Celebrate Ethiopian culture at the Ethiopian New Year Festival

Published on 30 August 2017

Ethiopian New Year

Nicholson Street Mall in Footscray will radiate with the sights, sounds and smells of Ethiopian culture when the Ethiopian New Festival hits town on Saturday 9 September.

Now in its 12th year, the New Year festival (based on the Julian calendar) forms part of the rich cultural tapestry of the City of Maribyrnong and is a signature event on the Festival City calendar.

Held in Nicholson St Mall, the festival is an afternoon feast for the senses with cultural demonstrations including Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, traditional food, a fashion parade, singing and dance.

Festival organiser Adamu Tefera, the President of the Ethiopian Community Association in Victoria, says the festival has grown from humble beginnings just over a decade 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.

“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,” said Adamu.

All aspects of Ethiopian culture will be on display throughout the afternoon including traditional music, dance, art and history. There will also be entertainment for the kids, circus acts, spiritual blessings by Ethiopian churches, coffee ceremonies and more.

For more information on the festival visit festivalcity.com.au

Ethiopian New Year Festival
Nicholson St Mall
Sat 9 September 2017
11am - 5pm

A word from the Mayor:

“It’s wonderful to once again be celebrating the spiritual and cultural life of Ethiopian people here 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.

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

 Maribyrnong News

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