Parramasala 2017: the festival of cultures and diversity, 10-12 March

Sydney, 8 March, 2017


Parramasala, the cultural bonanza, is happening in Parramatta this weekend (10, 11, 12 March, 2017). http://www.parramasala.com/

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“Since 2010, Parramasala has evolved into a free public celebration of the diverse and rich cultures in Sydney’s west – a heady and colourful mix of music, dance, parade, theatre, food, film and heritage.

Parramasala attracts around 30,000 people of which over 70% were born in countries other than Australia. More than 30 nationalities and cultures have been represented by the festival.

Parramasala has now moved its dates to be part of Multicultural March 2017 and will be held Friday 10 March, Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March 2017.

The event will again be held in Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square, in the Riverside Theatres and 2017 will see it spread to the Parramatta Riverbanks.
Parramasala will continue to offer free entertainment, markets, music, visual arts and a party atmosphere – giving the whole family the opportunity to experience the many diverse cultures of Sydney and to explore facets of life in Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is home to Australia’s most culturally diverse population and is the ideal area to host an event which brings together so many cultures in a positive, inclusive and friendly atmosphere.” is how Parramasala describes this great festival.

Information below is copied from Parramasala website. http://www.parramasala.com/events/

All Events

Competitions - Win Prizes at Parramasala!
Friday 10 March 2017

Competitions – Win Prizes at Parramasala!

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Want to win movie passes to Hoyts? Or maybe an evening out at the Premiers Harmony Day Dinner? Or how about a cooking class for you and your friends? You could even win a trip to India! We have so many exciting competitions at this years festival, get set to win some super cool prizes at Parramasala!

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Friday 10 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

5:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Coco Varma
Friday 10 March 2017

Coco Varma

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Coco Varma is back at Parramasala 2017. Known as the ‘Godfather of Indo Electronica’ – Coco’s diversity is his strength!

Spice Alley / Food & Drink
Friday 10 March 2017

Spice Alley / Food & Drink

5:00PM Spice Alley

Take a wander through the streets of Spice Alley to find a mouthwatering meal! Located at Market Street, Parramatta, Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta and the Parramatta River Foreshore – you’ll be sure to find food that will tantalise the taste buds and leave you wanting more!

Rides & Attractions
Friday 10 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

5:00PM Prince Alfred Park

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Masala Markets
Friday 10 March 2017

Masala Markets

5:00PM Prince Alfred Square

This year the Masala Markets will be bigger and better than ever. Experience the exotic, discover delicacies from around the world, try traditional artforms including henna hand painting or meditation and pick up everything from spices to lamps, from jewellery to furniture, from one its many stalls. The Masala Markets transform Prince Alfred Square into a bustling bazaar that brings all the magic of Asia right to your door step and offers a unique experience for the whole family.

Adorned - Wisdom, Memory & Song
Friday 10 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

5:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Opening Night Parade
Friday 10 March 2017

Opening Night Parade

6:30PM Centenary Square

The Parramasala Parade is one of the highlights of Parramasala 2017 and brings together many different communities, traditions and cultures in a colourful procession that will amaze and delight!

Ilisavani Cava
Friday 10 March 2017

Ilisavani Cava

8:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Ilisavani is a Sydney-based artist from Fiji who started singing at a very young age. In 2009, at the age of 16 he made history as the youngest winner to win Fijian Idol, declaring his position as one of the most talented musicians of the Pacific. Ilisavani has also featured on The X Factor and The Voice.

The Replicants
Friday 10 March 2017

The Replicants

8:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

A spectacular optical light performance using state of the art light equipment & technology. With clever light costuming and a dynamic choreography, The Replicants bring a real wow factor act, creating mesmerising visual displays which leave audiences gasping in amazement.

L-FRESH The LION
Friday 10 March 2017

L-FRESH The LION

8:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

L-FRESH is an artist like no other. He is renowned for his powerful presence and inspiring live shows. L-FRESH is inspired by the soulful movement in US hip hop of the late 1990s / early 2000s, and the love and respect for his own cultural and ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, India.

Rides & Attractions
Saturday 11 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Adorned Headdress Workshops
Saturday 11 March 2017

Adorned Headdress Workshops

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Celebrate colour, culture and community with the Adorned artists by designing and making your own headdress. Using a simple template and a colourful array of textured materials, participants will work with the artists featured in the Adorned artwork to decorate a special headdress to wear at the Parramasala festival. All ages welcome. Free.

