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Funding for Spicy Penrith Festival


Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today committed $5,000 funding for a multicultural festival celebrating South Asian cultures and traditions in Penrith.  

Mr Ayres said Spicy Penrith was an annual multifaith and multicultural festival showcasing the diverse cultures and traditions of Penrith’s South Asian communities, including the Indian, Nepalese, Sri Lankan and Bhutanese communities.

“Spicy Penrith is one of the highlights of Penrith’s cultural calendar and is packed with the diverse music, cuisines, dance and of traditions of South Asia,” Mr Ayres said.

“Festivals like Spicy Penrith bring all members of our local community closer together.

“It is a great day out for the whole family, and a credit to our South Asian community who volunteer their time in making it an exceptional celebration every year.”

Mr Williams said more than 100 performers showcased the diversity of the South Asian region at the Festival last year.

“This is an outstanding community-based festival which brings all members of the community together to experience the rich cultures of South Asia,” Mr Williams said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support this community festival which strengthens our multicultural community.”

Spicy Penrith is presented by the Penrith City Council.

Deputy Mayor, Clr Tricia Hitchen said the Festival would be bigger and better in 2018.

“With the support of the NSW Government, Spicy Penrith will be back this year to amaze the whole Penrith community,” Clr Hitchen said.

“The festival is a true celebration of our local multicultural community.”

Spicy Penrith is supported by the Multicultural NSW Grants Program. For more information about Multicultural NSW’s grant program visit:


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