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Western Sydney is getting a new week-long cultural festival

Locale Festival
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A new festival is hitting Western Sydney celebrating the people and cultures that call Cumberland home. The inaugural Locale Festival brings stories from the community through a program of performances, food, talks and special events.

With events touching on one of five themes – places, people, arts and culture, food and local workshops – the event aims to draw visitors and locals into the Cumberland area to experience its rich culture, food and vibrant community.

Highlights from the program include an Indigenous cultural walking tour in Pemulwuy (Fri Jul 14), a Bollywood night at the Sai Temple in Regents Park (Sat Jul 23), a Great Debate night hosted by members of the Canterbury Bulldogs and ABC Radio Sydney (Fri Jul 21), and Night of Lights, an evening at the Gallipoli Mosque in Auburn which will be decked out with a thousand lights, a night bazaar, orchestral performances by the Sydney World Music Chamber Orchestra, food and more (Sat Jul 23).

There will also be poetry, cooking classes, cultural banquets, kids events, workshops on pickling, herbal tonics and beeswax wraps, as well as Doggy Days, two fun free park days with dog cafés, dog photo booths and more.

The inclusive and family-friendly festival will run across Cumberland from Friday July 14 to Monday July 24. Many events are free to attend. 

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