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Live Lighter Perth Basant Festival 2018

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Spend some time at this multicultural festival
Langley Park will come alive on Sunday 28th October 2018, when the Basant Multicultural Festival begins at 11.00 am and goes until 10.00 pm. Langley Park is on Riverside Drive, just out of the CBD.

It will be celebrating spring and new beginnings and is traditionally a Punjabi Indian kite flying festival. Basant Panchami is also a festival that honours Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and art. The goddess is often shown as dressed in yellow and on this day, women in India wear yellow saris or accessories. Yellow is also the colour of the mustard flower and this announces the arrival of spring.

Generally, the main meal of the day is made with yellow rice, which is cooked especially for the occasion. Many celebrations take place in schools and universities. Children might be taught to write their first words on this day.



Here in Perth, this festival usually attracts a crowd of about 20,000 people at the annual multicultural Basant Festival. This is Perth's biggest multicultural show and will entertain people of all ages and cultures. The day will be packed with lots of events and activities to do including:

Rides
Kids activities
Free Kite Flying
Kite making
Multicultural dance performances
Over 100 food and market stalls
Open DJ to end the evening
Free fruit
Stage entertainment from 12 noon until 9.00 pm
Multicultural dance competition
Fun entertainment and activities corner
Henna
Face painting

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You can register for FREE children's rides and to do this, you need to click here. This sale does, however, end on 27th October 2018, so make sure you register now.

Food vans will provide the following:

A multicultural flair
Healthy options
Vegan and vegetarian options
Some dietary intolerant options
Excellent food

No matter what your food needs are, you will be catered for at the Live Lighter Besant Festival.

The Basant Festival dance acts will showcase local talents and dance styles. It will also give multicultural communities and dance groups the opportunity to gain exposure within the Perth area.

Dance categories and prizes include the following:
Adults (aged 19 years plus)
Teens (aged 11 - 18 years)
Junior (aged 5 - 10 years)

First prize - $500
2nd Prize per category - $250
3rd Prize per category - $100

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The Basant Festival supports the local charity partner, Feeding Australia. Entry is by donation, and there are some varied activities throughout the Festival where funds will be collected for this Foundation. Feeding Australia is an initiative of Salman Foundation​ and provides support and a warm, nutritious meal for those experiencing homelessness, or those who are at risk of homelessness.​

Homelessness is on the rise throughout many areas of Perth. There are many reasons why people become homeless and these include expensive housing, mental illness, addictions, and unemployment, to name but a few.

This festival is hosted by:

Opus Homes
So Change Inc.
Jhoom Dance Crew
Perth Besant Festival


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Why? For a kite flying festival with food and more
When: 28th October, 2018
Where: Langley Park, Riverside Drive, Perth, WA 6000
Cost: FREE
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