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Celebrate the arts and cultures of Western Sydney
If you want to make the most of the October Long Weekend and the last few days of the school holidays, head to Parramatta, where the annual Parramasala will be transforming the area with music, dance and theatre from all around the world. No matter what your budget is, you'll find something to do here, with a range of free and ticketed activities taking place from Friday October 4 to Monday October 7.
The festival has two key venues where you will find most of the action, although there are also some events taking place elsewhere. The first of these is Riverside Theatres, where there will be musicals, plays and other performances. Then there's Prince Alfred Park, where you will find markets, concerts, workshops, acrobats, camel rides and storytelling.
More information on each of the events that makes up Parramasala can be found here, but some of the highlights are also listed below.
Opening Parade and Concert Opening Parramasala will be a spectacular parade from Town Hall to Prince Alfred Park via Church Street, which begins at 6.30pm. It's all about the residents of Western Sydney and where they hail from, so expect a range of cultures to be represented. A concert will run in Prince Alfred Park afterwards until 10.00pm (it actually starts at 6.00pm though), with acts including L-FRESH The LION, Karifi and the African Union Beats and Raghu Dixit. The night will end with a fireworks display at 10.00pm.
Masala Markets These markets will run every day and most evenings at Prince Alfred Park. They will offer delicacies from all around the world, as well as traditional artforms like henna and meditation, along with products such as spices, homewares, jewellery, fashion, furniture and more.
Chai Temple During each day of Parramasala you can relax with a tea or coffee and cake on the comfy lounges at the Chai Temple, a corner of the courtyard at Riverside Theatres decorated with saris and Middle Eastern rugs and filled with chilled-out music. In the evening, the temple will transform, and become a venue for a range of (free) music performances.
Temptation Reloaded with Shahrukh Khan The closing event of the Parramasala Festival is a Bollywood treat, as Monday October 7 sees Shahrukh Khan performing a one-off show called Temptation Reloaded at Allphones Arena. Movie star Khan is the biggest celebrity in India and has appeared in more than 75 films. At the concert he will be supported by a lineup of singers, dancers and A-list Bollywood actresses in a show that has sold out in twelve countries.