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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Haldon Street Festival, Lakemba

It's true. I love a festival.

So there was little doubt I'd be making my west to Lakemba for the annual Haldon Street Festival late last month.

About half of Lakemba's residents were born overseas resulting in a main street which is dominated by "ethnic" eateries, intriguing grocery shops and yes, good cheap food!

The day's festivities started with a parade showcasing the diversity of nationalities and cultures.

I've linked these pics to the ones in Flickr, so click to view an enlarged version.

Lion dancers

I love lion dancers! Actually I love the accompanying drums which get the heart racing and the hands clapping with glee. And the dramatic playfulness of the lion dancers always brings out the little kid in me!

Colombian dancers added colour and plenty of frills as well.

Belly dancer

Turkish drummers

Hulanesian dancers

These kids were gorgeous. And the guys really knew how to shake their booty.

Chinese drumming dancers


This girl was gorgeous. Look at that intensity!

Chinese dancers

This year's Haldon Street Festival was held on Saturday 27 August 2005. This annual event is in its sixth year, and celebrates respect, unity and peace.

Click here to see the Haldon Street Festival: Part II.

Related GrabYourFork posts:

Haldon Street Festival 2005: Part II
Chinese New Year Parade 2005: Part I
Chinese New Year Parade 2005: Part II
St Patrick's Day Parade 2005
7 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/08/2005 11:03:00 pm


  • At 9/08/2005 11:32 pm, Blogger boo_licious said…

    I love the hai yah pix of the little girl. You just caught it at the right moment.

  • At 9/09/2005 6:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love the pics.. AG..!

  • At 9/09/2005 9:44 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    Hi AG! I also love lion dancers! I love the drums too, but most of all I love the fluffy leg pants!

    We arranged a surprise lion dance at our wedding. It was really cool!

  • At 9/10/2005 12:09 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi boo licious - Yeah I could tell as soon as I snapped it that it would be a cute shot. She's a little fighter!

    Hi Big Bok - Thanks. It was a great day out.

    Hi Kelly - Oh yes, the fluffy pants! I love that yellow sequin look too! =)

    The surprise lion dance sounds way cool. What a great idea. You must have some good contacts with the local lion dancing group!

  • At 9/10/2005 9:53 am, Blogger Kelly said…

    :( Unfortunately not - we paid a small fortune for the troupe to come out! But it was worth it! :)

  • At 9/10/2005 7:24 pm, Blogger Cat said…

    such fabulous colourful festival photos!

  • At 9/12/2005 11:12 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kelly - I'm sure it was worth it. What a great treat for your surprised guests!

    Hi Catesa - Thanks. It was a great day. And I do love a festival!


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