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JAMBO Africa Festival 2019

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This will be a fascinating African cultural event
One of the biggest African festivals held in Perth, JAMBO Africa Festival 2019 will be held on Saturday 16th February 2019 from 2.00 pm to 11.00 pm. The address for the event will be the Stirling Civic Garden, 46A Telford Crescent, Stirling.

This is a FREE festival and will be held regardless of the weather, so bring along a chair or you can also just stand and watch the colourful performances!

JAMBO Africa will welcome 8,000 or more visitors from all over Western Australia. There will be over 50 vibrant musical performances by both international and local African bands and artists. There will also be cultural dances, exciting fashion shows, authentic African food, stallholders and arts and craft exhibits.

The festival will be produced so that communities involved will have the chance to express themselves. They will be able to share their stories with Western Australians and break down stereotypes and misconceptions. This will help to improve understanding and respect for different cultural and religious differences across the Western Australia community.

During the yea,r the Organisation of African Communities (OAC) bring together the African Community groups who now live in Western Australia. They encourage them to celebrate diversity and to learn more about each other. This includes events of annual Africa Day, African Australian Week and JAMBO Africa Festival.

This free one-day event is sure to be a fun, family-friendly affair, where you can watch non-stop entertainment ranging from cultural performances, catwalk fashion shows, artists in traditional costumes and iconic drumming. This, in turn, will create a lasting and unique experience that supports more cultural awareness and understanding of African culture in Australia.

JAMBO Africa Festival will also demonstrate the tastes, sounds, smells and flavours plus the rhythms that are Africa. It will aim to contribute to community creativeness and bring down barriers which exist in relation to the social and cultural understanding of the African Australian community in Western Australia.

This will be a very successful event which will involve over 35 African Australian communities now living here in WA. At last year's event, this festival managed to attract more than about 5,000 people including representatives from the "three tiers of government and non-governmental organisations". The attendance at this year's event is expected to reach in excess of 10,000 people.

African music is a huge industry with most countries supporting excellent musicians. Many of the musicians still use traditional African musical instruments like the kora (harp), djembe (drum) and mbira but nowadays they overlay them with contemporary rhythms and lyrics.

There will also be activities for children, including:
Bouncy castle
Merry Go Round
Face painting

African Food
African food tends to use a combination of local cereal grains, in-season fruits and vegetables, as well as meat and milk products.

In some parts of Africa, the traditional diet uses a lot of products like curd, fresh and healthy vegetables and whey. They also use a lot of fish, as well as other proteins.

And some of their delicacies include such things as insects - grasshoppers, cricket, cicadas and termites!

Meat in African cuisine usually includes goat and chicken, while African staple foods include such foods as millet, rice, starches, sorghum and sesame as well as many sauces. Street food has things such as Makara (a type of fried bread), baked goods, barbecued meat, snacks and sandwiches.

More information: here and you can register for the festival here.
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Why? For an African festival
When: 16th February 2019
Where: Stirling Civic Gardens, Civic Place, Stirling, 6021
Cost: FREE
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