Masala Mix DJ's Reunion
Saturday 11 March 2017

Masala Mix DJ’s Reunion

10:00AM The Lennox Stage + Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

From 2SER’s legendary Masala Mix – DJ Akaash reunites with Miguel at Parramasala to support the onstage flow of Parramasala by adding pinches of spicy masala mixes they have put together to add to the whole festive sizzle.

Technology District
Saturday 11 March 2017

Technology District

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Ever wanted to fly a real life drone or build your own mini piano out of electrical components? Or how about use a specialised solar telescope to take pictures of the sun? There are so many fun activities down at the Technology District for all ages, so make sure you come along!

Bobby Singh & Guests - Morning Ragas
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bobby Singh & Guests – Morning Ragas

10:30AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

One of Australia’s highest regarded musicians Tabla player Bobby Singh is a Disciple of the great maestro Pandit Aneesh Pradhan a phenomenal player, teacher and scholar.

IM/MODESTY - a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad
Saturday 11 March 2017

IM/MODESTY – a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad

11:00AM ICE – Information and Cultural Exchange

Inspired by his own teenage experiences and the stories of others with a similar background, Bangladeshi-Australian sound artist Shoeb Ahmad explores the blooming of one’s inner sexuality, meditations on intimacy and exploration of personal relationships in “im/modesty”, a 60 minute sound work that uses a text narrative for three voices to guide the listener through a psycho-geographic trip of one’s sub-continental heritage, written for and manipulated from Indian electronic instruments, harmonium and percussion as well as field sounds recorded in southern India and Bangladesh.

Indigenous Cultural Activities - Burangilli-Yilby
Saturday 11 March 2017

Indigenous Cultural Activities – Burangilli-Yilby

11:00AM Parramatta River Foreshore

Bring the whole family down to learn about Indigenous culture through a range of fun and engaging activities. Why not try your hand at weaving, enjoy Indigenous storytelling and puppets, have a go at ochre tree painting or watch a traditional wood carving demonstration. There are events and activities suitable for young and old!

Tai Chi Fitness Australia
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tai Chi Fitness Australia

12:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Tai Chi Fitness Australia (TCFA) was established in 2000 by Sue Chang.  The group will perform three dances led by Tai Chi Master Chu.

Parramatta Language Festival
Saturday 11 March 2017

Parramatta Language Festival

12:00PM ICE (Information + Cultural Exchange)

Join us for a celebration of the language diversity! The purpose of this festival is to show the great linguistic diversity of languages in existence.

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song
Saturday 11 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

12:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Tiffany Jones - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tiffany Jones – Cooking Demonstration

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Come and join pastry chef Tiffany Jones as she demonstrates how to prepare delightful desserts, pastries and cakes!

Cinema Thali
Saturday 11 March 2017

Cinema Thali

12:00PM Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Cinema Thali film festival will return to Parramasala in 2017! Join us for a celebration of South Asian cinema at Cinema Thali in Lennox Theatre March 10th and 11th! The festival showcases films from around the world and is not to be missed! Cinema Thali is presented by SBS. Read more for films and times

Makindu
Saturday 11 March 2017

Makindu

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Makindu are a duo that combine the ancient rhythms of the tabla with the mystical melodies of the clarinet. Tim, raised in Sydney, and Randeep raised in London and of Punjabi background, first met in Australia in 2013. Their music tells the story of their meeting across cultures and their journey together from Australia to India, Europe and back again. Inspired by Sikh devotional hymns, improvisation, and folk songs collected in their travels, their music is an exploration that remains rooted in the sacred and traditional.

Parramasala Pantry
Saturday 11 March 2017

Parramasala Pantry

12:00PM Riverside Theatre Courtyard

Riverside Theatre courtyard will come alive as our celebrity and guest chefs perform live cooking demonstrations that will tantalize the tastebuds and fill the room with the aromas of freshly cooked meals from around the world!

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators
Saturday 11 March 2017

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Expect death defying circus, bizarre illusion, and kooky off-the-cuff comedy…and expect Duke Dreamer to light his bum on fire.

