2016 Open Marrickville 10 days 57 cultures, 17 - 26 June
Ten days of free celebrations and events, great food, art, children's activities, talks, live music, and a sacred sights and food tours, commence soon for 2016 Open Marrickville.
Council’s Open Marrickville festival is held annually to celebrate and share all the inner west’s many cultural and artistic traditions.
The festival is an opportunity to take a journey from Portugal to Peru, from films to song and storytelling – including bilingual nursery rhymes – and gypsy folklore.
“Our land of the Gadigal-Wangal people is also historically Greek and Vietnamese, Portuguese and Italian, and Arabic-speaking,” said Administrator of Inner West Council Mr Richard Pearson.
“Council has many aspirations. One is that we remain welcoming and proud of our diversity. Another is that we are a creative community that values our local identity and sense of place. I’m delighted that Open Marrickville is achieving both,” Mr Pearson said.
Open Marrickville will kick off in style with a celebration of the Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru.
The Open Marrickville official opening event is at Marrickville Town Hall on Sunday 19 June, 11am - 5pm.
Featuring everything Peruvian, including music from the South American coast to the Andes, mouth-watering cuisine, a ‘kid’s corner’ with storytelling passed on from the Inca’s legends – this is an opportunity to be immersed in Peru’s lively fusion of cultural traditions.
Organiser Lidia Luna says Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru will “spark curiosity and generate community interest our traditions”.
“Inner West residents embrace diversity, so I know locals will benefit by experiencing and being made aware of different aspects of Peruvian culture,” she said.
“I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the music, performances, and food. And there’s a showcase of colourful textiles and photos of our landscape and people.”
The event is free, a film screening is $10.
Open Marrickville takes place annually in June in a variety of locations across the Inner West Council area.
For a print quality image from last year’s Open Marrickville, contact the Communication team.
To download the program and map, go to Open Inner West