Royal Agricultural Society builds bond with Indian community

The New South Wales Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) is holding talks with Indian community leaders on the opening day of the Royal Easter Show as part of a push towards making its social and public activities more attractive to the residents of New South Wales.


Mr Peter King, RAS Chief Executive said gaining a closer relationship with the Indian community was a priority for the RAS, and that the not-for-profit organisation is seeking opinions on ways to evolve their events in line with the evolving group of new Australians.


“The face of New South Wales is changing rapidly and becoming more diverse and multicultural. We recognise the need to build mutual ties with the Indian community at both a formal and grassroots level,” said Mr King.


The Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia’s largest annual event, opened yesterday with organisers expecting close to 900,000 visitors to walk through the doors of Sydney Showground. The Easter Show boasts a line-up of daily and one-off activities, including the interactive farmyard animal nursery and competitions like woodchop and showjumping, rural demonstrations, gourmet food on display and the showbag pavilion.


The Sydney Royal Easter Show has been organised by the RAS since 1823, and continues its tradition as a place ”˜where city meets country’. The RAS say that this motto also applies to new migrants, who may be unfamiliar with some traditional Australian rural practices like sheep shearing and woodchopping.


RAS General Manager, Strategy and Marketing Karen Bolinger added: “We want to reach out and exchange ideas with the Indian community in Sydney to deliver a slice of Australian history and culture, to let them and their children see and experience what country Australia is like.”


The Easter Show runs until the 27th of April, including public holidays. For the latest up-to-date information, tickets and daily programs, see

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