Prepare to run free in a rich playground of cultural wonder, as Parramasala returns to Parramatta from 15 - 17 March 2019. The Festival promises to take things to the next level with the biggest celebration of Sydney's vibrant cross-section of cultures yet: from South American to Middle Eastern, Indigenous Australian to South East Asian, and everything in between.
Every year, the massive three-day extravaganza sees over 35,000 Sydneysiders converging on the streets, laneways and parklands of Parramatta. The city will transform into a cornucopia of awe-inspiring experiences, including cutting-edge live music, vivid dance and theatre, a breathtaking parade of splendid colour, spectacular costumes, and beating rhythms.
The Festival will also ramp things up with a brand new bustling food precinct offering a culinary passport to a mouth-watering array of delectable delights, and a bar area to kick back with a drink as you soak up the best of what Parramatta has to offer.
"Parramasala shines a spotlight on the real people who make up the living, beating heart of this city. It's a warm invitation to revel in a kaleidoscope of cultures, from your next-door neighbours across greater Sydney and New South Wales," said Festival Director Paul Osborne.
"There's nothing quite like Parramasala - a spectacular celebration of the success story of Western Sydney, it's extraordinary multicultural identity and its continuing growth as an economic and social hub. There will be tens of thousands of people who flock to Parramatta in March to experience the best local and international acts from all corners of the world," said NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams.
"The City of Parramatta prides itself on its rich diversity of people and cultures, and Parramasala is a fantastic example of this. The festival provides a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and share their cultural customs and traditions, while also learning about, and celebrating, those of their neighbours," said City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson.
WHEN: Friday 15 March – Sunday 17 March, 2019
WHERE: Various locations around Parramatta - TBA