Parramasala festival returns this year with a much larger focus.

In its ninth year, instead of focusing on Sydney’s Indian community it will offer entertainment, food, markets and music from over 40 different cultures.

“We have captured the essence of true Sydney and the international flavour of our city,” says festival director Paul Osborne. “We will present our extraordinary cuisine, the diversity of our artists, the beauty of our dance and our incredible musicians.”

The festival will kick off tonight with a street parade along Church Street. Then, on Saturday night, there will be a free performance by Grammy Award-winning Saharan desert rock group Tinariwen. Since forming in 1979, the band has played the Montreax Jazz Festival and Lollapalooza. Grammy Award-nominated future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote will also play.

And where there’s a festival, there’s also something to eat. Expect hawker-style street-food stalls from across the globe.

Parramasala is on Friday March 9 until Sunday March 11 in Parramatta. Food can be found on Market Street.

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