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Saturday 11 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Suwitra Jaya - UNSW Gamelan Orchestra
Saturday 11 March 2017

Suwitra Jaya – UNSW Gamelan Orchestra

12:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The UNSW Balinese gamelan, called Suwitra Jaya (‘noble friendship’) was commissioned by the School of Arts and Media (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) in 2012. Suwitra Jaya has performed regularly in collaboration with dancers and musicians from the Balinese community in Sydney as well as performing artists from Bali.

AAPES Parkour
Saturday 11 March 2017

AAPES Parkour

12:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

You’ll find AAPES Parkour junior staff roaming around the Parramatta River Foreshore and performing tricks and stunts that will take your breath away!

Lucky African Dance & Drum Workshop
Saturday 11 March 2017

Lucky African Dance & Drum Workshop

12:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Lucky African Drum and Dance brings together master musicians and dancers from all over West Africa to provide a unique and engaging performances that draw on many cultures and art forms.

Bukhu
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bukhu

1:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Bukhu’s music brings a contemporary take on the tradition of Mongolian bards – horse fiddle and throat singing – spiritual Mongolian music.

Bollywood Workshop - Nautanki Theatre
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bollywood Workshop – Nautanki Theatre

1:00PM Experiment Farm Cottage

As part of Parramasala 2017, the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in partnership with Nautanki Theatre are delighted to present a unique Bollywood dance workshop for children and adults of all age groups.

Cook Islanders
Saturday 11 March 2017

Cook Islanders

1:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

The distinctive Cook Islander drumming is world famous, characterised by heavy drums and ukuleles. Come down to the Parramatta River Foreshore and watch as they perform a vibrant display of music that will get you moving!

Matanza
Saturday 11 March 2017

Matanza

1:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The irresistible grooves of Paul Chenard’s, Matanza are back, this time with a Brazilian recording project that was started a year ago. Matanza is set apart from many other Latin jazz line-ups by its sheer energy level, charisma, and most of all, its sense of fun.

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa
Saturday 11 March 2017

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa

1:30PM Prince Alfred Square

Come and take part in a fun workshop presented by artist Vipoo Srivilasa, creator of Kiko our Parramasala Mascot!

What Happens After Midnight in Parramatta
Saturday 11 March 2017

What Happens After Midnight in Parramatta

2:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Urban Theatre Projects has commissioned Director Roslyn Oades to collaborate with five young people from the Parramatta area on the creation of a new work – What Happens After Midnight? This talk will provide audiences with a valuable insight into the collaboration and is a chance to hear first-hand about making a new work that is connected with the local area.

Miriam Lieberman Trio
Saturday 11 March 2017

Miriam Lieberman Trio

2:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Miriam Lieberman Trio seamlessly fuse the lilting harmonies of the kora – a 21 string West African harp – with classical strings and a western folk/pop sensibility. A beautiful, exotic journey from Sydney’s seascapes to the bustling streets of Mali and beyond.

Tom Prosser - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Tom Prosser – Cooking Demonstration

2:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Come and join Tom Prosser as he cooks up a storm in the Parramasala Pantry, showcasing his love and passion for cooking French cuisine!

Shohrat Tursun
Saturday 11 March 2017

Shohrat Tursun

3:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Shohrat’s performances of traditional Uyghur music will instantly transport to you to a world where the Silk Road traded stories not just spices.

Bollywood Musical Game Show (Antakshari)
Saturday 11 March 2017

Bollywood Musical Game Show (Antakshari)

3:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Bollywood has generously contributed to the great tradition of popular Indian music. Antakshari is a popular musical game show which is traditionally played by competing teams who sing much loved film songs and quiz about their knowledge of Bollywood films.

The Three Seas
Saturday 11 March 2017

The Three Seas

3:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Three Seas combine elements of Indian folk music with a western style of song form in a band full of engaging performers from India and Australia. Listeners can expect a soulful, song-based repertoire with a diverse array of voices and unusual instruments…no Tabla’s or Sitar’s here.

Brian Johnson Jammin Jerk - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Brian Johnson Jammin Jerk – Cooking Demonstration

4:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

The Parramasala Pantry will be filled with rich aromas as Brian Johnson from Jammin Jerk cooks up his authentic signature marinades and sauces from his home country of Jamaica!

