India’s upcoming winter season is about to warm up with the start of Oz Fest, a four month long multi-media cultural festival of Australian arts beginning October 16, 2012. The best of Australia’s culture will be on display in 18 Indian cities through a traveling roadshow of Australian theater, music, dance, and cinema.
The first of 100 events scheduled during Oz Fest will kick off in Delhi at Purana Qila. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will attend an opening-night outdoor concert featuring Australian aboriginal singer Gurrumul Yunupingu and Indian classical musician Anoushka Shankar. There will also be a sound and light show by AGB Events, the organizers of Sydney’s annual Vivid Light Festival, on the Sher Mandal Observatory at Purana Qila.
Oz Fest events scheduled in October include:
-Cricket matches between Australian Indigenous Cricket Team and local cricket clubs in Mumbai and Pune
-Melbourne International Comedy Festival; 5 comedians perform and audition to find a new Indian talent from Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore
-Mini Film Festival in Mumbai
-Book Readings by Australian and Indian writers in Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Chennai
Oz Fest is a collaboration between Australia and India governments. The $3 million AUD festival runs from October 16, 2012 to February 5, 2013.
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