Pasar Malam translates to “night market”, and can be commonly found in the Penang state of Malaysia (as well as throughout Singapore and Indonesia), well known for its arts, culture, architecture and food. OzAsia presented Adelaide with the opportunity to host its very own Pasar Malam.
The colourful feast for the eyes, nose, and ears was filled with traditional games and dances, food, and a myriad of market stalls selling all kinds of miscellaneous goods and edible treats. Located just outside the festival centre, it provided the ideal opportunity to hop indoors to watch an OzAsia production. Walking amongst the stalls, it was certainly an authentic replica of the ambience and cultural spirit experienced in South East Asian markets.
The location was a double-edged sword; the Festival Centre and the surrounding space doesn’t appear to have been designed for such levels of foot traffic. Lack of space made it difficult to navigate between stalls, and resulted in more than one occasion of awkward accidental shoulder slamming.
Overall, an enriched cultural experience that was well worth navigating the thick crowds.
Reviewed by Nathan Giaccio
Venue: Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 28 September 2013