August 15th is India’s Independence Day and nowhere is it more royally celebrated in Australia than at the India Australia Friendship Fair in Sydney. This riot of colourful, music, dance and entertainment has got to be one of the best days out whether your background is from India or not and should be on your “what to do in Sydney” list if you are visiting Sydney in August.
India and Australia’s friendship has never been more poignant as in 2009 Australia unfortunately witnessed a significant number of cowardly attacks against Indian students studying there. Currently there are approximately 97,000 Indian students studying at universities and specialist colleges throughout Australia. Having travelled extensively in India myself, I attended the India Australia Friendship Fair to show my personal support for the Indian community and to experience the fair for myself.
The India Australia Friendship Fair is a shining example of that diversity. I can think of no better way to encourage understanding between cultures than at a great party. And a great party it is! If you like food, dance, music, shopping for clothes and jewellery and are in Sydney during the month of August, then check the date of the next fair at the United India Australia association website and get along for a great day out. You won’t be disappointed.
Listen to the India Australia Friendship Fair podcast and I am sure you will add the fair to your “What To Do In Sydney” list along with other great days out like taking an audio tour of The Rocks.