Swastik Institute of Dance
Saturday 11 March 2017

Swastik Institute of Dance

4:15PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Swastik Institute of Dance bring Bollywood and live Bhangra with Dhol drums to the Parramatta River Foreshore!

Soul Drummer
Saturday 11 March 2017

Soul Drummer

4:45PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Soul Drummer provides African drumming performances to connect and inspire. They are committed to sharing a passion for drumming, music and life with people. It is all about connecting individuals, creating community and celebrating life through rhythm.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Saturday 11 March 2017

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

In a soundscape where so many groups look and sound the same, Mai Khoi and the Dissidents offer something you have never heard before. Mai Khoi & the Dissidents is a cathartic venting born out of creative protest, the defiant Hanoi-based experimental group is as bold sonically as they are politically. Weaving eastern woodwinds through western brass layered over dissonant guitar, with Mai Khoi’s voice instantly recognisable for its angelic qualities.

Capoeira Angola - ECAMAR
Saturday 11 March 2017

Capoeira Angola – ECAMAR

5:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial art, music and dance. Capoeira Angola is listed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list for promoting worldwide mutual respect and social cohesion.

JAL - Parched Emotions
Saturday 11 March 2017

JAL – Parched Emotions

5:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Jal – the Hindi word for water – is the essence of life, and the very core of this one-hour dance drama produced by Sydney-based Swastik Institute of Dance.

South Asian Diaspora - Perception and Reality
Saturday 11 March 2017

South Asian Diaspora – Perception and Reality

5:30PM Information & Cultural Exchange (ICE)

Presented by Nautanki Theatre. Four wonderful speakers – writers, academics and social workers will discuss the topic – South Asian Diaspora – Perception and Reality.

Furqan Lodhi - Cooking Demonstration
Saturday 11 March 2017

Furqan Lodhi – Cooking Demonstration

5:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Furqan is a Parramatta local and Executive Chef at Haandee Restaurant! He will be cooking up some of his favourite dishes from his home country of Pakistan, which is set to fill the pantry with the aromas of freshly cooked Pakistani cuisine!

IndOz Rhythms
Saturday 11 March 2017

IndOz Rhythms

6:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Chenda is the traditional drum from the South Indian state of Kerala called the “Gods Own Country”.  ‘Chenda Melam’ is an essential part of any major temple festival in Kerala.

DJ Sheerien
Saturday 11 March 2017

DJ Sheerien

6:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

At Parramasala, DJ Sheerien will be mixing her signature style of Ancient Booty Beats – heard around the world at festivals and night clubs.

Worlds Collide
Saturday 11 March 2017

Worlds Collide

6:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

‘Worlds Collide’ invite audiences to move their bodies…with music ranging from meditative drones and sacred African chants to full on dance beats with soaring vocals and hip hop rhymes, this performance is designed to take listeners on a journey into the NEW SOUND of multicultural Australia.

IndOz Rhythms
Saturday 11 March 2017

IndOz Rhythms

7:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Chenda is the traditional drum from the South Indian state of Kerala called the “Gods Own Country”.  ‘Chenda Melam’ is an essential part of any major temple festival in Kerala.

Past Forward by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance
Saturday 11 March 2017

Past Forward by Leela Samson and Spanda Dance

7:00PM Riverside Theatre

Internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, Leela Samson brings her company Spanda to Australia for the first time! Past Forward is a body of creative work by Leela Samson. It depicts an inward journey experienced through the individual body and the group collective. .

Radical Son
Saturday 11 March 2017

Radical Son

7:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Radical Son’s music and stories are always guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. As a vocalist, Radical Son has a unique ability to deliver as a soul singer, rapper and spoken word artist.

Fever Fire Show
Saturday 11 March 2017

Fever Fire Show

7:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Extravagant but elegant, dynamic and daring, STAND TALL brings style and grace to the art of Fire Dance.

Dereb The Ambassador
Saturday 11 March 2017

Dereb The Ambassador

8:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Australia’s own Ethio-Soul superstar Dereb the Ambassador and his big sound band of virtuoso musicians deliver energetic rhythms and melodies that consistently get crowds moving. Dereb Desalegn is a unique vocal talent, well known as one of Ethiopia’s most respected singers.

