Festival Girl Up Coming Event: Parramasala | Australian Festival of South Asian Arts

The time is coming to head down to Parramatta for the first annual Australian Festival of South Asian Arts Parramasala. Commencing Across the first weekend of November, the city of Parramatta will be welcoming the vibrant celebration of talented artisans engaging in the traditions and innovations in South Asian arts. 

Running over a few days, there is plenty of time to organise an an hour, afternoon, a whole day to this exciting event. A lot of organsiation and planning has gone into the event and definetly looks like the place to be over November. The Day By Day Parramasala Festival Guide, allows you to plan your day accordingly –  whether it be experiencing dance, music performances, visiting the theatre, talks with cultural professionals and the most visually entertaining way to experiecne a culture and its traditions.

Festival Girl is excited about:

Masala Nights

Want to know what happens when Church Street gets a Masala Makeover? Over this time, 

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

 I met Poh from MasterChef yesterday at her Dymocks Book signing where I of course bought her book and got it signed. I was so star struck, all I could manage to mutter was ‘your book is nice’…. Sigh

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.
On Saturday, the regular Town Hall Square Farmers Market will spill over into Church Street with a South Asian twist of flavours.  
Make Masala Nights on Church Street the place to start your Parramasala experience before heading off on a short walk to see a fantastic ticketed performance at any one of the festival venues across the city.

Deepavali Fair 2010

There is nothing I love more than seeing a culture and its tradition celebrate and come to the people. The Deepavali Fair happens to cooincide with Parramasala this year, one of the most significant annual festive occasions for people of Indian origin all over the world. The Festival of Lights will be celebrated with the Deepavali Fair at Parramatta Stadium
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
Parramasala Event Details:


2 – 8 November 2010
Till 10:30PM


Various Locations 


Free – POA
Check out the official site for more specifics for dates and venues

Festival Girl Up Coming Events: Magnolia Square November 2010 | The Oaks Marquee Randwick Racecourse Alison Road, Sydney

After travelling much of the Australian landscape, Magnolia Square is coming back to Sydney in November. Magnolia Square is a curated market place showing the best in fashion and design, homeware, paper goods, craft, food and things for children

Some of my fav retailers will be at the show:

Want to see who else will be there? Click Here for a list of the all the retailers featured. Or check out the look book here for a preview of all the cuteness to come or check out the virtual tour from the show in VIC.

Event Details:


The Oaks Marquee
Randwick Racecourse
Alison Road, Sydney 

Friday 12th November 10am – 9pm
Saturday 13th November 10am – 5pm
Sunday 14th November 10am – 4pm

$5 (Includes Parking, kids free) 

Click Here to see what Festival Girl’s thought of the  Magnolia Square Sydney Show in June 2010 at The Oaks Marquee Randwick Racecourse. 

Don’t miss it! This is a truley unique pop up shopping experience for gorgeous wares

                                                           xxx Festival Girl

Festival Girl Rates: Art and About 2010 Review

…On my way to the Night Noodle Markets, I stumbled on Art and About: An artistic presence that resonates through Hyde Park. Infiltrating all aspects of Sydney life, Art and About has taken over laneways, parks, galleries and spaces across the city. I love when Art is about to enter the public space – there is something so interesting when a piece of Art is intriguing enough that even a yawning worker in the rut of their 9 to 5 working day and can escape for a second and experience Art and life from a different point of view.

Below are snaps of some of my favourite works of the day:

Jenny Templin, ‘Carmen, Elizabeth Street.’

Tom Williams, ‘ The Osman family’

Kelly-Ann, ‘Donna’

Beborah Clare / Veronica West, ‘Sydney Harbour Sunday’

Tamara Dean, ‘The Pack’

Paris Spellson, ‘Bondi Beach Local’

James Hill, ‘The Five Ways Theatre’

Lynn Smith, ‘Blue Man’

Ernest Fratczak, ‘Based on a True Story’

Geoff Harvey, ‘My Shed in St Peteres – A Self Portrait’

I also managed to stumble on the Sydney Statues Project, where historic Queen Victoria statue got a 21st century makeover, as artists and costume designers unleash their imaginations on the statue and make passsers by squint and ask, ‘is the Queen statue really wearing those colourful clothes?’

The official run-down for the Art and About Event for 2010:

Art and About 2010 Launch, Thu 23 Sep, 6-9pm, Hyde Park North.

Sydney Life, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Hyde Park.
Live Green House, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 26 Sep, Hyde Park.
Banner Gallery, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Around Sydney.
Sydney Statues Project, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Around Sydney.
The Bike Bike, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Martin Place.
Oh Alfred! Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Prince Alfred Park.
Camp Stonewall, Thu 23 Sep-Tue 1 Mar, Taylor Square.
Laneway Art: Are You Looking at Me? Thu 23 Sep-Mon 31 Jan, Around Sydney.
ArtPark, Fri 24 Sep-Sun 26 Sep, Hyde Park.

Some other events you might want to take a look at:

Primavera 2010, Thu 19 Aug-Sun 21 Nov, Museum of Contemporary Art.
In the Balance: Art for a Changing World, Thu 19 Aug-Sun 31 Oct, Museum of Contemporary Art.
Blake Prize 2010, Fri 3 Sep-Sat 2 Oct, National Art School.
Dream Home, Fri 3 Sep-Sat 9 Oct, Australian Centre for Photography.
Escapade, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Gaffa Gallery.
Romance, Thu 23 Sep-Sun 24 Oct, Forbes and Burton.
Pine Street’s Annual Students Exhibition Fri 24-Sat 2 Oct, Pine St Creative Arts Centre.
The 45th Annual Portia Geach Memorial Award, Fri 24 Sep-Tue 9 Nov, SH Ervin Gallery.
The Big Draw, Fri 24 Sep-Sat 25 Sep, National Art School.
Sydney Children’s Festival, Mon 27 Sep-Sat 9 oct, CarriageWorks.
Namatjira: The Next Generation, Tue 28 Sep-Sat 16 Oct, Birrung Gallery.
Open Weekend at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sat 2 Oct-Mon 4 Oct, Art Gallery of NSW.
Much Lead, Sat 2 Oct-Sun 10 Oct, Object Gallery.
We Craft This City, Sat 2 Oct-Mon 10 Oct, Object Gallery.
FBi’s Still Life 2010, Fri 8 Oct, Art Gallery of NSW.
The Engine Room, Fri 8 Oct, Object Gallery.
Streetscape Animation, Fri 8 Oct-Mon 18 Oct, Firsdraft.
The Imagine Festival 2010, Fri 8 Oct-Sun 10 Oct, Cleveland St Theatre.
Sydney ARI Tour, Sat 9 Oct, meeting location TBA.
Afghanistan: The Perils of Freedom, Fri 15 Oct-Sat 20 Nov, Australian Centre for Photography.
Nikon-Walkley Photographic Exhibition, Fri 15 Oct-Sat 30 Oct, Australian Centre for Photography.
START Studio Art Fest, Sat 16 Oct-Sun 17 Oct, Around Sydney.
The Hole Thing, Tue 19 Oct-Sun 24 Oct, TAP Gallery.
In Light of a Moon, Thu 21 Oct-Sat 23 Oct, Hyde Park North.

Although Art and About is over now, if you would like to see more abuot the artists or their works, take a look here.