Sunday, October 16, 2011

Brisbane's Multicultural Festival 2011

Brisbane's annual multicultural festival is always worth the trip,

it was at this festival one year I saw the Go-betweens.
It was one of their last shows! This year was great, six stages
across five precincts, including a fantastic children's area,
all within the beautiful Roma Street parklands.

There was heaps of food, over a 100 stalls, something like
70 different cultures represented and most of the talent local.
Popular with an estimated 50, 000 people attending and
often with a surprising addition to the program which
is all free!

I love just wandering into a venue and seeing something I
wouldn't normally, such as these guys.
The Russian Folkloric Ensemble were fantastic,
performing their traditional Russian, Cossack
Gypsy and Ukrainian music.

These guys called Laique are described as a vibrant mix of banjo,
ukulele, guitar, violin, double bass and drums.
Original songs influenced by the music of France and Spain.

A little bit of Zen to calm the troops, that's my 3 boys,
who are getting restless by this stage.
Carl Rathus and Takako Nishibori doing their traditional
Japanese music on the Koto and the Shakuhaci.
I love this stuff!
But the main event is still to come!
That will be the next post.