Brisbane festival celebrates India’s 70th Independence Day


Performers at the India Day Fair. Photo: Holly Fenwick

A Brisbane multicultural festival celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day on Saturday 19 August.

India Fair Day took place at Roma Street Parklands, home to the festival for the last seven years. Indian food, fashion, Bollywood dancing and entertainment were showcased.

The event was organised by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), an organisation that promotes the wellbeing of people of Indian origin around the world.

ABC News presenter, Del Irani was Master of Ceremony for the event, and spoke about how proud she was to have been asked to attend.

“What an amazing crowd turnout and wonderful performances at this year’s India Fair… It has been such an honour emceeing the event,” Ms Irani said.

India celebrates its independence day annually with a national holiday. The day commemorates its independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.

The India Day Fair included famous performers, children’s activities, food stalls, Bollywood dancers, and a multicultural parade. The day culminated with a vibrant firework display.

The headlining act was Punjabi musician Lakhwinder Wadali, who flew in from India for the celebration.

Wadali told the Brisbane audience how excited he was to perform for them before going on stage.

“I am thrilled to be here… having pride in India’s independence and bringing my music to Brisbane,” Mr Wadali said.

Brisbane City Council also paid tribute to India’s 70th Independence Day this week by lighting City Hall and Victoria Bridge in India’s national flag colours of green, white and orange.



Holly Fenwick

Writer. TV enthusiast. Strong views on political and social issues.

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