Sydney’s leading cross-cultural music festival launches this weekend

Friday 08 September 2023

Kicking off with a community horn and drums parade led by the Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble and the Ottoman Marching Band, the streets of Ashfield will be alive this Friday from 6pm.

The parade is free for the whole community to join and kicks off this weekend’s Culture X festival which will bring the streets alive with music from all over the world.

The parade will culminate in a free open-air dance party ‘The Ball’ featuring DJ Fly Tee Girl, Dusha Balkana Dance Group, the Japanese Drum and Dance Ensemble and Bollywood Sydney.

“Over three exciting days, our festival hub will pulsate with the dynamic beats of our nation's finest bands and artists, the magnetic and inventive movements of dance ensembles, and engaging community programs that celebrate the essence of unity and diversity.” says Richard Petkovic, Festival Director of Culture X Ashfield.

Don’t miss this vibrant celebration that will offer an unrepeatable line-up of local and international music artists over three exciting days from 8-10 September. The festival offers free cross-cultural music and performances from:

  • The Strides, an infectious hip-hop, modern dance hall, dub beats, and reggae-pop outfit
  • Pirateska Rebellion (Melb) fusing Ska, dub, Reggae, and Latin influences
  • Bukhu Ganburged the virtuosic Mongolian Throat Singer and Horse Fiddler
  • Kween G and The Sisterhood, local Afro-Australian ‘Queen of Hip Hop and Soul’ renowned for her provocative, unflinching, and authentic music
  • Balkan Audio Collective in collaboration with Brisbane’s East of West, fusing electronic beats, oral histories, ancient rituals and more!

The festival is free and family-friendly with delightful kids' concerts and workshops open to primary school-aged children and above; there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: Pratten Park, 40 Arthur St, Ashfield, NSW
When: 8-10 September,

Culture X Ashfield is proudly presented by Sacred Currents and Cultural Arts Collective, in partnership with Inner West Council, supported by CREATE NSW and Multicultural NSW.

For media enquiries please contact Maria Mitar at Cultural Arts Collective on or 0430 242 071 OR Margaret Merten,

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Page last updated: 18 Dec 2023