VIETFEST 2019 - "Soul of the Motherland"

The main thread running throughout Vietfest 2019 derives inspiration from two popular but familiar materials that are silk and bamboo. To many, they have gone beyond mere playing an inexplicable role in daily life of many Vietnamese but further to becoming the embodiment of the Vietnamese culture. Drawing on that valuable asset, Vietnamese 2019 chooses the topic ‘Soul of the motherland’ viewed through the lenses of these two symbols with the aim of bringing forth the most captivating and intimate aspects of Vietnamese culture to international friends in all corners of the globe. Learn more


The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
Scott Theatre & Pfitzner Court
Entrance via Gate 14, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5000


12pm to 8:30pm Saturday, 12th October, 2019.


12:00 pm - 6:00pm
Game zone
Ao dai and traditional costume dressing
Dong Ho painting coloring
Coffee tasting sessions
Tea tasting sessions
Vietnamese street food station
6:00 pm - 8:30 pmVietnamese music shows



Ao dai & traditional costume dressing

Taking family photos in ao dai - the Vietnamese national costume has been an important part of major ceremonies and festivals in Vietnam. In this activity, couples, groups and families would have an opportunity to try on our amazing traditional costume (not only Ao dai though, we have more than that!). We have a range of Ao dai and traditional costume that suits kid from 3 years old and adults from XS - L size. For big group of friends, we recommend that you divided into groups smaller than 5 to reduce your waiting time! Families are encouraged to take the photos together.

$2/person (including kids).
$5 for group of 3
$1.5 per person for groups of 4 and above.

Game zone

Vietnamese folk games will be held in sessions at the Pfitzner Court for public participation. The list includes but not limited to:
- Bamboo dancing
- Capture the flag (Viet version)
- Sack race

Nail for kids

A nail bar is opening up at Vietfest 2019. Our team will provide a special nail service for kids from 4 - 10 years old.


Hundreds of years ago, Vietnamese used a logographic writing system and our calligraphy was well-developed. Later on, Vietnamese language has adopted the modern phonogram writing system, we did transfer our calligraphy to Latin alphabet letters. Let’s try writing your name in Vietnamese calligraphy style!

Traditional painting coloring

Dong Ho painting is a line of Vietnamese folk painting originated in Dong Ho Village. It reflects the traditional aesthetic value, social philosophies, and humanitarian desires of Vietnamese culture. Let your kids spark their imagination in coloring those paintings!

Tasting sessions

These cultural workshops aims to showcase the beauty of Vietnamese culture with educative information and tasting experience.
Tea tasting session will introduce the variety of Vietnamese tea and our seasonal tea-snacks, such as dried fruits and sugar-coated fruits. You will explore a range of flavour in this session and learn the tea culture in different regions of our country.
Coffee tasting session will introduce the Vietnamese coffee beans blended and roasted by a Vietnamese coffee maker who received several South Australian awards. Getting bored of the popular Vietnamese filtered iced coffee? Don’t worry, you will also learn (and taste) different types of coffee served in Vietnam including the exotic egg-coffee of Hanoi.
There are limited tickets for each session, 20-25 audiences per session (30-40 minutes).

Please see the detailed timetable below and reserve your place in these sessions by registering via Eventbrite:
12:10 - 12:55Coffee tasting session 1Buy ticket here
13:10 - 13:55Tea tasting session 1Buy ticket here
14:05 - 14:50Coffee tasting session 2Buy ticket here
15:05 - 15:50Tea tasting session 2Buy ticket here
16:00 - 16:45Coffee tasting session 3Buy ticket here

Performance night

Booking required !!!
Free ticket available for booking HERE

A music show with different types of performance ranging from traditional dances to contemporary performing arts.

Street food station

There are more than 20 Vietnamese traditional cuisines and Vietnamese street foods going to be served at the event. These foods are varied from Northern, Central and Southern of Vietnam, including entrees, main dishes, desserts and drinks.


1. Kintore Avenue

Paid parking $2.5 for every 3 hours. Free after 6 pm.

2. Victoria Drive (Behind University)

Paid parking $2.5 for every 3 hours. Free after 6 pm.

3. War Memorial Drive (Behind University)

Free parking after 12 pm on Saturday. However, 2-hour free parking limit applied when there is other event at Adelaide Oval or surrounding area. Check out for street signage. Patrons can cross the Torren River via the foot bridge then follow Victoria Drive towards Kintore Avenue and turn left onto Kintore Avenue.

4. Frome Road & War Memorial Drive (Behind Adelaide Zoo & Botanic Garden)

Patrons can walk down War Memorial Drive towards Victoria Drive behind the University then follow Victoria Drive and turn left to Kintore Avenue to reach the event venue. Check out for street signage, parking limit and rates. Generally free after 6 pm.

5. Rundle Road and East Terrace

Patron can walk to North Terrace which is parallel to Rundle Road then walk towards the Art Gallery tram stop and turn right onto Kintore Avenue. Alternatively, catch a tram at Botanic Garden tram stop and get off at Art Gallery tram stop. Please look out for street signage. Free after 6 pm, some spots are free after 12 pm.

6. Thebarton Free Car Park

Free parking for 4 hours. Patrons then can proceed to catch a Botanic Garden tram and get off at Art Gallery tram stop. Get off and turn right onto Kintore Avenue.

Other paid parking

Upark on Gawler Place - Find more information here
Upark on Rundle Street - Find more information here
UWilson Car Park Adelaide Central - Find more information here

No road closures for this event.