NSW commits $ 1.6 million for Paramasala over 4 years

ajakaOne of the state’s biggest multicultural festivals, Parramasala, will remain a feature

on the Western Sydney cultural calendar for at least the next four years.

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today

announced the NSW Government has committed $1.6 million over four years in the

2016-17 Budget to secure Parramasala.

“We live in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world and Parramasala is

an event that celebrates our differences and encourages community harmony,” Mr

Baird said.

“Now in its seventh year, Parramasala continues to grow and attracts tens of

thousands of people each year to Parramatta and Harris Park in Western Sydney.”

“This is a much anticipated event and we’re proud to support its return to Western

Sydney until 2019.”

“Parramasala is an energetic, vibrant and colourful celebration of Indian and South

Asian customs, traditions and cuisines and also welcomes contributions from all

multicultural communities,” Mr Ajaka said.

“It’s only fitting that one of the state’s premier multicultural festivals is held in

Parramatta, the geographic and cultural heart of Sydney.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff

Lee said: “I am pleased the NSW Government is supporting this much-anticipated

event that turn Parramatta into a dazzling sea of colour and music.”

Chairman of Parramasala Dr G.K Harinath OAM said: “This funding commitment will

allow us to make Parramasala bigger and better than ever before.”

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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