The popular Cherry Blossom Festival returns to Auburn Botanic Gardens on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of August and 29th and 30th of August 2015.
Considered one of the biggest local events of the year, this year's event is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors from all around NSW.
The centrepiece of this festival is Auburn Botanic Gardens' Japanese Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), which bloom for a brief two week period each year. When in full bloom, the glorious cherry blossoms create a stunning backdrop for the crowd to revel in.
To celebrate this annual attraction, Auburn City Council has created a fantastic Japanese cultural programme, with a full variety of performances, demonstrations and activities for all to enjoy in the Gardens and at the Peacock Gallery.
Highlights of this year's festival programme include Japanese themed demonstrations such as Ikebana (flower arranging), Kendo (Martial Arts) and various musical performances including Koto and Taiko drumming. The Peacock Gallery activities include an art exhibition, origami workshops as well as food and drink stalls.
The festival also showcases the unique Japanese fashion subculture of Cosplay. This performance art sees participants dress up and play out character representations from various Japanese and American pop culture phenomena.
Visitors are welcome to participate in the Japanese tradition of Hanami. Come along with friends and family and enjoy the serene gardens whilst relaxing on a picnic rug and viewing the entertaining performances.
The Festival runs on the 22nd and 23rd of August and 29th and 30th of August 2015 from 11am‐4pm (weekends only) at Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chiswick Road, Auburn.
Admission is FREE for Auburn Residents and Children under 16.
Entry for non‐residents is priced at $5 per person (during the Festival period).