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SANAA Festival is bringing the vibe back to Adelaide streets this March

Join Adelaide’s broad cultural community and help celebrate the artistic flare of our city’s diverse cultures with music, food and fun!

Photo credit: Sanaa

Sanaa Festival returns to Adelaide in 2022 with a thrilling local line up. Building intercultural understanding through music and art, Sanaa Festival is a vibrant cultural melting pot and a celebration of creativity. This year’s event will take on Saturday 19th March in Light Square headlined by acclaimed First Nations duo Marlon X Rulla.

Fresh off releasing their debut song Black Swan, this proud First Nations duo will bring their unique mix of soul and hip hop to the stage. The charismatic pair are made up of Larrakia, Kungarrakany and Thursday Islander, Marlon Motlop, and Tulampanga Pakana MC from Kooparoona Niara, Lutruwita, Rulla KellyMansell.

Adelaide-based rapper, activist, and poet DyspOra will be bringing his emotive stylings to the festival and as a proud South Sudanese man, has been a familiar face in the Sanaa Festival line up as well as other associated festival events.

Also on the bill is Kenyan-born Australian singer-song writer Elsy Wameyo, Ghanaian born folk singer Angel Lopa, African Australian musician ConcCoins, accomplished Cuban trumpeter Lazaro Numa along with Australian hip hop artist Stefan Rossi, up and coming rapper from the west coast of Africa I Am Barnabas, and Melbourne band Amaru Tribe, alongside other local talent.

As well as the incredible music talent, the food offerings will be plentiful. There will be foods from around the globe, with this year’s culinary delights focusing on African, Latin American, and Middle Eastern nations. There will be a host of markets showcasing globally-inspired fashion, arts and crafts.

Sanaa prides itself on the family-friendly aspect of the festival and encourages families to come along and bring their kids to immerse themselves in this wonderful celebration of culture.

Founder of Sanaa Victoria Lewis said she is proud of the festival and the work Saana does.

“Originally when Sanaa was created in 2017 it was designed to give a platform and support to artists and musicians of African backgrounds and whilst that is still very much at the forefront of what Sanaa does we have found a need for other culturally diverse backgrounds to be supported.

“We have started to work with more artists from different cultural backgrounds including Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Iran, and have just been blown away by the talent that exists in these communities and it’s such a pleasure to nurture this and showcase it in such a fun exciting way”.

Another Sanaa event returning in 2022 is Sanaa Exhibition. Featuring 15 contemporary artists exhibiting work exploring their interpretation of the theme Home, the exhibition will run from Monday 7 February through to Thursday 14 April at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery – The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

Sanaa Festival takes place on Saturday March 19th in Light Square and tickets are $12.

For more information and tickets visit the event here.

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