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PARRAMASALA REVEALS 2019 PROGRAM

Parramatta is set to be transformed into a rich playground of cultural wonder when Parramasala returns with a bumper program featuring pumping live music, workshops for the whole family, incredible dance, delicious world delicacies and the iconic opening street parade.

Running from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March, the 2019 program features the very best in international and local acts, including free concerts by singer-songwriter Thandi Phoenix, ARIA nominated rap-duo Remi Indigenous modern electric group Electric Fields, Sydney local CLYPSO and the widely-acclaimed Sampa the Great.

Crowds will also enjoy the breathtaking Opening Night Parade and the inaugural Long Table Sunday Brunch, a shared multicultural and interfaith feast for all members of the community.

Festival Director Paul Osborne said “With Parramasala 2019 we’re really taking things to the next level. This year’s Festival is the biggest celebration of Sydney’s vibrant cross-section of cultures yet. From South American to Middle Eastern, Indigenous Australian to South East Asian, and everything in between.”

“Each day of the Festival will provide a unique experience and showcase the talents of Australia’s best multicultural artists, performers and community groups. We invite you to join us at Parramasala this year and the revel in the buzz and energy that the program offers,” added Osborne.

Parramasala shines a spotlight on the real people who make up the living, beating heart of this city. It’s a warm invitation to revel in a kaleidoscope of cultures, from your next-door neighbours across greater Sydney and New South Wales

Every year, the massive three-day extravaganza sees over 35,000 Sydneysiders converging on the streets, laneways and parklands of Parramatta. The city will transform into a cornucopia of awe-inspiring experiences, including cutting-edge live music, vivid dance and theatre, a breathtaking parade of splendid colour, spectacular costumes, and beating rhythms.

Highlights of the 2019 program include:

KEY FESTIVAL EVENTS

The Welcome Parade of Parramasala 2019 will be an exciting and colourful kick-off to this three-day extravaganza of multicultural arts, food, and entertainment. The vibrant procession of 500 performers, drummers and musicians, will form a cavalcade of colour, music and movement as it makes its way from Parramatta Town Hall to Prince Alfred Square to welcome in the Festival. This year the Welcome Parade will pay homage to the world’s most famous and spectacular parade – Carnival in Brazil. Expect a kaleidoscope of colour and celebration, perfectly brought together to please all the senses.

Ease into Sunday at Parramasala with the Long Table Brunch, a free event that brings together diverse intercultural and interfaith groups for a celebration of food and community. The Long Table Brunch invites people from all walks of life politicians, religious leaders and community members – to sit down and enjoy the sensory delights of the World Market Stalls, share stories and be entertained by performers from the World Dance Congress.

The Festival will also ramp things up with a brand new bustling food precinct offering a culinary passport to a mouth-watering array of delectable delights, and a bar area to kick back with a drink as you soak up the best of what Parramatta has to offer.

LIVE MUSIC

Friday 15 March, we will open the festival with a First Nations Concert featuring our own acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, from the Suquamish Tribe of the Pacific north-west Calina Lawrence, Wergaia woman, singer-songwriter Alice Skye and neo-soul artist of Papua new Guinean heritage Kaiit.

Saturday 16 March is the Festival’s biggest day for contemporary live music and features. The electrifying lineup includes: Sydney’s Kid Fiction and his soulful pop aesthetics, hip hop artist Adrian Eagle, Triple J Unearthed finalist Geniesis Owusu, unconventional afrobeat trio True Vibenation, Hip-hop heavyweight REMI, pop songstress Thandi Pheonix, and the epic electronic duo Electric Fields.

On the Festival’s final day the music stage celebrates the incredible female voices. With a deep sense of pride in their heritage, singer’s Rosita Vai, Mi-Kaisha and Sheba Williams unite for Pacific Women’s Voices, giving audiences the opportunity to connect with their expressive repertoire of songs. Describing her sound as “tropp chili flakes” CLYPSO will bring her mash of beats, basslines and electronica to Parramasala, while the mesmerizing hip-hop star Sampa the Great promises a spellbinding set of spoken word.

WORKSHOPS

The whole family can enjoy a wide array of workshops at Parramasala. From sustainable craft workshops such as Pacific Island weaving, Indigenous art with eel trap and spear making, plus recycled art workshops run by The Bower, to music and dance classes like West African Rhythms Drum and Dance to belly dancing and more all it takes to get involved is a hunger for creativity and a spirit of adventure.


WHAT:                 
Parramasala
WHEN:                  Friday 15 March – Sunday 17 March, 2019
WHERE:                Various locations around Parramatta 
WEBSITE:             https://www.parramasala.com/
FACEBOOK:         https://www.facebook.com/Parramasala/
TWITTER:             https://twitter.com/Parramasala_
INSTAGRAM:      https://www.instagram.com/parramasala_/

ABOUT PARRAMASALA

Parramasala is one of the largest multicultural festivals in NSW. The City of Parramatta is a vibrant arts and entertainment hub that features music, dance, theatre, comedy, film, markets and visual arts from around the world. Parramasala captures this wealth and folds it into a unique cultural event.

Parramasala Limited delivers the annual Parramasala Festival and is jointly owned by Multicultural NSW and City of Parramatta Council. Parramasala plays an important role in Parramatta through celebrating and showcasing cultural richness and vibrancy, and building harmony across the communities of Western Sydney.

ABOUT MULTICULTURAL NSW
Multicultural NSW works to build and maintain a cohesive and harmonious multicultural society that enriches the lives of all of the people of NSW.

ABOUT CITY OF PARRAMATTA
Parramatta, declared Sydney’s Central City by the Greater Sydney Commission in 2016, is the centre of Australia’s most significant economic region and is also home to the country’s most culturally diverse community. More than 50% of City of Parramatta residents speak a language other than English at home.

Through celebrating and showcasing cultural richness and vibrancy, Parramasala plays an important role in promoting Parramatta as Australia’s next great city and building harmony across the communities of Western Sydney. Parramasala presents Parramatta as a vibrant and safe, multicultural creative city and promotes Western Sydney as a region with its own distinct cultural identity.

The Festival has delivered high value outcomes across a range of City objectives to grow arts and cultural experiences in Parramatta, and celebrate and showcase the diversity of the Parramatta, and greater Western Sydney, community.

MAJOR PARTNER
The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee is proud to be a major partner of Parramasala in 2019 and 2020.

SPONSOR
The State Bank of India is a proud sponsor of Parramasala in 2019.

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