India will complete 75 years of independence on 15 August, and the Indian communities across Australia are gearing up to celebrate it. Furthermore, various cultural events such as flag hoistings, cultural performances and Indian community dinners will be held in the first two weeks and continue till the end of the month.
Have a look at the few events that you can attend:
Consulate General of India, Sydney
15 August, 9 AM – Consulate General of India will commemorate India’s Independence Day with the annual hoisting of the tricolour. You can join fellow Indian-Australian community members to celebrate the day.
India Day Dinner
The Council of Indian Australians Inc (CIA)
Grand Royale Function Centre, Granville
13 August, 7:45 PM onwards- Have a formal three-course buffet dinner simultaneously while watching stage performances showcasing India’s cultural diversity. You can also participate in raffles and charity auctions.
Australia-India Friendship Fair
United Indian Associations Inc (UIA)
Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
21 August, 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM: No specific details are available, but UIA will conduct an annual event that marks India’s independence.
Australia-India International Business Summit
Australia India Business Council
23 – 25 August – A bilateral business meet will be held wherein government leaders, business leaders, international business delegates and thought leaders across key business sectors will meet and connect for business outcomes.
Indian Textile Exhibition: Charkha and Kargha
Powerhouse Museum Ultimo
13 August onwards: Mahatma Gandhi wore Khadi dhotis throughout the freedom struggle emphasising the importance of Indian heritage. Hence, the Charkha and Kargha exhibition will highlight textiles’ role in the Indian freedom struggle. Moreover, the exhibition will feature over 100 rare items dating back to the 1870s. It will also showcase live demonstrations of spinning and weaving, daily storytelling of Indian folktales and discussions on Indian textiles.
Discussion on Indian democracy
The Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney
11 August, 6 to 7:30 PM: A formal discussion titled ‘Indian Democracy at 75: Troubled or Triumphant?’ will be held on 11 August. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and academics Salvatore Babones and Aarti Seksaria will be the main speakers at the event.
Consulate General of India, Melbourne
15 August, 9 AM: Council General of India, Melbourne, will organise the annual hoisting of the tricolour to commemorate the 76th Independence Day of India
Federation of Indian Associations of Victoria
Australian Indian Community Centre, Rowville VIC
20 August, 5:30 onwards: Enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment and networking with dinner and drinks.
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Federation Square, Melbourne
13 August 10:30 AM: If you love films, you would not want to miss the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2022; cricket legend Kapil Dev and actor Amitabh Bachchan will start the festivities by hoisting the flag to commemorate India’s independence.