The theme this year was "Sharing Our Celebrations". There were booths about various countries set up on multiple levels of The Rooms, and the event was supplemented by presentations in the theatre as well as artistic performances on the third level.
When we arrived, we waited in the theatre for a presentation to start, but nothing seemed to be happening. Then the first artistic performers started on the third floor - the aboriginal group Eastern Owl (who we'd seen at Spirit Song) - so we left and went into the lobby just outside the theatre to listen from afar while we were waiting for a presentation to start in the theatre.
After their performance, we made our way back to the theatre to see if anything was going to be happening and we walked in on the last 1.5 minutes of a presentation about Nigerian celebrations. That was our first timing fail of the day - we're still not sure how we could have missed it. But then we stuck around for a presentation about the Carnaval de Barranquilla in Columbia, the second biggest carnival in the world! It seemed wild and like it would be a lot of fun to see.
Then we heard a faint drum beat in the background and made our way upstairs to watch some Chinese Lion Dancing! The movements were fluid but seemed random, however it was obviously very well choreographed as there were two people operating the lion.
Afterwards, due to a cancellation, we ended up seeing the presentation about Columbia again, followed by a presentation about the history of the Sharing Our Cultures event itself. It was interesting to see how and why the event was started, as well as how it has grown throughout the years.
We really enjoyed our Something Saturday this past week although it was a bit confusing trying to manage the timings, especially since they were delayed by varying amounts. We would have definitely liked to see more of the artistic performances, so we'll just have to go back again next year!