West Fest celebrates the culture and heritage of Western Sydney

Food tours, forums and a cultural creativity day are on offer from 6-21 October as western Sydney’s vibrant migrant cultures take centre stage at a celebration dubbed West Fest.

People on the Warami Mittigar Aboriginal cultural walk

Organised by the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me program and partner agencies, West Fest has events from Parramatta to Penrith, Campbelltown to Rouse Hill.

Heritage Near Me Acting Manager Sarah Jane Brazil said West Fest was a chance to celebrate some of the city’s intangible heritage.

“When we think of heritage we often think of buildings and monuments but an important aspect is actually things not tied to a physical place.

“These are the traditions inherited from our ancestors and carried with a person or a community.

“Western Sydney is alive with a mix of vibrant cultural heritage worth celebrating and that’s what West Fest is all about.  

“A partnership between the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me program and several local councils, community groups and local businesses, West Fest will have something for everyone,” Ms Brazil said.

One of the highlights will be Creativity unleashed organised by the Community Migrant Resource Centre.

Creativity Unleashed is a day celebrating the creative talents of our community though live interactive art, live music and dancing, hands on workshops, a pop up Virtual Reality cinema, stalls, and photography and art exhibitions.

Other activities include:

  • A professional forum to discuss the future of heritage across Western Sydney and how changing populations contribute to our diverse heritage
  • Food and culture tours of Parramatta, Harris Park, Cabramatta, Liverpool and Merrylands
  • Poetry Slam - Western Sydney final
  • VR pop up cinema as part of the Parra Lanes festival
  • A Living Library
  • Coding workshops for kids
  • Celebration day hosted by Community Migrant Resource Centre
  • Aboriginal Cultural walks of Parramatta
  • Exhibitions at the Fairfield City Council Museum and Gallery

Full festival program