Masala Mix DJ's Reunion
Sunday 12 March 2017

Masala Mix DJ’s Reunion

10:00AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square and Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

From 2SER’s legendary Masala Mix, DJ Akaash reunites with Miguel at Parramasala to support the onstage flow of Parramasala by adding pinches of spicy masala mixes they have put together to add to the whole festive sizzle.

Adorned Headdress Workshops
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adorned Headdress Workshops

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Celebrate colour, culture and community with the Adorned artists by designing and making your own headdress. Using a simple template and a colourful array of textured materials, participants will work with the artists featured in the Adorned artwork to decorate a special headdress to wear at the Parramasala festival. All ages welcome. Free.

Technology District
Sunday 12 March 2017

Technology District

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Ever wanted to fly a real life drone or build your own mini piano out of electrical components? Or how about use a specialised solar telescope to take pictures of the sun? There are so many fun activities down at the Technology District for all ages, so make sure you come along!

Rides & Attractions
Sunday 12 March 2017

Rides & Attractions

10:00AM Prince Alfred Square

Enjoy an evening out with the whole family at Parramasala! Why not take a ride on a camel, enjoy the view from our ferris wheel, or get adventurous and have a go on our bungy ride. There’s a ride and attraction for all ages at Parramasala!

Bobby Singh & Guests - Morning Ragas
Sunday 12 March 2017

Bobby Singh & Guests – Morning Ragas

10:30AM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

One of Australia’s highest regarded musicians Tabla player Bobby Singh is a Disciple of the great maestro Pandit Aneesh Pradhan a phenomenal player,teacher and scholar.

Indigenous Cultural Activities - Burangilli-Yilby
Sunday 12 March 2017

Indigenous Cultural Activities – Burangilli-Yilby

11:00AM Parramatta River Foreshore

Bring the whole family down to learn about Indigenous culture through a range of fun and engaging activities. Why not try your hand at weaving, enjoy Indigenous storytelling and puppets, have a go at ochre tree painting or watch a traditional wood carving demonstration. There are events and activities suitable for young and old!

IM/MODESTY - a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad
Sunday 12 March 2017

IM/MODESTY – a Sound Installation by Shoeb Ahmad

11:00AM ICE – Information and Cultural Exchange

Inspired by his own teenage experiences and the stories of others with a similar background, Bangladeshi-Australian sound artist Shoeb Ahmad explores the blooming of one’s inner sexuality, meditations on intimacy and exploration of personal relationships in “im/modesty”, a 60 minute sound work that uses a text narrative for three voices to guide the listener through a psycho-geographic trip of one’s sub-continental heritage, written for and manipulated from Indian electronic instruments, harmonium and percussion as well as field sounds recorded in southern India and Bangladesh

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group
Sunday 12 March 2017

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group

11:45AM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Cedars of Lebanon Folkloric Group promotes multiculturalism by encouraging all to get involved in their performances. Members vary in age and backgrounds, which further enforces the cultural diversity present in Australia

Kiko - Parramasala Mascot
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kiko – Parramasala Mascot

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Theatre

Ceramic artist Vipoo Srivilasa worked closely with Parramasala to create the mascot which was produced by The Inflatable Events Company. The inflatable is lit from within and will glow at night.

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adorned – Wisdom, Memory & Song

12:00PM Raffertys Theatre – Riverside Theatre

Adorned – wisdom, memory and song is a video installation featuring collaborative performances and handmade wearables by a diverse community of Western Sydney artists and makers.

Dharmesh Rangparia - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Dharmesh Rangparia – Cooking Demonstration

12:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Dharmesh is the Head Chef and Owner of Chatkazz in Harris Park, serving freshly made, Indian Street Food. “Food is our passion and at Chatkazz, we believe in creating the ‘Indian experience with the best Indian Street Food and Farsan’, which will re-kindle your memories of home. And even if you haven’t been to India, come and join us to experience how delicious Indian street food is!”

Parramasala Pantry
Sunday 12 March 2017

Parramasala Pantry

12:00PM Riverside Theatre Courtyard

Riverside Theatre courtyard will come alive as our celebrity and guest chefs perform live cooking demonstrations that will tantalize the tastebuds and fill the room with the aromas of freshly cooked meals from around the world!

