Delhiites can now get a taste of Australian art and culture as the first Australian cultural festival or the Oz Fest, kicks off in the Capital on October 16. During the next four months, the festival will focus on Australian music, art, food, films, literature, dance and sports. “We would like to strengthen the relationship between two communities through art, culture and music,” says Peter Varghese, Australian high commissioner to India.
The fest will open with a concert by Australian Aboriginal musicians Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Mark Atkins and Indian sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Purana Quila on October 16.
“My aunt travelled to India when I was a child and I have always wanted to visit it since then,” says Gurrumul Yunupingu, Australian singer-songwriter excited about his first visit to the country. Yunupingu is blind from birth and plays a host of instruments. The concert will take place against a 3D backdrop. The festival will also travel to 18 cities across India and will see more than 100 events. “We hope to create a great synergy between the Indian and Australian artists through this festival,” says Varghese.
Cityfolk who enjoy a hearty laugh can look forward to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow that will take place on November 10 and 11 at Blue Frog. One can also participate in RAW comedy, Australia’s biggest open-mic competition. The winner will get to perform at the comedy festival in Melbourne. Another interesting event is Saltbush — a three day storytelling session and The Pilbara Project at Lalit Kala Akademi from October 30.
Events to watch out for:
Opening Concert by Australian and Indian artists — Anoushka Shankar, Gurrumul Yunupingu and Mark Atkins at Purana Qila on October 16.
Aussie BBQ, a music event on 10 November at Blue Frog, Mehrauli
Now and When: Australian Urbanism, a 3D exhibition of dramatic existing and hypothetical urban environments. On
January 21 - 30 at India International Centre.
Catch it here
What: Oz Fest
When: October 16 to February 5
Entry: By Registration. For more details log on to www.ozfestindia.com