Sanaa Festival Celebrates Intercultural Creativity & Diversity At Adelaide Fringe

Temgazi joins the line-up at Sanaa Festival, staged during 2023 Adelaide Fringe.
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Set to celebrate the wonder and diversity of Adelaide's local cultural scene with an exciting live music programme, the annual Sanaa Festival facilities intercultural understanding through music and art.

A vibrant cultural melting pot of creativity, Sanaa Festival features a mix of local and interstate talent, with emerging First Nations singer-songwriter Tilly Tjala Thomas performing alongside Melbourne-based band The New Monos, who combine inspiration from their South American heritage with the flavour of reggae, folklore, Cumbia, hip hop and Latin beats.

"I'll be experimenting with some new music, and performing with my drummer Jim Marshall," shares Tilly.

"We'll be bringing a more electronic and upbeat vibe to the stage. Can't wait to perform alongside other emerging South Australian talent, as well as other diverse talent from around Australia."

The rest of the music line-up includes Swazi South African Temgazi (Nokuphiwa Ntshangase), a singer-songwriter residing in Sydney who'll make her Sanaa debut, alongside Ghanian-born, Adelaide-based folk singer Angel Lopa and emerging hip hop musicians from South Australia's African-Australian communities, Laitisi and Waikid.

Locally-based record label Adverse Reign will curate a DJ line-up to keep the crowd moving in-between sets.

"I can't wait to come to Adelaide to perform for Sanaa Fest and I have a new single dropping soon called 'I-Way', which I can't wait for you all to hear!" beams Temgazi.

"It's looking like there's an incredible line-up showcasing incredible African cuisine which I'll definitely be checking it."

As well as the 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'll also 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.

"Currently in our seventh year, Sanaa Festival has proven itself to be a popular event on the South Australian arts event calendar," Founder of Sanaa Victoria Lewis says.

"A welcoming and open space for anyone from all walks of life, it is a space where arts and music enthusiasts can congregate to appreciate and learn more about the different cultures that exist in our State, as well as experience the diversity of the local music industry."

Sanaa Festival takes place at Light Square as part of Adelaide Fringe on 25 February (from 3pm).

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