the streets of Parramatta will be transformed. If you ever wanted to visit India, without hopping on a plane, here is your chance. Parramatta’s central thoroughfare will be transformed into a living canvas full of light, sound, colour, flavour and fragrance that will delight and inspire. From late afternoon each day, a rich program of dance and music from local community and international artists can be seen on the outdoor stage as well as at Mars Hill Cafe.
experience the fun and free entertainment
Continuing on the Masterchef theme, the Masala Nights Market will be launched on Thursday night by MasterChef’s Jimmy Seervai. Come and get some Cheese Nan and Somosa’s as you dine along Church Street – there will delicious treats from Sri Lanka, Nepal and India, including freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and authentically brewed masala tea. This will definitely be Parramatta at its spiciest.
Fun bits to look out for:
- Free performances on the outdoor stages will include the world renowned Australian duo, Dva
- A beautiful roving elephant puppet created by Erth
- Traditional caste musicians from the Indian state of Rajasthan
- A wide range of local South Asian dance and music artists including tabla and sitar musicians Yama Sarshar and his father Ustad, classical Hindi singer Archna Goswmani, Ruchi Sanghi Dance Company, Sankha Ridman Dance Ensemble, Thrayee School of Dance and many more.
Each year the festival is celebrated on New Moon day of the Hindu month of Karthik.
Deepavali started as a celebration of when Lord Ram returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. His people lit earthen lamps to welcome him home in the dark night of the new moon. Literally translated from Sanskrit as String of Lamps, Deepavali continues to this day as a festival of joy and celebration where sweets, gifts, fireworks and illumination always play a major role. I can’t wait to check it out!
Fun bits to look out for:
- Come along and enjoy delicious food stalls, decorated Indian Bazaar, jewellery and gift stalls, music and dance performances, Indian henna and tattoo demonstrations, face painting, puppet shows, and unique displays of Indian floor decoration.
- The parade of the 40-foot high Raavan effigy, complete with pyrotechnic effects and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at the end of the day.
- Attend our free 20×20 Cricket Match at Old Kings Oval, and then spend the rest of day at Deepavali, before catching an evening show at Riverside Theatres, presented by the Hindu Council of Australia