Cinema Thali
Sunday 12 March 2017

Cinema Thali

12:00PM Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres

Cinema Thali film festival will return to Parramasala in 2017! Join us for a celebration of South Asian cinema at Cinema Thali in Lennox Theatre March 10th and 11th! The festival showcases films from around the world and is not to be missed! Cinema Thali is presented by SBS. Read more for films and times

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators
Sunday 12 March 2017

Duke Dreamer & The Aviators

12:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Expect death defying circus, bizarre illusion, and kooky off-the-cuff comedy…and expect Duke Dreamer to light his bum on fire.

Protitee
Sunday 12 March 2017

Protitee

12:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Protitee’s 18-member choir will present folk songs of the well renowned poets, Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul and Salil Chaudhury.

AAPES Parkour
Sunday 12 March 2017

AAPES Parkour

12:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

You’ll find AAPES Parkour junior staff roaming around the Parramatta River Foreshore performing tricks and stunts that will take your breath away!

Leela Samson + Spanda - Lecture Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Leela Samson + Spanda – Lecture Demonstration

12:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Interntionally acclaimed, Leela Samson and Spanda Dance Company present a lecture demonstration on Indian Classical Dance!

Prophets
Sunday 12 March 2017

Prophets

1:00PM Parramatta River Foreshore

The spectacularly masked band Prophets (SYD/MEL) are known for their unique approach to group improvisation, ‘stylefree’ grooves and polyphonic sounds, featuring heaps of saxophones, drums, percussion, self-made instruments and DIY masks. Since starting as a quartet in 2007, Prophets has become a community of more than 10 artists with each member highly respected in their own right.

Adnan Baraké
Sunday 12 March 2017

Adnan Baraké

1:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Syrian composer and oud-player Adnan Baraké; draws on both middle-eastern and western influences in search of a unique musical voice.

Kween G
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kween G

1:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Renowned for potent content, Kween G delivers dynamic style as an MC, performer and Hip Hop artist. Kween G makes music that excites, entertains, and enlightens her listeners – often described as “consciousness-raising”.

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa
Sunday 12 March 2017

Workshop – Vipoo Sriviliasa

1:30PM Prince Alfred Square

Come and take part in a fun workshop presented by artist Vipoo Srivilasa, creator of Kiko our Parramasala Mascot!

Maharshi Raval
Sunday 12 March 2017

Maharshi Raval

1:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

An open workshop of rhythmic work by Maharshi Raval on Indian Dhol.

Chinese Wisteria Dancing
Sunday 12 March 2017

Chinese Wisteria Dancing

2:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Chinese Wisteria dances and performances portray the diversity of cultural elements amongst the Chinese national minorities, revealing the delicacy as well as the rusticity of Chinese folk dances.  It will guide the audience into the snowy lands, great desert regions, mountains and villages.  It will trigger the imagination; provide an appreciation of Chinese history and culture, adding enjoyment in the charm of Chinese folk customs.

The Three Seas
Sunday 12 March 2017

The Three Seas

2:30PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Three Seas combine elements of Indian folk music with a western style of song form in a band full of engaging performers from India and Australia. Listeners can expect a soulful, song-based repertoire with a diverse array of voices and unusual instruments…no Tabla’s or Sitar’s here.

Ajoy Joshi
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ajoy Joshi

2:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Ajoy will be cooking up a storm during his cooking demonstration with classics from Indian cuisine, but with a twist! “My aim is not to alter but add a bit of myself to the dish which is cooked with all the FURSAT & MOHABBAT!!”

Chinese Folk Song & Dance Sydney Troupe
Sunday 12 March 2017

Chinese Folk Song & Dance Sydney Troupe

3:00PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Chinese Folk Song & Dance Troupe present Chinese ethnic song and dance in Sydney. At Parramasala they will present six dances.

Maharshi Raval
Sunday 12 March 2017

Maharshi Raval

3:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Tabla player, Maharshi Raval has developed an international reputation in the world of professional percussionists. His Institute of Tabla – Shree Gajanan Cultural Mission has been introducing students to the world of rhythms since 2006.

Sankha Ridma
Sunday 12 March 2017

Sankha Ridma

3:30PM Parramatta River Foreshore

Since 2000 The Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble has performed professionally promoting the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka.

Lucky African Dance & Drum
Sunday 12 March 2017

Lucky African Dance & Drum

3:45PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Lucky African Drum and Dance brings together master musicians and dancers from all over West Africa to provide a unique and engaging performances that draw on many cultures and art forms.

