WITH JUST A HINT OF SPICE

CUL­TURAL FES­TI­VAL A HUGE HIT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

IT WAS time to turn up the heat at the sold-out Spicy Pen­rith Fes­ti­val in St Marys on Sun­day.

About 350 peo­ple crowded into the Me­mo­rial Hall to taste de­li­cious food, be­hold bril­liant colours and dance the night away in cel­e­bra­tion of all things In­dian.

Per­form­ers in the ra­di­ant tra­di­tional garb of Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and In­dia kept the party go­ing with their cul­tural dances.

About 110 per­form­ers cel­e­brated the best of the sub­con­ti­nent in dance and song be­fore invit­ing mem­bers of the au­di­ence to join them on stage to add their own flavour to the evening.

A Pen­rith Coun­cil spokesman said the night was a com­plete suc­cess.

“It was a fan­tas­tic night of din­ing and danc­ing, and cel­e­brated cul­tural di­ver­sity, show­cas­ing our city’s Sri Lankan, In­dian, Nepalese and Bhutanese com­mu­ni­ties,” the spokesman said.

“The night was a sell­out and this con­tin­ues the pop­u­lar­ity of Spicy Pen­rith, now into its third year.”

Spicy Pen­rith is an an­nual fes­ti­val that cel­e­brates the va­ri­ety of cul­tures of Pen­rith’s pop­u­la­tion.

Pic­tures: ROY GU­NARATNE/ROYGRAFIX

Per­form­ers de­lighted au­di­ences dur­ing the Spicy Pen­rith Fes­ti­val.

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