Parramasala Parade, Friday, March 10, 2017

Sydney, March, 10, 2017

It was a matter of privilege and pride to be invited as a guest for the launch/inauguration  of Parramasala 2017 at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, Friday, 10 March, 2017.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams and Chair of Parramasala Board, Dr Harry Harinath, along with others were present.

The parade with contingents from more than 50 cultural and other groups was the highlight of the evening.

Premier Berejiklian and Minister Williams were, as usual, the charming and graceful hosts for the event.

Thank you, NSW Government, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and City of Parramatta Council for your ongoing support and funding for Parramasala.

Parramasala events will continue this weekend (Saturday 11 March and Sunday 12 March).

Go, visit and enjoy Parramasala 2017.

My previous post on Parramasala is here. https://yadusingh.com/2017/03/08/parramasala-2017-the-festival-of-cultures-and-diversity-10-12-march/

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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.


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Parramasala: politics and beyond

Sydney, 8th October, 2014

Parramasala is a key festival, organised by the NSW Government. Held in Parramatta, the heart of Western Sydney, it is in its fifth year. Starting out as an Australian festival of South Asian arts and culture, it is now very multicultural. Performances include those from the cultures of South America, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East and Europe, besides the Indian subcontinent.

According to the Parramasala organisers, 44 per cent of the performances are from the Indian subcontinent backgrounds, and 36 per cent of these are from India, while the other 56 per cent are from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds. There are more than 20 nationalities and cultures represented at Parramasala 2014. Importantly, 96 per cent of the Parramasala performances are free events, which is impressive and commendable.

While Parramatta precincts, especially Prince Alfred Park and Riverside Theatre, will continue to be the centre of the festival, Harris Park, the Little India of Sydney, will be included for the first time. Harris Park Bollywood Block “Curry On” party on Saturday, 18 October, will have a parade, cultural performances from a stage in the roundabout of Wigram and Marion Streets, and food carts, serving delicacies by popular restaurants of Harris Park. This should definitely be an added attraction for those attending Parramasala.

The Parramasala board is ably chaired by Dr Harry Harinath and steered by Di Henry, an internationally renowned producer and director of events, exhibitions, operations, media campaigns and marketing. It is in able and competent hands, and can’t go wrong.

Looking at the program list, one cannot but admire the variety and quality. Whether you like street parades, Bollywood performances, Indian cultural dances, comedy, Flamenco dances, Belly dances, Kurdish music, African performances or Pacific Island dances, Parramasala has it all. Really, what more can one ask for from a festival?
Shiamak Davar group will be performing, and a Qawwali event is included too. Popular drama “Kanjoos” (Miser), directed by talented Saba Zaidi Abdi is part of it too.

The South Asian Film component will showcase talent from South Asian film professionals.

It is clear that Parramasala 2014 is bigger and definitely better than before.

Organized by Destination NSW, and Partnered by Parramatta Council, Parramasala is destined to achieve its due place in the cultural calendar of NSW.

That Parramasala is an important event for the Indian sub-continent community was evidenced by some social media commentary about who was invited and who was not invited for the launch of Parramasala at Harris Park on 27 August, 2014.
Its importance was further established when two Indian community newspapers had a debate over the festival. I don’t intend to comment about any controversy, nor do I want to take sides in a slanging match.

I will, however, say this: Parramasala is essentially a Govt of NSW event, supported by the Parramatta Council. They do have the right to select the board and the program director. They are the ones who have the rightful authority to organise it the way they want to do it. Parramasala is neither a pure nor an exclusively Indian sub-continental event. It is much beyond that, and it must stay that way.

While it is always important to be inclusive and consult as many stake-holders and interested parties as possible, it is never going to be possible to consult everyone who might consider themselves stake-holders. In any case the Parramasala board is accessible to all who wish to be heard; we can write to them or call them with our suggestions and feedback.

Similarly, it is never going to be possible to invite everyone for any event. Parramasala is no exception. Parramasala cannot invite every single South Asian business in Sydney (there are reportedly thousands of South Asian businesses); nor is it practical for all the community groups and associations to be invited for key events. We need to be pragmatic and realistic.

We need to see the bigger picture.

If I have to say anything more on it, I will say that Parramasala Board should make a list of people it should consult and a list of people it should invite for key events. This list should be based on some objective parameters, not the “liking” or “disliking” of some of the people who are associated with Parramasala. Networking ability and reach in the community should probably be part of such parameters. I could not quite understand why talented film professional Ana Tiwary was not invited. After all, Ana works with ABC, and in fact her acclaimed documentary on Indian students was screened in Parramasala last year. There is definitely scope for fine-tuning the networking and invitation lists for any Govt-assisted or organised event, using objective criterion.

Parramasala was initially launched by NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, in 2010, soon after the Indian student issue had made headlines in India and Australia, and just a few months before the NSW state election in March 2011. It attracted a lot of attention, especially from the Indian sub-continental communities. The media too covered it prominently. There was, however, some uncertainty about its continuation last year, until the NSW Govt finally decided to continue funding it. In fact, the launch of Parramasala last year was quite disorganised, and even the Parramatta Mayor, John Chedid, was not in the loop, solely due to politics of people who pulled strings in the previous NSW Govt. John Chedid has been a strong supporter of Parramasala in general, and a strong protagonist in taking part of Parramasala to Harris Park. I might add here that most of the members from the Parramatta Mayor’s advisory committee (myself included) on Parramasala were not even aware of the launch last year. “Favoritism” was the only criterion for last year’s launch invitations. It was childish, and not a smart move by any means.

