Carnival of cultures

Ashfield Council’s premier outdoor event, Carnival of Cultures, returns once again to celebrate the local community and its diversity!

CC-bouncy-castleAttracting over 20,000 visitors in 2013, the Carnival of Cultures held annually at Ashfield Park is an absolutely smashing day of entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds, all with a multicultural flair.

With a dozen spectacular performers playing across the festival’s two stages, as well as roving entertainment from Circus Solarus, plus plenty of free activities on offer around the park’s six different zones, this carnival promises to be great fun for the entire family.

Whether you are interested in experiencing different cultures from all over the world or you simply want to listen to some good music and eat some delicious food, this event should not be missed.

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On the Main Stage

If you’re someone who loves live music, then the Main Stage is the place to be with its showcase of captivating sights and sounds…

Lo Lo Lovina
Lo Lo Lovina

A performance bonaza is planned for the upcoming Carnival of Cultures. The Trovason Trio is the first act of the day and will kick things off at 10am with an energetic Cuban performance. Immediately following will be a dance performance from the Australian Oriental Dance troupe at 11am. How’s that for an exciting start to the day?

There will then be a short recess of performances on the Main Stage from 11.45am to 12.30pm for the official welcome speeches of the day and an acknowledgement to country accompanied by traditional Indigenous dance and music. After the formalities the entertainment will continue with the incredibly thrilling and colourful African Drumming Parade at 12.45pm, and the rhythmic, soulful sounds of Chosani Afrique at 1.15pm, keeping with the African theme.

Now, saving the best for last, the final acts of the day are ones that surely should not be missed… The eclectic local band Lo Lo Lovina will make audiences shake their hips at 2pm, with their unique tunes influenced by Gypsy, French Chanson and Tango music. While the headline act, The Rhythm Hunters, famed for their mesmerising fusion of Indo-Pacific grooves, will be performing from 3pm to 4pm – closing the carnival with a musical bang!



In the Zone

For your convenience, the Carnival of Cultures will be separated into six distinct zones, each with its own special focus. Find out what’s in each zone to get the most out of your day at the carnival…

Zone 1 is all about sports and outdoor activities. In this space you’ll find a variety of sports associations, such as Goals Soccer Academy and Cricket NSW offering all sorts of interesting information, as well as entertainment like pony rides.

Headliners the Rhythm Hunters
Headliners the Rhythm Hunters

Zone 2 is the place to satisfy your grumbling tum. Grab a bite to eat with the food court seated area and all the food stalls located here. The Main Stage will also be located in Zone 2 as well as a face-painting stall.

Zone 3 is home to the Eco Village. This is where you can learn about sustainability and green living. There will also be representatives from the local emergency departments like SES and St John’s Ambulance sharing important information with residents. Plus a little barefoot bowls thrown in for good measure!

Zone 4 will be where you find all the community and merchandise stalls. If you want to do some shopping or learn about the amazing variety of groups working in your community, this zone is where you should find yourself.

Zone 5 is a mixed bag. It will feature the Second Stage, the Art Space and the Outdoor library and book sale. For those of you riding to the carnival, this is also the area where you’ll spot the bike valet and mechanic as well as most of the sponsor stalls.

Zone 6 is for the little ones. Children will be kept busy all day long with jumping castles, a ‘paint an umbrella’ stall and even more face painting.

Check out the map below to help you find your way around on the day.



What’s on

The Main Stage with MC Miles Merrill

10am-10.45am Trovason Trio
11am-11.30am Australian Oriental Dance
11.45am-12.15pm Acknowledgement to Country and Indigenous Dance and music
12.15pm-12:30pm Official speeches
12.45pm-13pm African Drumming Parade
13.15pm-13.45pm Chosani Afrique
14pm-14.45pm Lo Lo Lovina
15pm-16pm The Rhythm Hunters


The Second Stage

10.30am-11.30am Citizenship Ceremony
11.45pm-12.15pm Library Story Time
12.30pm-12.50pm Los Carmona Flamenco Dancers
13.15pm-14pm Tiddalik the Frog
14.15pm-14.45 Sydney Dance Rhythms
14.45pm-15pm Shanshan Dancing Studio
15.10pm-15.30pm U-Turn Youth Ministries



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