The centrepiece of the first Festival was 11.3 ft Ganesh idol (Australia Ċha Raja) put on public display for darshan. This was the largest Ganesh idol outside India. The 14 ft splendid decoration around the idol was another attraction for the visitors.
International and local talents, including well-known art groups and school children from across South Australia, graced the occasion with multicultural performances lasting for more than 7 hours over two days.
It was a melting pot of various cultures when visitors got an opportunity to experience performances from different cultures like Italian, African, Greek, Fiji, Cambodian, Chinese, Aboriginal, and Indian.
The zeal and enthusiasm was palpable among over 6,000 visitors over two days where not a single untoward incident was reported.
The credit for the success of the Festival surely goes to more than 200 volunteers from sports community, senior citizens’ group, ladies from different communities, college students and youngsters.