Ethiopian New Year Festival thriving in the inner west for its 12th year

September 7, 2017
               News

Jesse Wray-McCann, Maribyrnong Leader

THE sights, sounds and smells of Ethiopia will fill Footscray this Saturday at the Ethiopian New Year Festival.Held in the heart of the suburb at Madden Square, the festival will be an afternoon feast for the senses, with cultural demonstrations, including Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, traditional food, a fashion parade, singing and dancing.Festival organiser and Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria president Adamu Tefera said the annual festival had grown from humble beginnings twelve years ago to become a truly multicultural event, showcasing the cultural diversity and cohesiveness of Footscray.

“At the time we first decided to hold a new year festival, there were many Ethiopian-Australians who resided in the City of Maribyrnong and many Ethiopian businesses thriving, so we thought it was a good time to introduce Ethiopian culture to the wider community,” Mr Tefera said.

“Since then it has continued to grow and become an event of great significant to the Ethiopian community.

“It is an opportunity for Ethiopians to express and embrace their culture and identity and to express their gratitude to the Australian community for embracing multiculturalism.”

Mayor Catherine Cumming said the festival would be a great celebration of the spiritual and cultural life of Ethiopian people in Footscray.

“This is a community rich in history and culture and one which continues to grow and prosper in our city, much to my delight,” Cr Cumming said.

THE sights, sounds and smells of Ethiopia will fill Footscray this Saturday at the Ethiopian New Year Festival.

Held in the heart of the suburb at Madden Square, the festival will be an afternoon feast for the senses, with cultural demonstrations, including Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, traditional food, a fashion parade, singing and dancing.

Festival organiser and Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria president Adamu Tefera said the annual festival had grown from humble beginnings twelve years ago to become a truly multicultural event, showcasing the cultural diversity and cohesiveness of Footscray.

“At the time we first decided to hold a new year festival, there were many Ethiopian-Australians who resided in the City of Maribyrnong and many Ethiopian businesses thriving, so we thought it was a good time to introduce Ethiopian culture to the wider community,” Mr Tefera said.

“Since then it has continued to grow and become an event of great significant to the Ethiopian community.

“It is an opportunity for Ethiopians to express and embrace their culture and identity and to express their gratitude to the Australian community for embracing multiculturalism.”

Mayor Catherine Cumming said the festival would be a great celebration of the spiritual and cultural life of Ethiopian people in Footscray.

“This is a community rich in history and culture and one which continues to grow and prosper in our city, much to my delight,” Cr Cumming said.

“Please join us in celebrating the Ethiopian New Year and enjoy the vibrant, joyful culture and performances the Ethiopian community is renowned for.”

The Ethiopian New Year Festival will take place this Saturday, September 9 from 11am-5pm.

Details: festivalcity.com.au

SOURCE : HERALD SUN

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