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Music, culture of Australia featured at Houston International Festival 2014

Images highlighting the music, culture, and activities of Australia on day one of the Houston International Festival on April 26, 2014.
Images highlighting the music, culture, and activities of Australia on day one of the Houston International Festival on April 26, 2014.
Darla Tamulitis-La Vita Loca Photography

The 2014 edition of the Houston International Festival (iFest) kicked off on Saturday, April 26, 2014 with concerts, displays, and activities focusing on the culture of Australia.

Musical entertainment was held throughout the day, along with interactive displays and exhibitions, giving patrons the opportunity to experience the Australian culture.

As is a tradition with iFest, diversity in the name of the game, allowing visitors to additionally experience other cultures from around the world.

Groups such as the Mexteco Ballet Folklorico, Feather Face, and El Rectorado del Son drew crowds for their performances, along with Australian didgeridoo player Cameron McCarthy and The Down Under Band Tribute to Australian Pop who focused on the featured country’s music.

The Houston Lonestars, an Australian Rules football team located in Houston, was also in attendance and a fan favorite as they demonstrated their sport and explained to visitors the different and similar aspect of the game.

Another favorite activity was the gold panning display which allowed patrons to pan for gold the way the prospectors did in Australia during the 1800s.

The display that drew tired souls who were look for a bit of relief was the rest area designed to simulate the Sydney Opera House.

The area was constructed inside Sam Houston Park with historical pictures and explanations of how the building was constructed from 1959 until 1971.

The festival continues on Sunday, April 27 with more performances and displays for those in attendance.

The headline concerts, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Bud Light World Stage with El Gran Silecio and The Down Under Band Tribute to Australian Pop ay 7:30 p.m. in the Coopers Down Under Pub.

The Houston International Festival also continues on May 3-4, 2014.