Inner West Council

Carnival of Cultures 2016

Come celebrate Harmony Day at this year's Carnival of Cultures. Council's landmark event will be taking place at Ashfield Park on Sunday March 20, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The event will feature FREE cultural performances all day long on the Main Stage and free children's entertainment, including pony rides, a jumping castle, and a giant slide. There'll be international food and market stalls, an Active Zone, community displays and information, and activities aplenty! Don't miss headline act Archie Roach!

Catch the free shuttle bus running regularly from Ashfield Civic Centre, or cycle to the Carnival and use the free bike valet service to go in the draw for a prize!

Carnival of Cultures 2015

Each year Council presents the Carnival of Cultures to the community to celebrate Ashfield Local Government Area and Harmony Day.

In 2015, Carnival of Cultures was held on Sunday March 22 in the usual location of beautiful Ashfield Park. Although the day started  off with some rain the event attracted thousands of people who stayed to enjoy what turned out to be a sunny afternoon. People enjoyed a full and varied program headlined by Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, King Tide and MC Linda Jaivin. The kids enjoyed the giant slide, jumping castles, and wildlife displays, while green thumbs enjoyed the tree giveaway for local residents, the composting workshops, and performances by the King and Queen of Green. For the sporty ones there was plenty of table tennis, AFL and soccer games, while art lovers spent the day sketching under the tree or contributing to the paper prayer art installation. There was a full range of food stalls providing food from around the world, community information stalls from local community groups and commercial stalls from local businesses. With entertainment across the park, Carnival of Cultures was a day with something for everyone.

Ashfield Council thanks the generous support of sponsors Wests Ashfield Leagues club, Ashfield Mall, Jax Tyres, Medibank Burwood and all the Media and Supply Partners. Thank you to all the virbant performers, dedicated volunteers, suppliers and stall holders. We hope you enjoyed Carnival of Cultures 2015 and we're looking forward to seeing you at Carnival of Cultures 2016!

If you have any feedback about the event or enquiries about Carnival of Cultures 2016 please email Council at

The Carnival of Cultures is Ashfield Council's premiere event attracting 18, 000 people and celebrating the diverse range of cultures that make up the Ashfield Local Government Area. Now in its 18th year the Ashfield Carnival of Cultures offers performances across 2 stages, activities for kids, an array of food and market stalls, community information, bike valet parking, a free tree giveaway, and all in beautiful Ashfield Park. Save the date and come join us for a fun day with something for everyone.

DATE: Sunday, March 22nd 2015 
TIME: 10am - 4pm 
VENUE: Ashfield Park, Cnr of Orpington St &  Parramatta Rd, Ashfield 
CAPACITY :  20,000

Carnival of Cultures 2015- program of entertainment

Main Stage

MC Linda Javin

10.00- 10.30     Pocket Trio - feel good jazz to start the day

10.45- 11.15     Indian & Nepalese Grandparent Fashion Parade 

                     & Korean Drumming and Fan Dance

11.30- 12.00     Three Brothers - local boys the Jenkins brothers play the Beatles

12.15- 12.30     Official Opening, with the Yamma Boys dance troupe

12.45- 13.30     Cultural Dance showcase, featuring highlights from Council's weekly Frolic in the Forecourt program.

- Polish Folkloric Ensemble

- Nepalese Dance Troupe

- Chinese Folk Song and Dance Sydney Troupe

- Italian Tarantella Troupe

- Indian Dance Group

- Darrios Street dance (aka Soul Predatorz)

13.45- 14.15     King Tide - rock steady/ roots reggae

14.25- 14.45     Cook Islander group

15.00- 16.00     Emma Donovan & The Putbacks - funk/ soul

Second Stage

MCs- Caitlyn & Lizze, Ashfield Youth Theatre

10.30- 11.30     Citizenship Ceremony

12.30- 13.00     Ashfield Library presents Story Time

13.15- 13.45     King & Queen of Green - sustainability and eco fun for the kids

14.00- 14.30     Ashfield Boys High School Concert Band

14.45- 15.15     De La Salle College

Other Entertainment throughout the day

  • Native Animal Display and Free pony rides, giant slide and face painting
  • Barefoot Bowling at the Ashfield Bowling Club
  • Artspace - refer below
  • Roving performers
  • Miklagard Garrison -local group of Medieval warriors in costuming performing medieval combat
  • flashmob by Ashfield Youth Theatre
  • Interactive art installation by the Ashfield Youth Theatre


Carnival of Cultures 2014- a look back on the previous event

Council's premier outdoor event, the Carnival of Cultures was held on Sunday 16 March 2014, 10am-4pm at Ashfield Park.

The event attracted thousands of people and despite the rain, many stayed on to enjoy what turned out to be a sunny afternoon full of entertainment for the whole family.

There was FREE entertainment including performances across two stage, free children's entertainment including pony rides and jumping castles, international food and market stalls as well as community displays and information. There will also be cooking demonstrations in the Eco Village along with native animals display and plant giveaway for local residents (proof of address required).

Giant slide Main Stage Performers Main Stage Performers 2
Aboriginal Dancers on Main Stage Medieval Display Native Animal Display

To view the program, click here.

To view the site map, click here.

To get involved in 2015 contact Council on Tel: (02) 9392 5000 or email

The Carnival of Cultures would not be possible without support from our Official Events Sponsor Wests Ashfield Leagues. Thanks also to our Silver Sponsor Ashfield Mall. Council is also grateful for the support from our Media Partners Ciao Magazine, La Fiamma, Inner West Courier, Radio 2RDJ and The Vision China Times as well as our Supply Partners ecoDesign ecoPrint, Festival Hire and Veolia Environmental Services.