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See African Dancers in Traditional Dress at the Festival (Image: Supplied)


The Unmasked African Festival is a free event organised by the African Communities Council of South Australia who represent over 35 ethnic African communities in South Australia. The first African festival was held in 2002 in Adelaide's south parklands and since then the festival has been held every year at other locations including Rymill Park and Elder Park.

This free festival promotes understanding, tolerance and harmony among people from an African background and the wider Australian community. It highlights the diverse, vibrant and spirited African communities of South Australia and encourages us to sample their rich cultures.

Australia's multicultural background brings us a regular stream of diverse ethnic celebrations, and I just love these opportunities to see and experience the variety in our community. At the Unmasked African Festival, you can experience the unique tastes of African food, see their dances, hear the traditional music of Africa, and buy handmade crafts from the region.

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The Free Unmasked Festival is Held in Victoria Square Adelaide (Image: Supplied)


African Food
African food is unique and draws from many cultures and influence: Arabic, traditional African and also colonial. From gourmet to village styles, each uses different fragrant spices and garnishes. The Unmasked African Festival features an affordable menu of African comfort foods including curries, gumbo's, meat stews, kebabs, rice dishes, dumplings, doughnuts, sweet desserts, grains and couscous, vegetables in sauces and more.

Experience the authentic and delicious foods from many different African communities with fourteen food market stalls showcasing cuisine from Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia.

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See African Arts and Crafts at the Festival (Image: Supplied)


Arts and Crafts
African arts and crafts are colourful and creative, drawing on thousands of years of folk culture - carvings, colourful clothes, printed fabrics and beading are specialities. This year's festival will have arts and crafts from Togo, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Nigeria, Nuba Mountains, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan

Free Entertainment On Stage
The Unmasked African Festival features the very best of African music, dance, singing and community celebrations with performances from a range of African communities, and an array of music and dance from both traditional and contemporary artists of all ages.

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Be Entertained By Traditional Dancers (Image: Supplied)


Any African festival is not complete without an array of drumming. In 2018 the Unmasked African Festival will feature Adelaide top community drumming ensemble the Burundi Man's Drum Club, with twenty drummers and dancers performing on their one-metre tall drums. The festival will also feature
a virtuoso performance by Ghanaian drumming master Bortier Okoe, one of Australia's foremost African performers
Ebby Alloyed Band will present hi-Life Dance Hall music of West Africa
Songambele Gospel Choir and dancers will perform their amazing choreographed gospel performance and
many other performances include traditional Sierra Leone, Liberian, Nigerian and Colombian - Afro dance groups as well as the Miss Africa Project fashion display.

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There's Fun For Kids at the Unmasked African Festival (Image: Supplied)


The free Unmasked African Festival 2018 is being held on Saturday 22 September at Victoria Square in Adelaide, a central setting for this colourful outdoor festival just down the road from the Central Market precinct. It's an event for all the family to enjoy so bring the kids - and a good appetite.

Find out all you need to know about the Unmasked African Festival from the Facebook page, event page, and website.

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When: 11am - 6pm
Where: Victoria Sq, Adelaide
Cost: Free
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