Kapture
Sunday 12 March 2017

Kapture

3:45PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Five of Australia’s leading jazz and Indian musicians present KAPTURE, a moving musical tribute to South African freedom fighter, Ahmed Kathrada (Nelson Mandela’s cell mate), as recorded on their acclaimed Rufus Records CD.

Nicole Spehar - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Nicole Spehar – Cooking Demonstration

4:00PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Former My Kitchen Rules contestant, Nikki, will be cooking up some of her favourite Croatian Cuisine in the Parramasala Pantry. Nikki will be showcasing one of her favourite dishes Chevapi, a tasty traditional Balkan skinless sausage usually served with homemade thick bread rolls (lepinje), a vegetable relish (ajvar) and onion.

Sankha Ridma
Sunday 12 March 2017

Sankha Ridma

4:30PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Since 2000 The Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble has performed professionally promoting the exotic traditional dances of Sri Lanka.

Khyaal
Sunday 12 March 2017

Khyaal

4:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Musical duo, Manbir Singh (Vocalist) and Inderpreet Singh Minhas (Vocalist), bring you the Indian Classical traditions of the Kasur Patiala Gharana, a musical school founded by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The young duo is currently under the tutelage of Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya who is based in Kolkata, India.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents
Sunday 12 March 2017

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

5:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

In a soundscape where so many groups look and sound the same, Mai Khoi and the Dissidents offer something you have never heard before.

Mai Khoi & the Dissidents is a cathartic venting born out of creative protest. Effectively banned from performing in Vietnam, the defiant Hanoi-based experimental group is as bold sonically as they are politically. Weaving eastern woodwinds through western brass layered over dissonant guitar, with Mai Khoi’s voice instantly recognisable for its angelic qualities.

Crossing Paths - Kathak & Flamenco Dance
Sunday 12 March 2017

Crossing Paths – Kathak & Flamenco Dance

5:15PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Kathak and flamenco are believed to have common origins which can be seen in the similarity in their technique and the percussive footwork. Ruchi Sanghi Dance Company and Peña Flamenca will present a collaboration between the two artforms

Enzo & Vincenzo - Cooking Demonstration
Sunday 12 March 2017

Enzo & Vincenzo – Cooking Demonstration

5:30PM Parramasala Pantry – Riverside Courtyard

Watch Enzo & Vincenzo cook up their traditional Italian cuisine. Enzo & Vincenzo will be showing you all the tips and tricks that they learnt from their Nonna’s along the way.

Western Sydney Story
Sunday 12 March 2017

Western Sydney Story

5:45PM Dance Stage – Prince Alfred Square

The Western Sydney Migrant Story showcases the cultural dances, rhythms, music and costumes of people from all five continents of the world.

Ramayana – The Lord of the Ring
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ramayana – The Lord of the Ring

6:15PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

A new commissioned work for Parramasala 2017, this production is a unique Indian/Balinese cultural collaboration.  With a cast of 50 local and international artists, 20 Gammelan and South Indian Classical musicians; 30 Kecak, Bharathanatyam and Indonesian dancers, the production will be a visually colourful musical dance drama depicting the epic story common to both cultures in Ramayana drama– The Lord of the Ring.

Ross Daly Trio
Sunday 12 March 2017

Ross Daly Trio

8:00PM The Lennox Stage – Prince Alfred Square

Ross Daly, an Irish musician who lives in Crete, encompasses in his singular musical language all the musical traditions of the East – from India, through Persia to Turkey and Greece – and focuses on the Cretan lyra, an instrument that is a close relative of the kemence.


Dr Yadu Singh

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INDIA DAY 2016 was a huge success

31st Aug, 2016

Sydney, NSW

INDIA DAY Fair, organised by Federation of INDIAN Associations of NSW Inc (FIAN) at the Parade Ground, Old King’s School, Parramatta on Sunday, 14 August, 2016 was a huge success. FIAN is a umbrella organisation of multiple Indian Community Associations in Sydney.

Approximately 10,000 people attended the Fair throughout the day from 12 midday to 7pm.

Over 60 stalls involving food, businesses, sports and community groups including an NSW  Government department, in addition to kids’ rides and a spectacular firework at the end of the event were part of the Fair.

