Parramasala returns to Western Sydney

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NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today announced Parramasala would return to Parramatta in October 2014.

Mr Baird said the NSW Government was proud to support community events such as the Parramasala festival, which celebrate the contributions made by the State’s Indian and South Asian communities.

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“I’m pleased to announce Parramasala, the festival of music, dance and food, will return to Parramatta in Western Sydney this year,” Mr Baird said.

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“Parramatta is home to Australia’s most culturally diverse population, including the fast-growing Indian and South Asian communities, making it an ideal location to host Parramasala.

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Favorite of Indians  ‘Ganna juice’ being sold at last years’ Parramasala markets

“Events such as Parramasala highlight our diversity and encourage us to embrace and learn more about each other’s cultures and traditions.

“Parramasala reinforces Australia’s friendship with India and South Asia and demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to promoting harmony within our multicultural society,” Mr Baird said.

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Mr Dominello said   the annual Parramasala, now in its fifth year, gives expression to the vibrant culture of the State’s South Asian community of nearly 200,000 people.

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“Parramasala has become a popular event in Western Sydney that attracts in excess of 50,000 people each year,” Mr Dominello said.

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“This is more than a niche ethnic community festival ”“ it is a celebration designed for people from all backgrounds and its success demonstrates the social and economic value   of our diversity.

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“This year’s festival will kick off with a Street Parade and opening party, and will take place over three days from Friday 17 October to Sunday 19 October,” he said.

Further details about Parramasala will be announced later this month. For more information about the festival visit,

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Indian-born migrants were the third largest population group in Sydney (87,000 people in 2011 or 2.4% of Sydney’s total population).

Suburbs where Indian-born migrants were most densely concentrated tend to be situated in the wider Parramatta area including Harris Park (43%), Westmead (32%), and Parramatta (24%). Nearby suburbs of Wentworthville (19%), Girraween (17%), and Rosehill (16%) also had large proportions of their population born in India.

In the last decade, the proportion of the population of Harris Park born in India more than tripled from 14% to 43% (an increase from 500 to 2,000 Indian-born people between 2001 and 2011). In Westmead, the increase was even greater, from 7% in 2001 to 32% in 2011 (from 700 to 4,200 Indian-born people). These increases reflect the wider increase seen in the Indian-born population across Sydney (and Australia) during this period, with the proportion born in India growing from 1.0% to 2.4% of Sydney’s population between 2001 and 2011.

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