Filipino Lantern and Cultural Festival – Review By Festival Girl


Festival Girl Rates: 5.5/10

The Filipino Lantern and Cultural Festival last Saturday was a chance to get a start on some early Christmas celebrations. To help kick off the celebration, there was a parade, Christmas choir singers, a lantern making competetion, food stalls, a gift stall, sports demonstraions, a talent quest, traditional Filipino native costumes and other festive Filipino activities. 

All the sights, all the sounds, the aroma and flavours of the Filipino Christmas were in Parramatta. 

Festival Girl Highlights:

It was my first taste of Halo Halo a Filipino shaved ice dessert OMG – OMG. It was such a hot day, this dessert was my staple for the day. 


Hello Halo Halo
Some performers singing in the amphitheatre 


Filipino beauties posing for a picture


Traditional dressed Filipino lady



Free concert given to the public: Go Pinoy!


Adorable older ladies dressed in native clothes – love the colours and textures. 

Markets with Filipino treats for sale 


The parols were traditionally made from simple materials like bamboo sticks and rice paper and had a candle or coconut oil lamp for illumination. 


The festival is centred on the parol or lantern which symbolises the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Wise Men


This stall was so cute, you all know by now that I love the concept of recycled goods and giving things a second life. My Ecofriend makes accessories that are handmade from recycled foil juice packs, vinyl, chips packets, candy wrapper, nylon sacks, jute, rice flour bags, aluminum cans, bottles, old telephone directories, old magazines, and used newspapers. They are lovingly made by poor women to benefit their families and the environment.


Totally in love with this red bracelet made completely of buttons – but as ‘thought’ about it for a minute – the girl pictured bought it. You snooze you loose I guess…





The Gift stall and Parols for sale


Traditional Filipino ladies – this costume is so feminine and pretty, I love the use of lace


Festival chief organiser Emma de Vera said the star was the Filipinos’ most cherished symbol of yuletide celebrations, hence the importance of the Parasol


Festival Girl Lowlights:

Ahhh Parramatta parking as usual. Especially around Christmas time. I would have liked to see a bit more arts and crafts, but of course I always do. Maybe some more cultural stores or information for the patrons. But all in all, a fun event.

Maligayang Pasko! Merry Christmas! 


 If you love Christmas like I do, here are some other Family Fun festivals coming up celebrating the most wonderful time of the year.

Love,
 Festival Girl xox

How to Make Art Using A Nintendo DS | Sydney Opera House

Mika Utzon Popov is the grandson of Sydney Opera House designer, Jørn Utzon.

This Sunday 28 November, Nintendo and acclaimed artist Mika Utzon Popov will be holding a free outdoor art class for 100 people using Nintendo ds game Art Academy. Mika Utzon Popov is actually the grandson of Sydney Opera House designer, Jørn Utzon – wow!

Utzon Popov will use one of the latest games on Nintendo DS – Art Academy – to show how anyone from beginners to experts can create their own works of art! The 100 lucky people will go through a tutorial in painting and drawing techniques, and then they will be given the opportunity to draw Australia’s most iconic building – The Sydney Opera House on their Nintendo DS thanks to Art Academy!
The first 100 people to register for the exclusive art class and turn up on the day will receive a free Art Academy game. Those interested in attending the Art Academy class can come equipped with their own, Nintendo DS, but if you don’t have one, you can still participate on the day as there will be Nintendo DS consoles on hand to borrow.

The day will begin with an intensive art class inside the Park Hyatt, where Utzon Popov will divulge his tips and tricks, on the finer points of the software, and arm the students with the tools with which to unearth their inner artist. Once the students have learnt the ropes, they’ll be let loose at Campbell’s Cove where they will paint their own impressions of The Sydney Opera House using their Nintendo DS.

If your interested, register for Sunday’s event, visit: http://gamesites.nintendo.com.au/art-academy-event

Comment if you happen to go along or know someone who did, I’d love to post some pix because I can’t make it to this one.

When: Sunday, November 28 2010

Where: The Boardroom Library, Park Hyatt Hotel, 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney

Time: 10:00am for new registrations, 10:30am for pre-registrations. The art class will commence at 11am until 1pm.

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Stereosonic 2010 – Preview by Festival Girl

stereosonic

Stereosonic isn’t really one of my usual events that I would review, but there is always time for a first.Now in its 4th year, Stereosonic is the brainchild of two Australian boutique event companies with the vision to bring the best in ever-popular and new talent to a discerning music crowd. Our ethos is simple: Try to provide the best lineup, the best venues, the best experience whilst improving each year at the best possible price. Stereosonic is Australia’s electronic music festival, now let’s get to it…

Check out the details below:
Date and Time and Where:
Sat 27 Nov, 2010
12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sydney Showground, NSW

Stereosonic 2010 boasts its biggest line-up ever featuring:

AFROJACK
DJ SNEAK
REBOOT
ALY AND FILA
DJ T
REDSHAPE
BART B MORE
GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI
RICARDO VILLALOBOS
BENNY BENASSI
INFECTED MUSHROOM
CALVIN HARRIS
JEFF MILLS
RUSS CHIMES
CARL COX
L-VIS1990
SEBASTIAN INGROSSO
CASPA
LUCIANO
SIED VAN RIEL
CONGOROCK
MAJOR LAZER SS
TECHNASIA
DJ DAN
MC ROD AZLAN
TIËSTO
OPTIMO
WILEY

Get the booklet here
Check out past video’s here:
Check out past photo’e here:

How to get there:

Calvin Harris



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