A Spicy Celebration of Cultures
Featuring India Tourism Week
Friday 23 October – Sunday 25 October 2015
Parramatta & Harris Park
Music, dance, film and flavours came together once again in a celebration of cultures at Parramasala 2015. With over 30,000 in attendance during the three day multicultural festival, there was a whole world of free events to explore in the centre of Greater Sydney.
Parramasala also presented the inaugural India Tourism Week, with the India Tourism Pavillion showcasing performer workshops and a Chai Tea Stall – meet the artists provided a great opportunity for the audience to learn about their cultures and find out more about dance movements.
The Friday Night Opening Street Parade in Parramatta brought together 35 different nationalities with everyone moving to the groove of “Mida Wawasi (Welcome)”.
Saturday morning we eased into the weekend with yoga, chanting and breakfast at Morning Masala Markets. On Saturday night, the ladies took over the stage for Masala Divas at Parramatta with performers including Baby et Lulu and Sirens Big Band. The Flavours of the World Spice Market at Harris Park rapped to Curry Puff Daddy’s hip-hop heat on stage.
We unwound on Sunday afternoon by wandering the Masala Markets, watching cooking demonstrations, learning about spice gardens, watching rice art take shape, participating in a Bollywood dance flash mob and enjoying the sounds of Africa to India and everywhere in between. A celebration of South Asian cinema from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia was an absolute sell out at Cinema Thali in Raffertys Theatre. The photography exhibition Adorned staged in the foyer of Riverside Theatres featured photographs by Liam Benson in partnership with Parramatta Artist Studios and the WeAve Project. The exhibit brought together women from across Parramatta’s diverse cultural community through creative workshops.
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