Federation of Indian Associations of ACT (FINACT) organised the mega event AusIndia Fair on Saturday 24 March 2018 in the Commonwealth Park Canberra. Despite being the first time, AusIndia Fair was successful in bringing the Indian diaspora and the broader Australian society together to embrace diversity and inclusiveness of migrants in Australia. There were 4000 – 5000 visitors and significant non-Indian Australians. FINACT congratulates you for its success.
AusIndia Fair showcased cultural fusion and maintained the vibrancy until the end of day. More than 150 participants performed reflecting Australia’s heritage and multiculturalism. The spectators were present until the end. The day started with kids sports and yoga session. Excitement picked up with Tug-of-War competition and Kerala team became the winner of inaugural trophy.
The fair was inaugurated by the Indian High Commissioner, Hon. Dr. Ajay Gondane who also gave a welcome speech.
Other eminent guests at the event were MLA and FINACT Patron Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith, Minister for Multicultural Affairs; Mr Alistair Coe, Leader of Opposition; Mr Shane Rattenburry, Minister for Environment; Mr Michael Pettersson MLA; Ms Nicole Lawder MLA; Ms Elizabeth Kikkert MLA; Ms Elizabeth Lee MLA; Ms Candice Burch MLA, Mr Winnerjit Singh, Social Worker and many other celebrities.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Hon Mr Malcolm Turnbull stated, in a letter of acknowledgement, that the “AusIndia Fair” is a wonderful opportunity to inspire new interest in the Australian-Indian relationship.
The “AusIndia Fair” has set a benchmark and provided the national capital an opportunity to harness business and community collaborations. Canberra is looking forward to bigger and more opportunities to bring through “AusIndia Fair 2019”.
There were 33 stalls occupied by diverse businesses including food, ayurveda, Darjeeling tea tasting, State Bank of India, Incredible India, Mr Solar, finance companies, panoramic India and heritage, with many attractions like turban tying, henna tattoo, photo booth, face painting and many other attractions.
A big attraction was a chance to win ‘a free return ticket to India’ offered by FINACT and TripMocha.
In addition to ‘free entry’ to the event, FINACT also chartered a free bus service to assist Canberra community.
Sponsorship packages are available for businesses and organisations and they will be officially recognised as supporters of AusIndia Fair 2019.
FINACT invites you to be part of this exciting and enjoyable journey.
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