Open Marrickville

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Open Marrickville
Photograph: Haline Ly / Whale Design Co

Celebrate cultural diversity in the Inner West with ten days of mini festivals and events

Open Marrickville celebrates the 57 cultures that populate the Inner West through one-day community get-togethers to exhibitions within local streets and galleries. The official opening party is called Rhythms, Colours, Flavours of Peru, held at Marrickville Town Hall on Sunday June 19, which includes Peruvian food, markets, films and music.

The Chrissie Cotter Gallery will host the New Beginnings: Refugee Arts and Culture Festival exhibition showcasing works by talented artists from refugee backgrounds. There’ll be a Community Kouzina – a comparison of kitchens and gardens in Marrickville and Kos, Greece, through cooking demonstrations. And on Monday June 23, there’ll be a premiere screening of of Faraway… So Close to Homeland, a documentary covering the plight of ten Syrian refugees.

The Pachamama Festival, on Jun 24-25, includes a films, stories, dance, food and music workshops from the Latin American and Indigenous Australian communities based in the local area. And the Balkan Bonanza is a feast of traditional costumes, food, music, dance and performances from the Balkan countries: Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.

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