side to this festival and this year features a public debate on 'Islam and Democracy' with Prof Abdullah Saeed and Dr Nadirsyah Hosen. Eidfest is an important community event which provides opportunities to expand understanding and awareness in a fun and festive setting.
The theme of both events this year is 'The Royal Engagement' and organisers hope to create an atmosphere at Pesar Rakyat that mimics how a traditional Indonesian market would operate in preparation for such a wedding.
Let your senses run wild and experience the richness of Indonesian culture with an exotic food bazaar, markets and authentic music and dance. If you feel like joining in you can take part in a Batik or Saman dance workshop and really let loose.
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, Plaza and Performance Lawn, Lamington St, New Farm When: Saturday 4th August
Markets: 4.00pm - 8.00pm
Workshops: 4.30pm - 7.00pm
Entertainment: 5.00pm - 7.00pm Cost: Free