Entertainment programme was truly top class, and multicultural. Shiamak Davar Group delivered a spectacular segment of entertainment, but other segments including Pacific Islanders’ group, Belly dances and Flamenco dances were no  less mesmerising.

No wonder that the INDIA DAY was covered by SBS TV news, Chanel 7 News and SBS Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil Radio programmes. Indian community media were present there with full strength.

Political leaders  saw it fit and worthwhile to show their presence in the event. They included;

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Federal Minister for International Development and the Pacific

Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

John Alexander, Federal MP For Bennelong

Mr Craig Kelly, Federal MP for Hughes

The Hon John Ajaka, NSW Minister for for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, and minister for Multiculturalism

The Hon David Clarke, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Justice

The Hon. Geoff Lee MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury

Julie Owen, Federal MP for Parramatta, Representing The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Federal Leader of Opposition

The Hon Michelle Rowland, MP, Shadow Minister for Communications

The Hon. Jody Mckay MP, NSW Shadow Minister for Justice & Police and representing NSW Leader of Opposition

The Hon. Sophie COTSIS, MLC  NSW Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Shadow Minister for Disability Services

Mr Hugh Mcdermott, MP, State Member for Prospect

DR Harry Harinath, Chairman, Multicultural NSW

Mr B Vanlalvawna, Consul General of INDIA, Sydney

Clr Dr Michelle Byrne, The Hills Shire Mayor

Mr Raj Datta, Coulcillor Strathfield Council

Clr Gurdeep Singh, Deputy Mayor Hornsby Shire Council

Ms Amanda Chadwick, Administrator,  City of Parramatta

Prof Frank Zumbo, Chief of Staff with Craig Kelly MP for Hughes and a friend of our community

Dr Eman Sharobeem Dr. Eman Sharobeem, National Community Engagement Manager

FIAN was pleased and grateful for the generous support from so many sponsors. It is a big credit to the team that they were able to organise this type of huge sponsorship support.

  • Parramatta Council for being the major sponsor
  • Indian Australian Association of NSW (INDAUS) a member of FIAN and a major sponsor
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • Castle Group
  • Western Union
  • Bathla Group
  • Square Yards
  • Fly4Less Travel, Harris Park
  • Indian Link Media Group
  • Air India Australia
  • Incredible India, India Tourism Australia
  • Central Equity
  • State Bank of India
  • Bank of Baroda
  • Sharmas Kitchen
  • Union Bank of India
  • Atlas Consultants Melbourne
  • Patel Brothers Group
  • ABC Print Shop
  • Maya Da Dhaba
  • MultiConnexions
  • Cricket Australia
  • Macquari Bank
  • Shiv Saini of Milan Bazar, Seven Hills
  • Mahesh Raj of Go Cool, Harris Park

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In addition to Parramatta and Blacktown newspapers, INDIA DAY had the support of following media houses;

  • SBS Radio programmes
  • Arti Banga Desi Media for ever so willing and continuous support
  • Pawan and Rajni Luthra, Indian Link for many things including being a sponsor, promotion
  • Jugandeep Jawaharwala, Pardesh Express
  • Harpreet Singh, Punjab Times
  • Rajwant Singh, Punjab Express
  • Prakash and Sneh Chandra, Navtarang Media
  • Ram Khatry, SouthAsia.com.au
  • Santosh Naga, Editor Indiansite
  • Ashok Kumar, The Indian Subcontinent Times
  • Mr MP Singh SBS Punjabi
  • Mr Sham Kumar, Punjabi Radio
  • Mr Vikram and Jagat Sharma, Voice of India
  • Inder Magar, The Indian Telegraph
  • Indian Down Under
  • Fiji Times
  • Divya Gujarat

INDIA DAY Fair has now become a key event of multicultural community in Western Sydney. The team has a track record of delivering top class event of this nature. The team clearly has the clout and goodwill in the community and is able to generate sponsorship and support from all relevant groups and businesses.

Here are a few pics.

 

Events like INDIA DAY require a lot of work and can not be done without a fantastic team. Everyone in the team deserves a “thank you”, but special “thank you” is reserved for Satish Bhadranna, secretary, Kumar Madappa, vice president and John Niven, Fair director.

Dr Yadu SIngh

President, Federation of Indian Associations of NSW Inc

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