We are all about diversity and inclusivity here at h&h. So, you can imagine how excited we are that our nearest neighbouring town, Parramatta, is hosting a three-day celebration of diversity!!
The feast of flavours, colours and culture will transform Parramatta into a vibrant cultural wonderland and is indeed one of the largest celebrations of cultural diversity in NSW.
It will welcome over 35,000 Sydneysiders to Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square and its surrounds, and the city will transform into a bounty of beautiful experiences. There will be global live music, vivid dance and theatre and a spectacular parade of colour, costumes, and rhythms.
PARTIES AND PERFORMANCES
The iconic Welcome Parade is on March 13 and will feature over 600 performers, drummers and musicians.
The 10th Birthday party, which will celebrate Parramasala’s South Asian origins, is also on March 13. The party will feature Grammy Award winning party band, Los Amigos Invisibles.
The World Dance Congress will share cultures through costume, colour and movement, including rhythms of Indian Bharatanatyam to African street dance, Middle Eastern belly dancing and traditional Indigenous dance.
At sunset on March 14, the festival comes alight with Masala Nights, a cocktail of dance cultures from the Pacific, Asia, and the Middle East.
The visual arts spanning the three days will include immerisve presentations from Parramatta Artist Studios that will take you across the four corners of the world!
All You Can Eat
The Long Table Brunch – I Will Eat With You, is on On March 15, celebrating multiculturalism in an all-inclusive environment, where everyone has a place.
The International Food Village is cooking right throughout the festival and is your culinary passport to a taste of flavours from across the globe. Think: South Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and the Pacific.
Also on March 15, the International Aromas Festival will pair coffee, sweet treats, chocolate and market stalls, in celebration of how coffee is used in cultures across the globe - from cardamom-infused Turkish coffee brewed in a traditional ibrik to the spicy, aromatic warmth of chai, and beyond.
Masala World Movies is on from 12 – 14 March, with free screenings of brilliant world cinema on the lush banks of the Parramatta River foreshore by twilight.
Something for Kids
The Kids International Eco Village on 15 March is a world of surprise and wonder for children of all ages (even grown up ones). It’s the perfect opportunity for kids to explore, play and create with interactive workshops on cultural arts, family-friendly music and entertainment, catch incredible magic shows, eco-friendly activities and free face-painting, all while learning about how to care for our natural environment.
Kids can also discover their Chinese Zodiac sign at the Zodiac station. Get your face painted and truly become your Zodiac animal, taking cues from the giant animal lanterns, then join in the Parade of Creatures at 1pm – a procession of little dragons, monkeys, tigers and more.