Free fair to celebrate 25 years of UWS

What: UWS 25th Anniversary fair and concert

Where: Parramatta campus, James Ruse Drive

When: March 29, 11am-3pm fair, concert at 6pm

The University of Western Sydney will mark its 25th birthday with a free Autumn fair and concert at Rydalmere on Sunday, March 29.

From 11am until 3pm, the Parramatta campus will come alive with jumping castles, carnival games, live music, photo booths, a petting zoo courtesy of Featherdale Wildlife Park, art and history exhibitions, tours of the newly-restored female orphan school and a twilight concert featuring former Sydney Theatre Company director Wayne Harrison.

‘‘It was absolutely front of mind for us that we include our community in our anniversary celebrations,’’ said Eric Sidoti, provost of the Parramatta campus and director of the university’s Whitlam Institute.

‘‘Though UWS as it exists today is 25 years young, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the colony. The foundation stone of the orphan school was laid by Governor Macquarie on September 24, 1813.

‘‘This campus here at Parramatta is one of the most beautiful campuses you’ll see in the country. The female orphan school and the campus itself are truly hidden jewels of Sydney, they are part of our national story.’’

Tickets for the concert are free but bookings are essential on 8839 3399.


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