Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Food, fashion, dance, music but most of all; free FUN
As the days start to warm with the first sunshine of Spring there's no better time to step outside, shake off the cobwebs and make the weekends count. Here are our top three cultural festival events for September in Sydney.
Sydney Taiwan Festival; food, friends and festivities
Taiwan Festival in Darling Harbour; September 7th 3pm-9pm, September 8th 10am-6pm
Spring in Sydney proves to be a smorgasboard of cultural immersion in September. September 7th kicks it off with the Tawian festival in Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour, including the night market until 9pm and followed the next day with the remainder of festival acts and stalls until 6pm. Taiwan? Yes, Taiwan, the small island off the coast of mainland China that packs a serious punch, blending influences of Japanese and Chinese culture to produce its own unique Taiwanese culture.
What can you expect? Taiwanese traditional dance troups, bands, a Taiwanese puppetry show, belly dancing, singers, diablo demonstrations – you name it. Choice galore for the young and old. Taiwanese food stalls will be on hand to keep any cravings at bay whilst sampling the culinary delicacies of the region such as dumplings and pearl milk tea. Increase your multicultural exposure and knowledge and bring the family down.
The 2013 Brazilian Festival is set to be bigger and better than 2012
A free event on the shore of the Harbour that the whole family can get involved in takes the form of the Ritmo Brazilian Day. Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour will be bringing the sounds, smells and sights of Brazil to Sydney. Think main stage music, dance performances, classes, food stalls and beverages of both the alcoholic and soft variety. Not just desired for the World Cup, Brazil's best offerings are brought to Sydney for this very special dpring weekend.
Churrasco, pastries, Caiprinha cocktails… think Brazilian and your feet wont be able to get you there fast enough. This is the perfect way for families to familiarize themselves with the Brazilian culture as there truly will be something there for everyone from face painting for the kids all the way down to an all-night afterparty for the young-at-heart. From 11.30am on Sunday the 15th.
MFest; Malaysia Festival Darling Harbour is an event for the whole family
Between 10am and 6pm on Sunday the 22nd, head down to the infamous Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour for yet another free Spring Festival bringing Sydney's love of all things multicultural to the foreground. Malaysia Fest (MFest) seeks to promote Malaysian culture with amazing food stalls demonstrating the expansive cuisine and multiple cultural performances. And incredibly, this free festival is organised and brought to the public through the skills of the executive committee, all local university students.
The ever present lines at Chinatown's Mamak should signal to any discerning diner that Malaysian food is on the way up. Who can bypass fresh roti? Well you won't have to as Mamak brings a stall to the festival along with other favourite Malay establishments like Nonya, Papparoti and Petaling Street's hawker food. On top of music and dance performances, prizes will be up for grabs over the course of the day. Ipad's, xbox's and even Malaysia Airlines flight tickets were on offer last year and we expect similar items up for grabs this year especially with the airline being a key sponsor again in 2013.