Parramasala 2015 : A spicy celebration of cultures

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The much awaited Parramasala festival is back with a bang in 2015!

Music, dance, film and flavours come together in a celebration of cultures at Parramasala  2015 which will take place in Parramatta and Harris Park on Friday 23 October, Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October 2015.

There is  a whole world to explore at this free event in the centre of Greater Sydney. Parramasala 2015 presents a more diverse range of cultures than ever before, with more than 36 cultures and nationalities represented through dance, music, art, food and theatre. This year’s festival will also host the inaugural India Tourism Week with an India Tourism Pavilion in Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta and a Saturday morning program at Prince Alfred Square.

Parramasala will present the inaugural Tourism Week of India, with the India Tourism Pavillion showcasing performer workshops and Chai Tea Stall – meet performers, learn about their culture and find out more about the instruments and dance movements.

More than 600 people are expected to take part in the popular Opening Night Street Parade on Friday 23 October.

The Parade starts at Parramatta Town Hall, dances its way along Church Street and culminates in Prince Alfred Square where an Official Opening Ceremony and Concert will take place.

NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon John Ajaka MLC, and Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor Scott Lloyd, today officially launched the full event program for Parramasala 2015.

“ As a leading cultural celebration in NSW, Parramasala plays a vital role in bringing people and cultures together through a shared appreciation of music, food, dance, art and much more,” Minister Ajaka said

Parramasala has also specially commissioned ‘Fire and Earth’ by Sydhwaney Productions in association with eminent Western Sydney Indian classical dance schools.

Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd said Parramasala is a true highlight on the City’s event calendar and draws thousands of visitors every year.

“Parramasala is a vibrant, fun festival that celebrates the diversity of cultures we have here in Parramatta,” said Cr Lloyd.

“The event offers something for everyone from fantastic musical and dance performances, to delicious foods offering flavours from around the world. I encourage people to come and see what Parramasala has to offer.”

You can join the  Friday Opening Night Street Parade in Parramatta on October 23 and get into the groove with a crowd sing along of “Mida Wawasi (Welcome)”. Colombian dance band Cumbiamuffin gets the party started and your body moving later in the evening.

Ease into your weekend with yoga, chanting and breakfast at Morning Masala on Saturday from 8am.

On Saturday night, the ladies take over the stage for Masala Divas at Parramatta with performers including Baby et Lulu and Sirens Big Band, or you can join the Flavours of the World Spice Market at Harris Park where Curry Puff Daddy will add some hip-hop heat on stage.

Wind down on Sunday afternoon by wandering the Masala Markets, learning about spice gardens, watching rice art take shape, joining a Bollywood dance flash mob and enjoying the sounds of Africa to India and everywhere in between.

 

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