Auburn Cherry Blossom Festival blooms

The Auburn Botanic Gardens are set to spring to life for the Cherry Blossom Festival, from August 16-24.

The groves of cherry blossom trees are at their most stunning for only two weeks of the year in late winter. It’s a spectacle to behold, with the colourful blooms wonderfully complemented by performing artists throughout the serene surrounds of the Japanese Garden.

Garden visitors are regularly amazed at the flora and fauna on display, and appreciate the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere within the bustle of Australia’s largest city.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic, in the Japanese tradition during the cherry blossom flowering and enjoy the variety of performances, demonstrations and activities throughout the event. Last year, over 20,000 people came to the Festival, and this year is expected to be even bigger.

A full festival program taking place in the Japanese Gardens and at the Peacock Gallery includes: Japanese themed demonstrations such as Ikebana (flower arranging), Kendo (martial arts) and musical performances such as Shakuhachi (flute), Koto and Taiko drumming. The Peacock Gallery activities include the Annual Auburn Mayoral Art and Photography awards exhibition, cherry blossom craft and origami workshops as well as food and drink stalls.

The festival is also a favourite with enthusiasts of Japanese fashion subcultures such as ‘cosplay’ – a type of performance art in which participants dress in costumes and accessories and play out the character representations.

“The Cherry Blossom Festival appeals to people of all ages and all backgrounds,” said Auburn City Mayor Hicham Zraika. “Auburn Botanic Gardens is regarded as the best place in Sydney to view cherry blossoms and a key Sydney event in celebrating Japanese culture,” he said.

“This event really is a showpiece event in our local government area and has grown into one of the major tourist attractions for Western Sydney. In addition to the Japanese-themed demonstrations, workshops and performances have become a major feature of the festival.

“Our parks and gardens staff put in a huge effort over many months to and it’s easy to see why locals and visitors alike love visiting the gardens, especially at this time of the year.”

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