Roma Street Parkland will once again be awash with colour at this much-anticipated festival. Get into your Indian sarees, Salwar Kameez/Punjabi suit and kurtas (a loose collarless shirt worn in many regions of South Asia) and bring a scarf. You'll want to look the part at this colourful festival. It's the iconic India Day Fair and is brought to you by GOPIO Queensland members and is a non-stop celebration of India's 72nd Anniversary of Independence Day in 1947.
India Day Fair is a celebration of the Indian culture showcasing its art, food, music, beautiful Bollywood and classical dances. As per past years, it promises to be a fun day full of Indian cultural performances, exciting parades, finger-licking good food (who doesn't love Indian food?), and oodles of music and live entertainment. Don't miss the evening grand finale of this mega event which will be DJ music and spectacular fireworks.
Biryani anyone? (May Cross)
Many local and overseas artists have been lined up for the show this year. The show-stopping act is Bollywood's famous singer, Master Saleem, sometimes referred to as Saleem Shahzada. If you don't already know him, he is an Indian singer from Punjab, known for his work as a devotional singer and playback singer in Bollywood films, like Heyy Babyy, Dostana and Love Aaj Kal. He has also released private albums, of Punjabi Music, Religious and Sufi music.
Master Saleem (image from twitter)
Details It is being held at the same terrific venue as past years: that is, in the Amphitheatre of Roma Street Parkland, at 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City. Use entrance 6. It is recommended that you leave the car at home and catch public transport on the day. It is easy to get to as there are frequent trains and buses to Roma Street Transit Centre from most suburbs.
The festival is on Saturday 17 August from 11:00am to 9:00pm. For more information visit GOPIO Queensland here. It is FREE and no bookings are required. It is a community event suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome to attend. This family-friendly fun fair is for the whole community and no alcohol is allowed.
What is Gopio? The Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) is a non-partisan, secular global organisation engaged in promoting the wellbeing of people of Indian origin and enhancing cooperation and communication between Indian Diaspora around the world. Did you know that there are over 20 million people of Indian origin living outside India? Imagine if most of Australia's population lived elsewhere.