Over the weekend, I was able to check out the annual Sanaa Festival, which is a fantastic celebration of African culture and heritage. A great way to be exposed to multi-arts in a multicultural space, Sanaa Festival has consistently attracted a great audience, who come out to support, educate themselves, and be a part of a brilliant cultural event that is all about falling in love with the mystical magic of African culture.
Held at Light Square, the festival was a decent sized ground that brought together a number of little stalls that were adorned in accessories, jewellery, and clothing. Every stall holder that I came across was resonating with the biggest smile I had ever seen. It didn't matter if I was buying something or was simply looking around, I was able to strike up conversations with each of them and be able to learn a bit more about them, why they got involved in the festival, how the festival brings them a safe space to unleash the beauty of their cultures, and be able to join forces with those from other cultures to put on a great day out in the city and being involved in something special, unique, and captivating.
With the bright mixed media installation that was created in collaboration between Sanaa Festival and PAPASHOTIT, the space was full of colour, life, culture, and excitement. On the other end of the Square, there were a couple of food trucks, which were offering some seriously authentic and delicious flavours from all over Africa. It is a party for your tastebuds when you devour a meal that has an African influence on it.
The space is super welcoming, inviting, and is an open space, where anyone from all walks of life, from any and all cultures, can congregate to appreciate and learn more about African culture. There were bands playing some soothing and relaxing tunes at the start of the festival, which then progressed to reflecting the nightlife with foot-tapping tunes and music that people could dance the night away to.
While the Sanaa Festival may have finished for this year's Adelaide Fringe season, we are more than excited and waiting in anticipation for it to return next year and treat us to a celebration of African culture at its finest.
In the meantime, the Sanaa Exhibition will be held at the Hawke Building by City West till March 15. Spectators can expect to see artworks depicting female identity, art installations, and works around street art and contemporary art from artists based in Africa and Australia. More details here.