Parramasala, which started out as a festival of South Asian arts and culture as its focus, has now become a truly multicultural event. Even though it is not a necessarily bad move, I believe South Asia must continue to be its focus. I suggest that efforts must be made to have at least 60 per cent of the performances from South Asian background.

Parramasala has all the ingredients of a truly popular festival in a successful multicultural state like NSW, if we all work together. Taking the cue from what Prime Minister Tony Abbott said recently, we all need to be part of “Team NSW for Parramasala” led by the Premier and Chair of Board of Parramasala. “Team NSW for Parramasala” obviously will include NSW Govt led by Premier Mike Baird, Destination NSW, Community Relations Commission, Indian sub-continent communities and sub-continental media.

May I also suggest to members of the Indian sub-continent community and the media to not worry about what Parramasala is giving them personally, but ask what they are giving to Parramasala to make it the most successful event this year and beyond?

If I were running Parramasala, or had the ears of Parramasala Board, and they were listening to me, I will do everything to ask as many people of the Indian sub-continent community and the media, and supporters of multiculturalism in NSW, to join the campaign to not only promote it through their social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but also to make sure they attend the event from 17-19 October, 2014.

The Parramasala logo will be in my profile picture on Facebook and Twitter, starting 10 October. I urge everyone in my network, and in my friends’ network, to do something similar to get the word out.

Parramasala is a festival for me, my family and friends, and I, like them, will be attending, and promoting, it with enthusiasm.

Published in Indian Sun news magazine http://www.theindiansun.com.au/parramasala-2014-politics-and-beyond/

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Dr Yadu Singh is a Sydney based cardiologist and the President of Indian Australian Association of NSW. He is an active member of the community. He is also active in social media and writes regularly in his Blog http://www.yadusingh.wordpress.com More details of Parramasala: http://www.parramasala.com

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Parramasala, The Australian Festival of South Asian arts, is a milestone in multicultural NSW!

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Parramasala, the Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, was initiated by Premier Kristina Keneally, then Premier of NSW, in 2010. It was held in 2011 and 2012 too. I and my friends have enjoyed it every year. Thousands of people from all backgrounds have enjoyed it too.

There are some question marks over whether it will continue in 2013 and beyond .

The budget of the festival is approx $1.5 millions, out of which approx $300,000 is contributed by Parramatta Council.

I attended a meeting, called by Parramatta Mayor recently. There was a discussion regarding the direction Parramasala should be taking from now on.

There was a discussion regarding whether one segment of Parramasala should happen in the neighbouring Harris Park suburb where there are many businesses from Indian/South Asian community.

There was a discussion whether “Curry & Spice festival”, focused on Harris Park should be included in the Parramasala.

There was a discussion regarding what Parramatta Council should do to get Harris Park included in Parramasala event. There was also a discussion regarding what Parramatta Council should do if Parramasala does not include Harris Park in the event.

After this meeting, we, the members of the community and businesses from Harris Park, had some further discussions among ourselves. I had some further discussions with many people on this.

This is what people think/feel about Parramasala and related events:

1. Parramasala is a significant event for NSW and South Asian communities.

2. Parramasala should continue to happen in 2013 and beyond.

3. Parramatta Council should continue to be a partner in Parramasala, contribute its share of money and should have a significant role in organising the event.

4. It will be nice if Harris Park event-Curry & Spice festival- is a part of Parramasala.

5. Parramasala should still continue to be held, even if Harris Park event-Curry & Spice festival- is not a part of Parramasala.

6. If Harris Park event-Curry & Spice festival- is not a part of Parramasala, it should still be organised and it should happen separately. Money aspect for Harris Park event should be worked on separately and should not be mixed or confused with anything to do with Parramasala. Contribution in advertisement and other related costs should be based on some fair formula. Contribution share based on number of seats in the restaurants is one such formula. Non-food businesses need to be involved in the festival and their contribution will need to be reasonable and fair.

7. Harris Park event- Curry & Spice festival- should be organised with participation from local businesses, community reps and Parramatta Council, as it is not only about local businesses.

Parramasala Board should have only those people who have vision, ability and capacity to organise an event of this nature. This is important to help this event grow , make the event more popular and have bigger participation of not only South Asian communities, but also general community. This has not happened and this needs to be reviewed why it has not happened.

Nomination of  people in Boards of events of this nature should be guided by quality and ability, in addition to vision of such people, not who the Govt leaders like even if such members do not have the required quality and ability.

Parramasala Board should be reviewed and reconstituted. Details of the festival:www.parramasala.com

Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/15th March, 2013
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Parramasala:My Channel 9 news interview on this festival of Indian and South Asian culture in Parramatta.

http://tinyurl.com/ydontck  [Courtesy Channel 9 Australia] My interview on Channel 9 Australia News.

http://tinyurl.com/y9g23l6  [Premier’s Press Release]

NSW Premier Kristina Keneally announced a week long  festival of Indian and South asian culture in Nov, 2010. This would be held in Parramatta, Western Sydney, NSW.

It would a fun festival and will show case the arts and culture from India and South Asia. It would include Bollywood songs/dances which of course have become very popular  after Slum Dog Millionaire movie and Jai Ho song by A R Rahman.

Yadu Singh/Sydney/6th Jan, 2010