Locale Festival kicks off

FUR FRIENDLY FUN: "We really want to make people aware of the dog parks and make sure they are being utilised by the wider community," Cumberland Council events coordinator Amy Hopkins said.
FUR FRIENDLY FUN: "We really want to make people aware of the dog parks and make sure they are being utilised by the wider community," Cumberland Council events coordinator Amy Hopkins said.

Arts, culture, food, people and places will be the centre of attention this month when the Locale Festival kicks off on July 14.

The festival – made up of mini events, set over many locations – celebrates the people and diverse cultures that call Cumberland home.

Cumberland Council administrator Viv May said with Locale Festival in its first year, he is proud to see so many people in the community opening their doors and arms to all.

“I hope others might be inspired to tell their own tale in next year’s event,” he said. “I encourage people to discover new places, try new cuisines and hear new stories – all told by our neighbours.”

For the festival debut, some of Cumberland’s most interesting venues are opening their doors to the public.

Explore Auburn’s Gallipoli Mosque as its beautifully lit up with a night market bazaar and orchestral performances. Or visit the Sai Temple in Regents Park for a Bollywood Mela evening of food, dance and exotic colour.

Pet lovers can celebrate with their furry friends at the free dog days events held in Pemulwuy and Greystanes on July 16 and 23.

“We’re hoping to see hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs and their owners turn up,” council events coordinator Amy Hopkins said.

“The event at Gardenia Parade Dog Park even has colour spray, where people can get the fur of their four-legged friends colour sprayed.”

Most activities are free and include a small hot chocolate and dog cookie for the first 100 attendees, pupparazzi photobooth, a ‘Walking on the Lead Masterclass’ with Bark Busters, grooming and behavioural advice, obedience demonstrations, doggy caricature and dog training sessions with Steve Austin.

Reprising their successful show from the 2017 Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Auburn Poets and Writers Group present Grandma’s Bed.

“An array of amazing individuals from different backgrounds tell stories about their childhood, drawing on the cultural influences of their grandparents,” Jenny Cheeseman, Peacock Gallery director and council arts coordinator said.

“They uncover deep conversations about family and how they have helped shape them.”