A spicy mix of parade, parties, exotic bazaar and food
The wonderous event that is Parramasala returns to the streets of Parramatta in Sydney's western suburbs to celebrate its fifth year of dance, music, theatre, food, culture and more. And what's more? It's bringing nearby Harris Park along for the cultural ride!
Parramasala is a free festival that celebrates the diversity of cultures in Sydney. Running over 3 days and 3 nights from Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October, there is something for everyone.
Opening Night Parade and Concert
Immerse yourself in the festivities on the first night and join the Opening Night Parade full of colourful costumes and energetic dancers.
Follow the music through the Parramatta streets leading to Prince Alfred Square for a massive street party and concert featuring the funky fusion of local hiphop artist L-FRESH, Indigenous songstress Gambirra with her brothers in song Blak Douglas and Ben Grono, Mexican singer Victor Valdes and his Real Mexico Mariachi band, plus a Big Bollywood Dance where YOU can register to learn and take part before ending the night with fireworks.
Prince Alfred Park's Outdoor Stage will be the place to be for entertainment all Saturday and Sunday with a huge program of local and international musical and dance performances, including India's Ms Raminder Khurana and the Odissi Dance Group.
Other events scheduled over the long weekend include:
Masala Markets Bigger and better than ever, taste your way around the world at this bussling bazaar located in Prince Alfred Park. Experience traditional artforms including henna hand painting or meditation, ride a camel and peruse the many markets for spices, handmade jewellery and more. It is open nightly.
Chill out on comfy lounges and Middle Eastern rugs while sipping chai tea in the Chai Temple, located near the Riverside Theatre. By day, it's a relaxation space filled with chilled-out music. By night, it turns into a venue for free musical performances.
Art Workshops and Exhibition Meet artists and hear about their work or find your own inner artist in family art workshop at Parramatta Artists Studios or hear the stories of Chinese-Indian mixed marriages at the Chindian Diaries Exhibition.
South Asian Film Festival Enjoy a selection of short and feature films exploring a wide range of themes and cultures at Riverside Theatres and the Information and Cultural Exchange in Parramatta. This includes special commissioned works for this year's event program - the documentary Ashok Roy Story by Oonagh Sherrard; Diaspora Stories and short films curated by Gary Paramanathanl. The work Diva Devine by Heather Lee will also premiere at the festival.
Harris Park Bollywood Block Party
A new event in this year's program is the Harris Park Bollywood Block Party which will take place on Saturday (18 October) evening. The party will transform the intersection of Wigram Street and Marion Street into a pedestrian-only celebration zone where people can enjoy street-hawker style food, dancers, musicians and DJs playing a mix of world and contemporary music.