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10 years of celebrating cultural diversity
Images courtesy of Chilean Latin American September Festival
If anyone knows how to party hard, it has to be the Chilean and Latin American community who are celebrating 10 years of their cultural diversity. This jam packed festival is happening over the weekend of at the Sandown Racecourse & Entertainment Centre, 591-659 Princes Hwy (Corner Princes Highway and Racecourse Drive), Springvale. Tickets are general and pensioners on the Saturday (doors open 10am till 1am the next day) and general and pensioners (doors open 10am till 10pm) on the Sunday. Children under 12 years of age are free. There'll be no B.Y.O.
You only have to look at the posters in this article to know it's going to be a weekend jam packed with entertainment. There are 108 community groups and organisations involved and 600 volunteers who will make sure it's all smooth sailing for you. There'll be 47 music and dance groups on various stages and a typical Chilean Independence Day Opening Ceremony. This event will also celebrate El Salvador's National Day and music and dance groups from the Salvadorian community within Victoria will be performing. The festival's guest of honour is Archie Roach, Australia's most beloved, respected and admired Aboriginal singer/songwriter. He's a true ambassador for indigenous issues and an icon of the Australian music industry.
Performing at 6pm on the Saturday as listed in the program
An international flavour of bands from Latin America, Central and South America including Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Cuba, Venezuela, Equador and Spain will grace this event. In its midst there'll also be a performance by an Aboriginal cultural group.
Bring your best Salsa, Cha Cha and other Latin American dance moves to the floor as there'll be 6 Latin bands to dance along to late into the night. This carnival atmosphere is not to be missed. Get your tickets at the door.
It's not just the adults that have all the fun. There'll be animal farm, games and entertainment (pony rides, Dodgem cars etc) for the kids, not to mention fireworks both evenings. You'll also find typical Latin American art and crafts, food and drink stalls. For ongoing updates make sure you like the festival's Facebook Page and join their