08 Jan 2019
A taste of Panama in Adelaide
While Panama prepares for an invasion of young Catholics for World Youth Day 2019, the Adelaide Archdiocese is preparing for its own version of WYD at the beachside venue of Sacred Heart College, Somerton Park, on the Australia Day weekend.
To be held on January 27 from 10.30am to 10pm, the WYD Adelaide festival will coincide with the gathering of international WYD pilgrims aged 16 to 35 in Panama.
Tipped to be the largest diocesan youth event since the Double M Festival which recognised the canonisation of Mary MacKillop in 2010, the local festival is already attracting good ticket sales from individuals as well as group bookings from Catholic schools and parishes. Several interstate groups have also indicated they will be attending.
About 35 musical acts and speakers, workshops and panels will be featured at the festival, including ‘big name’ drawcards Jesuitical, Sacred Stone, Gospo Collective and singer Genevieve Bryant.
Internationally-acclaimed Jesuitical is a weekly podcast for young Catholics hosted by Olga Segura, Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless and produced by Eloise Blondiau in the US.
Food trucks and amusements will provide a colourful backdrop to the festival which includes a community Mass at 5pm.