Parramatta will host a 15-hour marathon celebration this Australia Day, featuring an array of entertainment, family-fun activities, live music and great food in the picturesque surrounds of the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park.
Kicking off from 6am with the ever-popular hot air balloon display, the celebrations will continue all day with The Big BBQ competition, CARnivale display, Parravision Grand Final, kid’s workshops and activities, and will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson said: “The City of Parramatta’s rich colonial heritage puts Parramatta front and centre at the celebration of the founding of this country. Council looks forward to celebrating our rich history and what it means to be Australian in 2018 as we look forward to another year of building Australia’s next great city.”
“There is no better place than Parramatta to enjoy Australia Day and I encourage everyone to come along and be part of this wonderful celebration which truly offers something for every member of the family to enjoy.”
Australian singing icons Daryl Braithwaite and Kate Ceberano will headline the evening concert on the main stage. Recently inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Daryl is expected to perform some of his greatest hits such as ‘The Horses’, ‘As The Days Go By’ and ‘One Summer’.
“I’m excited to be part of the Australia Day festivities in Parramatta Park along with so many talented performers. It’s humbling that these songs which mean so much to me continue to strike a chord with so many people of all ages across the country, and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for my fans in Western Sydney.”
A special Welcome Ceremony by Darug Auntie Jacinta Tobin will commence the evening stage program. West Australian singer-songwriter Teischa, children’s favourites Hi-5 and popular duo Busby Marou will also hit the main stage ahead of the headline performances.
Emerging Western Sydney artists will feature prominently in the event line-up. The Aerial Stage will host a student performance by Western Sydney-based music school Stormer Music, choirs including Circular Keys and Western Sydney Youth Orchestra, and many more. The Red Bull Stage and Bar will feature the sounds of emerging Western Sydney female DJs including Alexandra Falk, Gozo, Nicole Hamblin-Walker, Yemisul and KT Kosmic.
Sydney’s favourite display of classic and vintage cars, CARnivale will this year include a 1910 International Auto Buggy manufactured by the International Harvest Company of America and a 1959 Ford Prefect converted to electric power, both from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Among other highlights throughout the day will be a range of interactive activities for the whole family including a children’s ‘Parade of Creatures’; roving performers; circus, magic shows and workshops, and plenty of rides and food options.
Parramatta Park Trust Executive Director Suellen Fitzgerald said the Trust was delighted to host the signature event as part of the Crescent Summer Series.
“We welcome everyone from our rich multicultural and diverse community to celebrate Australia Day together in the beautiful World Heritage-listed Park,” Ms Fitzgerald said.
“Parramatta Park is the ideal home for Australia Day which is the largest community celebration of the year and an exciting addition to the Crescent Summer Series.”
The Australia Day festivities will also include the Grand Final of City of Parramatta’s Parravision talent competition where 19 finalists will be judged by industry professionals. Prizes are up for grabs in three categories and the overall winner will perform on the main stage at the evening concert prior to the headline acts.