Spice up your life, Parramasala is returning to Parramatta

Parramasala Parramatta South Asian Festival

Parramasala Parramatta South Asian Festival

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By Parramatta City Council

Parramatta will be transformed into a vibrant, colourful centre of high quality international arts celebrating South Asian culture when Parramasala returns for its second year, with a bigger and more diverse program to be held from 30 October to 6 November 2011.

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid, together with the Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell, launched the Parramasala program today at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

Cr John Chedid said that a festival such as Parramasala provided an opportunity to showcase everything that makes our City so great.

“Whether it’s our iconic river foreshore and busy Church Street marketplace or our Riverside Theatres, Parramatta has all the elements needed to put on a good show,” Cr Chedid said.

“Following the festival’s success in its inaugural year, we once again look forward to hosting this wonderful event and showcasing many facets of South Asian culture and with an expanded eight-day program, we can expect even more visitors,” Cr Chedid said.

“The diversity of our city, reflected in an amazing assortment of languages, cuisines and cultural displays, makes it an ideal destination for visitors and an appropriate place to stage a major festival like Parramasala.”

“Parramasala also allows us to recognise the important contribution South Asian cultures make to our City and for our residents and visitors to celebrate as one,” Cr Chedid said.

The international festival will include a diverse program that reflects South Asian art and culture, expressed through music, film, dance, theatre, performance, visual arts and community participation, drawing artists from Bangladesh, France, India, Sri Lanka, Germany, USA, Malaysia, Australia and further afield.

This year, there will be two central entertainment areas, which will come alive with stages, stalls and performance venues, including the Town Hall and St John’s Cathedral square, the Riverside Theatres and Parramatta River.

The festival will also see the return of a bustling street marketplace filled with an array of market stalls and live entertainment.

Parramasala Artistic Director, Philip Rolfe, said the festival is set to be bigger and more diverse than the inaugural festival.

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