West Fest

The story of us: a festival celebrating the culture and heritage of Western Sydney.

There is vast cultural diversity across Western Sydney, contributed by the many migrant groups over the decades who have made the region their home. West Fest was designed to highlight and celebrate the broad and significant cultural heritage of the people who live there.

West Fest ran from 6-21 October 2018 in multiple locations across Western Sydney. It enlivened the intangible heritage of the West through a variety of hands on experiences that provided the community with unique opportunities to engage, share and celebrate our heritage.

The festival featured food tours and walking tours, a virtual reality cinema, traditional dance and dress showcases, a poetry slam, an open forum and much more. Through these events and our partners, the community and visitors to Western Sydney were able to dive in and explore the diversity of cultural heritage across the region.

What is intangible cultural heritage?

Intangible cultural heritage is defined as the traditions inherited from our ancestors that are not tied to a physical place but are carried within a person or a community. These include social practices, festivities, stories, language, costume, food, dance, performing arts, practices, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

Heritage Near Me would like to thank all of their event partners for contributing to West Fest.

We worked with a variety of community groups, local businesses, and local and state government agencies to deliver this festival. West Fest wouldn’t have been the success that it was without them.