Big Bollywood Festival in Dandenong (Foster Street) 15 April (11am to 6 pm)

Purpose of the Event: To show case the multi-cultural nature of the Little India Traders by utilizing

the Indian Bollywood Theme to bring families together as fun day. The word Bollywood is easily

identify with in all communities consensus meaning dance, music, film and clothes.

Bollywood Festival will transform the street into Indian Bazaar feel, where the shops will have

market style stalls on the pavement. So take a moment to visualise the shops strewn with

garlands of paper flowers to enhance this look, using the featured colour scheme of pink, gold, red

and yellow. Smell the fragrance incense and wafting smells of fresh curries being cooked and serve

alfresco outside the five cafes and restaurant.

Listen to the sounds of tabla players and dancers weaving their way down the footpath. Take a

moment to stop at the chai cart set up serving freshly brewed chai, letting visitors new to this

refreshing drink to sit and linger taking in the sounds and sights. Or to sit and allow the henna

artist to tattoo ones hands are with age old symbols.

Behind the shops, central stage will be host to the famous Bhangra Dancers, Fijian Meke, Dhool,

DJ Baba, Belly Dancers,Tabla, Sitar players, African Drumming and M.C. Azim and Nalihi to name

just a few who will entertained with music and dance. Colours that are dazzling to the eyes as

beautiful Saris, Salwaar Kameeza, Punjab outfit and alternative clothing are parade on stage

showcasing the clothing traders.

One segment is Bollywood dance for those who would love to learn this. And some basic lessons

in stress release through yoga which will be held later in the afternoon at the Pop/Up/ Park. Other

activities at the Pop/up/ Park for children will be Vic Cricket workshop, Jumping Fun castle, face

painting, clowning and small rides for younger children.

Vic Cricket will be hosting coaching lessons that are age related, so for the younger children, it will

be focused on eye hand co-ordination and balance. Older age group will focus on friendly matches

and pointers on skills. Cricket creates a sporting activity for children that break down cultural

barriers, creating physical fitness, team players, good sportsmanship. One could hope the next

upcoming Australian players could come from these many nationalities. Cricket has the ability to

break down barriers as it’s so strongly followed by the south Asian population.

We the traders of the Little India precinct are proud of the cultural diversity of Indian, Fijian

Indian, Fijian, Egyptian, Serbian, Cambodian, Pakistani, Afghani, Australian and Lebanese who

work together in creating this amazing community.

Sponsors are the Office of Multiculturalism, ANZ Mobile Lenders Rowville, Clayton, Places Victoria,

Bank of Melbourne, Mission Australia, Punjab Sweets Bikaneer Sweets and the Greater City of

Dandenong.

Big thank you to Bristol Paints Doveton and the following presenters on stage Bollywood Jhoom,

Shem Belly Dancing, Mai Nachungi Dance, Shriram Iyer, Kubra Elyas, Vikrant Raj Bollywood

Dancer , Kushaal Prasad Dhool Drum, Valvish Dhool Drum, Raj Kumara, Traditional Dancer, David

Pal Tabla & Harmonia, Naval Moudgil , Radhey Sitar with more to come

Media Partners Indus age, Hello Bollywood, SAT, Santa Banta, Beyond India, Indian Link will be

identified on the events programme and posters and will be publicly thanked on stage for their

help in bringing this festival to fruition.

Little India hopes there will be continuing festivals held within this cultural precinct. Will transform

the street into Indian Bazaar feel, where the shops will have market style stalls on the pavement.

So take a moment to visualise the shops strewn with garlands of paper flowers to enhance this

look, using the featured colour scheme of pink, gold, red and yellow, incense and smell the fragrance.
- Media Release

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