Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government unveil Indian Summer Festival

October 22, 2018. Cricket Australia, in partnership with the Victorian Government, has today announced a free, three-day community and cultural festival to coincide with the Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and India.

The Indian Summer Festival, to be hosted in Yarra Park outside the MCG, will celebrate Victoria’s vibrant Indian community with a program built upon five shared cultural pillars that unite modern India and modern Melbourne: Food, Music, Art, Film and Cricket.

Attendees can expect an array of live music from a collection of local and international talent, modern Indian street art painted by Indian and local artists, a host of family cricket activities, some of the best modern Indian food Australia has to offer, an exhibition kabaddi match and an open-air cinema showcasing short Bollywood films and music.

The Indian Summer Festival will begin on Bupa Family Day, 23 December 2018, with the Australia and India Men’s Test teams making an appearance on stage and taking the time to meet with fans.

The festival will continue over days one and two of the Boxing Day Test (26 and 27 December), giving cricket fans and the general public an opportunity to sample all that modern Indian culture has to offer.

The full festival program, including artists and activities, will be released in the coming weeks.  The festival is open to anyone and everyone, there is no need to have a ticket to the Test match.

Commenting on the announcement of the Indian Summer Festival, incoming Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said:

“Cricket is a shared love of Australia and India. We see this passion on the field whenever our teams meet as well as through the huge show of support from fans of both countries in the stands. We expect that the Boxing Day Test this year will showcase all of this and are sure the Indian Summer Festival will make the occasion even more special.

“We appreciate the Victorian Government’s support for the Indian Summer Festival, a celebration of the relationship between Australia and India, the vibrancy of the Indian community in Victoria, and the many things that unite us, with cricket at the centre of it all.”

Further information about the Indian Summer Festival is available at

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