Since 2008, the Swan Festival of Lights has been setting the Perth foreshore alight with a multitude of colours, rhythms and flavours.
The Festival coincides with the Indian celebration of Deepavali (Diwali), otherwise known as ‘the festival of lights.’ A joyous occasion observed by Indians across the world, Deepavali is a celebration of the Inner Light that resides in all of us. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali celebrates the positive permutations of ‘Light’ - hope, peace, harmony, knowledge, joy and truth. And it is this message that will be spread throughout the Festival.
Presented by The Temple of Fine Arts and Annalakshmi Cultural Centre of WA, this year’s event will be held at the Supreme Court Gardens from 9th till 13th November concluding on Deepavali day. Featuring an impressive line-up of local and international multicultural performing groups, such as Globally renowned Sitar Maestro Ustad Usman Khan (http://www.index.ustadusmankhan.com), Olivier Tarpaga (African Dance), Chung Wah Dance (Chinese Dance), Casa Del Compas (Spanish Dance), Roztiazhka Ukrainian (Cossack Dancers), and many more. Items from our own Temple of Fine Arts Perth will showcase the rich diversity of Indian dance – featuring classical, semi-classical and the world-famous dance sensation from Bollywood – featuring a medley of latest hits.
A number of food stalls serving mouth-watering vegetarian cuisine prepared by Annalakshmi will whet appetites throughout the festival days, as well as highly unique handicrafts by Lavanya Arts, cooking, art, music and dance workshops and demonstrations, along with family friendly activities, the 2012 Swan Festival of Lights is set to take Perth once again on a cultural journey of the senses.
Headlining this year's festival is the Temple of Fine Arts' magnum opus Vishwa Vinayaka. Featuring an exquisite display of contemporary and classical Indian styles, this stunning production, with dramatic projections and an outstanding soundtrack, explores the mythological magnificence of Ganesha, the elephant-headed God. The program of performers can be found here: http://www.sfol.com.au/artistes_sfol/swan_festival_lights_artistes_performers.php
Also taking the stage is Damaru - Temple of Fine Arts Singapore's orchestral masterpiece. Damaru’s musical repertoire will showcase an exciting confluence of world music and percussion: a delightful combination of Indian and Western instruments including, amongst others, the soulful sarangi and sarod with western strings, and a plethora of drums from India as well as Africa, Middle East, China and Japan. See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjTDrLMwn44
Vegetarian cuisine will be available from 4.30pm, performances from 6.30pm.
Smoke and alcohol free event.
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