The NSW Government has committed an additional $600,000 over three years to one of the State’s largest multicultural arts and cultural festivals, Parramasala. Now in its eighth year, Parramasala celebrates the cultural diversity of NSW through music, dance, theatre, food and film, representing more than 40 nationalities. Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams announced the additional funding during the 2018 program launch—‘Many Cultures. One Sydney’.

“Parramasala is a vibrant festival showcasing Western Sydney’s extraordinary multicultural identity, and its growth as an economic and social hub.” “The NSW Government is committed to supporting the evolving arts and cultural scene of Greater Western Sydney,” Mr Williams said. The 2018 program features some of the best in international and domestic acts, including free concerts by Grammy-nominated group Hiatus Kaiyote and Grammy Award-winning Saharan band, Tinariwen.

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Crowds will also enjoy the opening night multicultural parade, interactive drumming and dancing workshops and the delicious Masala markets. As a partner in Parramasala, City of Parramatta Council welcomed the State Government’s extra funding for what has become the signature event on the Multicultural March calendar. “We are proud supporters of Parramasala. Western Sydney is home to a lively assortment of cultures and the City of Parramatta is pleased to lead the way in showcasing the very best our region has to offer,” Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

Parramasala Chairperson Dr GK Harinath OAM encouraged every member of the community interested in arts, music, food and culture to attend the festival this year. “With a mixture of free and ticketed high-quality events, there is something for everyone at any age this year,” Dr Harinath OAM said. Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said Parramasala celebrates Parramatta’s cultural diversity and boosts the local economy. “I am pleased the NSW Government continues to support Parramasala, which promotes the importance of social cohesion and creates local job opportunities.” Since 2016, the NSW Government has committed $2.2 million to secure Parramasala’s rightful place in our cultural calendar until 2020. Parramasala will take place between 9 and 11 March 2018. For more information about the festival, the 2018 program and for daily event schedules, see www.parramasala.com.

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