Harajuku fashion will transform Chinatown from next month. The city’s anime and cosplay communities have joined forces to celebrate Asian cultures, including fashion and music, in Moonta St, on the first Friday night of each month. Anime is a Japanese abbreviation for the word animation and cosplay is a shortened term for costume role play, which refers to the sub-culture of dressing up as characters from video games, comics and anime. The event will feature best-dressed competitions, DJs playing Asian pop music and fashion parades. Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Conan Fahey, who is helping organise the event, said he wanted to bring a taste of Japan to Chinatown. “It is about reinvigorating Chinatown with different sorts of events and activities,” Mr Fahey said. “There is a whole sub-culture here in Adelaide where people from non-Chinese or non-Korean heritages seem to be embracing this Japanese and Chinese pop cultures
Mr Guo Zhaoxin, Vice Governor of Shandong Province visited Adelaide to further discuss economic cooperation between Shandong Province and South Australia and to celebrate the anniversary of our successful Sister State relationship. The Premier of South Australia Mike Rann hosted an official dinner for the Vice Governor and delegation on the 17 October 2011. Premier Rann last met the Shandong Provincial Governor Jiang Daming on his business mission to Shandong on 12 April 2011. We look forward to further positive outcomes in a wide variety of industry sectors for Adelaide and South Australia.
Adelaide-based Australia China Development Company general manager Conan Fahey, who helps trade between Australia and China, said Chinatown was under-utilised.
Fireworks, lion dances, martial arts displays and a fashion parade will help ring in the Lunar New Year at a street party in Chinatown this Saturday. Adelaide’s multicultural communities will showcase their music, dance and food at the event, which marks the start of the 15-day Lunar New Year festival on February 3. According to the Chinese Zodiac 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Chinese astrology says people born under the rabbit (for example 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999) make ideal diplomats or politicians, and have grace, culture and beautiful manners. The free street party on Moonta St, between Gouger and Grote streets, starts at 11am.
“Weiping has never taken part in Australian Chinese New Year before, so this is her first chance to see how things are done here. She helps out anyway she can, meets some new people, and finds out that although some things stay the same, the celebrations here are different because Australia has people from all over Asia.” My Australia: Episode 13 – Part 3 You Tube Clip