Parramasala to be held from October 23 to October 25, 2015

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Di Henry, Festival Director of Parramsala

The popular multicultural festival Parramasala will return to Parramatta for a sixth year after a funding agreement was reached with the NSW Government.

Parramatta City Council will provide funding of $200,000, which is in addition to a $400,000 commitment from the State Government and corporate sponsorship in excess of $100,000.

Parramasala 2015 will feature as a signature event for the launch of Indian Tourism Week in NSW under the banner of Incredible India.

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“Parramasala is a vibrant and positive festival that brings people of all cultures together. It has become a hugely popular event in Parramatta, drawing in thousands of visitors each year, and we are thrilled that it will return for 2015,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Scott Lloyd said.

“The funding arrangements are of a similar scale to last year’s event, which means the festival’s format will largely remain unchanged and the popular Harris Park component will return.”

The festival, which will be held from 23 October to 25 October, celebrates Indian and South Asian cultures but in recent years has taken on a multicultural flavour. Highlights of the 2015 Festival will include an opening colourful street parade through the Parramatta CBD, the Parramasala festival hub in Prince Alfred Square and the Harris Street ”˜block party’ on Saturday 24 October.

Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka said that this year’s festival will be celebrated in conjunction with the inaugural Indian Tourism Week, which was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Australia last year.

“Now in its sixth year, this year’s event will place greater emphasis on everything we love about India ”“ its customs, cuisines and colours ”“ in one jam-packed weekend,” Mr Ajaka said.

Parramasala Chairman Dr G.K Harinath said he was thrilled that the Government and Parramatta City Council are continuing to support Parramasala this year.

“Parramasala explores and celebrates the rich social fabric of Sydney and has grown to be the best multicultural festival in Australia,” Dr Harinath said.

Festival Director Di Henry said she is looking forward to staging another successful Parramasala Festival in Parramatta and Harris Park.

“Following on from the success of the format of Parramasala in 2014 we are planning more surprises and will work with the wonderful artists and performers of Western Sydney to showcase the diversity and talent of this exciting part of Sydney,” Ms Henry said.



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