Adelaide-Bangladeshi Cultural Club (ABACC) Incorporated, a non profit community organisation based in South Australia (SA). The motto of ABACC is to present Bangladeshi Culture & Heritage in Australia. BANGLADESHI is a growing community in South Australia and ABACC are quite eager to show our cultural display to the Australians. This time ABACC arranged a BANGLADESHI FOOD AND DRESS FESTIVAL with the Slogan “Taste the Flavour of Bangladesh” for the first time in Adelaide, SA. Venue was Cowandilla Primary School Ground, Adelaide on Sunday the 27th October 2013 from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. The objectives of the program are to Introduce Bangladeshi traditional Food & Dress in South Australians & Promote small entrepreneurs. 22 different food, and dress stalls & Live cultural program performed by Bangladeshi Performers who lives in SA
Following Honourable guests from Australian Government were present at the Festival: Chief guest, Honourable Jennifer Rankine MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Special Guest, Honourable Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Minister for Housing and Urban Development are attending our festival, Special Guest, Honourable Matt Williams,MP Federal member for Hindmarsh, Special Guest, Honourable Dr Joseph Masika OAM, a member of South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC), Special Guest, Honourable Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Special Guest, Honourable John Trainer, Mayor, City of West Torrens, SA.
The feedbacks from guests are mentionable. They were highly glad to taste Bangladeshi foods, enjoyed the cultural programs. Some of them participated in chorus song. The appreciating point is that Chief Guest, Honourable Jennifer Rankine MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and Minister for Multicultural Affairs had wear Bangladeshi Dress Saluar Kamiz and Special Guest, Honourable Michael Atkinson MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly had wear Panjabi. The minster also became motivated to have Hena Painting (Mehedi).
Honourable guests from Bangladeshi Community people: Senior Doctors, University Teachers, Engineers, Businessmen and other respected senior people of different professions.
Around 1500 people including Australian and other nationalities were present. At the end of the festival all the stall owners were very happy as they got the scope to represent Bangladeshi in South Australia. Overall turnover was very good. The responses from the guests were very positive, the food was very tasty, and presentation of foods was very good. Different types of Bangladeshi traditional food like Pitha, Halim, Fuska, Chotpoti, Jhal Muri, Biriyani, Mango lacci, Faluda, Burhani, Doi Bora, Jilebi, Singara, Samocha, etc were brought at the Festival. Bangladeshi traditional dress and handicrafts were also presented at the Festival; Saluar kamiz, Fotua, Saree, Nakhikatha, Show piece, ornaments, etc.
Cultural performance was appreciated by all the people of the festival specially the standard of performance and presentation. Rudro Shovon, and Bedowra Haque Aumon were highly appreciated for their melodious Bangla songs. Ishti, Sristi, Lubaba and Aritri have performed attractively Bangladeshi traditional dances. Some senior Bangladeshi people who are living in SA for long time mentioned that this is the first time they have seen such beautiful program in Adelaide. Some of the attendee mentioned the festival as “A SMALL BANGLADESH IN ADELAIDE” . ABACC is thankful to all performers, stall owners, and guests.
ABACC is committed to organise other festivals focusing on the special days of Bangladesh; 21st February, 26 March, 16 December and Pohela Boishak in South Australia each year.