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Colombian National Day Festival 2013

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Take a cultural, culinary & musical journey through Colombia
The second Colombian National Day Festival is set to salsa into Brisbane on Saturday 20 July with a fusion of vibrant colours, pulsating rhythms, tangy flavours, traditional entertainment, and hopefully some Brisbane winter sunshine. The Colombian community in Brisbane invites everyone to celebrate with them, and who would pass up an invitation like that?

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This colourful cultural event is organised by The Latin Alliance, whose aim is to raise awareness and appreciation of Latin American culture and traditions in Australia. The day commemorates Colombia's independence from Spanish rule in 1810 and organisers hope the event will provide "a cultural, culinary and musical journey through Colombia".

This is an all-day event at Kingston Butter Factory, where you''ll find plenty of free parking. The day kicks off at 10am and the first 500 people to enter will receive a free Colombian souvenir. The festival runs through the day and evening with a planned finishing time of 10pm. It incorporates a special Kids Zone where children can meet Dora the Explorer, have their faces painted, visit the animal farm and jumping castle and participate in traditional art and craft activities.

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Everyone can enjoy traditional games like Rana (a game of skill where competitors throw rings into the mouths of metal frogs), and Carrera de encostalados (a kind of sack race), along with Colombian movies in the theatre. You can also get your wriggle on with zumba and salsa dancing classes or watch the experts in the displays by the Colombian Dancing Group, Latin Energy, Latinmania & Latin Steps.

You will also be entertained by a mariachi band, folkloric groups and swinging Latin music from popular bands like La Tropa Latina Band and Chukale (Brisbane's premier salsa band), as well as Colombian DJs.

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On the food front you can expect to be tempted by the array of food stalls serving up traditional treats like arepa (bread made from cornmeal), empanadas and churros.

Tickets are on sale now online here. Adult tickets are $15, students and concession $10 and children under 12 are admitted free.

If all of this isn't enough Latin loving for you, you can head into the city for the official after party, Colombian Independence at the Latin Cave. Here you can not only party until 5am, you''ll also have an opportunity to win flights, trips and show tickets. If you show your wrist band from the festival you'll get free entry. For others entry will cost $5 for students and $10 for general admission.

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For more information about the festival visit the website here or the Facebook page here.
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Why? For a colourful, Colombian cultural cocktail
When: Saturday 20 July. Festival from 10am to 10pm, after party from 10pm to 5am.
Where: Kingston Butter Factory, Milky Way, Kingston
Cost: Adults $15, students and concession $10, children under 12 free.
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