Sanaa Festival returns for its third year

Winner of the Best Event Award for Adelaide Fringe 2017, The Sanaa multi-arts festival of music, culture and creativity will be happening again for the third time in Adelaide 23 February 2019 at Light Square 2pm till midnight.

Food lovers will be in for a treat with a variety of succulent dishes from around the globe in an epic event set to feature performing acts from South Australia and interstate, including Indigenous hip hop artist Dallas Woods, previous Womadelaide favourites – African Intelligence and Adelaide locals Jordan Ruru, Lenin Marron, Elsy and Latino Band Ah Hum.

Sanna founder Victoria Lewis told Salt Magazine that one of the highlights of this year’s Sanaa Festival will be a performance by Octopizzo, award winning Kenyan hip hop artist, renowned for his humanitarian work and entrepreneurship. He will also share his journey at a key note lecture on Thursday 14 February, in the Allan Scott Auditorium – University of South Australia. Registrations via UniSA. 

Feshene, held in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery Friday 15 February, will showcase Australian based African Print Collections from emerging and established designers. Co-presented with Roseè Label, the event will be a colourful reveal featuring Miss and Mr Africa South Australia 2018 models. Registrations via UniSA.

African visual artists from Uganda, Zambia, Ghana and Kenya will visit Adelaide for a ten day program, participating in workshops, showcasing their artwork and collaborating with local South Australian artistson street art murals.

According to Victoria, Sanaa seeks to engage audiences in cultures they may otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with. She said these sorts of engagements and interaction leads to greater intercultural understanding and respect in the community.

“By presenting the art, music and culture of Australian artists alongside the multicultural community, Sanaa not only promotes greater mutual cultural understanding but provides an opportunity for artists to exchange skills,” said Victoria.

Victoria said she has no doubt that Sanaa is a well-liked platform by the South Australian community and preparations are going well with a strong lineup of events and artists.

“Regarding the future of Sanaa, which is a labour of love – we need a more sustainable platform to ensure we have a future. That is something I would like to work on in 2019! Perhaps new strategies to ensure we can achieve this. We have ticketed entry this year, which will help us to cover costs”.

If the experience from the past event is anything to go by then this year’s Saana festival is going to be great and we look forward to it and will be sharing photos and interviews with some of the visiting artist before their arrival.

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Sidique is the founder of Salt Magazine. He came to Australia in 2001 after fleeing a civil war in his homeland of Sierra Leone. He studied journalism at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone and worked as a reporter for the Statesman Newspaper. He studied a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Multimedia Studies at the University of South Australia.

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