Dancing in the street

Find out about our biggest community festival.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 54 - March 2017.   City Limits 54 front cover photo

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The sound of Latin infused funk, Flamenco guitar and Indonesian rhythms is set to have families dancing in the street when Marion’s biggest festival kicks off on Saturday, March 25.

Marion Celebrates has been revamped as a twilight street party featuring a five-hourstage show of multicultural music and dance, food trucks, a community art project, open air market, and entertainment for kids.

Festival goers will also get a close up view of unicycle tricks, eye popping contortions and magic.

The free community event will be held in and around the Marion Cultural Centre plaza and the adjacent Warracowie Way, which will be closed to traffic.

Mayor Kris Hanna said the new look festival would bring people of all ages and cultures together.

"Marion Celebrates combines multicultural music, art and entertainment to create an exciting and unique experience for families," Mr Hanna said.

"People will be able to dance, sing, buy locally made artworks and crafts, and enjoy food from around the world.

"I invite the community to join in the party."

Headline act, The Wholias, are a seven-piece band that blend Latin, funk and rock while performing a mix of original songs and covers in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

The group, who have played in front of crowds of up to 15,000 and were a hit at last year’s Adelaide Fringe, are looking forward to their Marion Celebrates debut, singer Roberto Garcia said.

"We can’t wait to bring our music, which is about energy, people and the integration of cultures, to Marion Celebrates," Mr Garcia said.

"Adults and kids should get ready for lots of out of control dancing."

The Wholias will perform on the main stage in the Marion Cultural Centre plaza from 7.30pm.

Also performing will be Adelaide born magician, escapologist and contortionist Malachi Frost and Casa de Flamenco who will serve up a taste of Spanish music and dance.

There will be two choirs, brass band music, and a display of contemporary Japanese dance from Hallett Cove East Primary School.

Free parking is available at Westfield Marion.

This will be the 10th Marion Celebrates, and the first time it has been held at the Marion CulturalCentre since 2007. The biennial festival was last held at Warriparinga and has been relocated to accommodate for the $620 million Darlington Upgrade Project.

Marion Celebrates is an initiative of the City of Marion and is supported by local groups and businesses.

Find out more on the Marion Celebrates webpage.

City Limits Magazine

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