This year's dazzling line-up of entertainment is set to be the best yet, with a wide range of exciting performances on two stages throughout the day. Located at the top end of Haldon Street is the main stage, showcasing a brilliant array of professional multicultural performances. Special guests this year include:
View the Official Program for more information on all of the performances. The Boulevarde stage incorporates performances from our local talent and youth orientated groups.
This year the Haldon Street Festival includes an Art Market as part of the Canterbury's Hidden Talent program. We have local artists which also includes the Canterbury City Community Centre's Women in Business program to showcase and sell their work. Artworks include fashion design, silk paintings, flower arrangements, the different types of artwork mediums are endless. This Art Market is located inside the Lakemba Uniting Church Hall, next to the Symbio Zoo animal display, between 11 am to 3 pm.
A key aspect of the festival is our exuberant Street Parade - one of the major drawcards of our festival!
Over 150 participants make up this fantastic performance with a multitude of colours, characters, rhythms and floats from Arabian, African, Indian, Chinese and Islander backgrounds. These cultures depict a few of the many nationalities in our community and showcase the cultural diversity we enjoy here in the City of Canterbury.
Come along cheer on the wonderful talents on show from our local entertainers, schools, bands, community groups, and emergency service organisations.
Your opportunity to take part in the Parade!
We're still looking for local multicultural community groups, schools and entertainers to take part in our historic parade to make it even bigger this year. For community groups or local schools who wish to be a part of the Haldon Street Festival Parade, contact us on 9789 9300 or:
Join in all the fun at the Pharmacy 4 Less stall on festival day with great specials, sample bags, balloons, face Painting, free ear piercing, lucky door prize and giveaways! Plus, Symbio Wildlife Park will be coming to Lakemba, and is your chance to get up close and meet some cuddly and slithery friends from Symbio Wildlife Park. And, the Australian Federal Police will be joining in at the Festival, providing information on careers in the AFP, cyber-safety, the National Security Hotline, plenty of great give aways, and a chance to meet and chat with Sydney-based Agents.
During the festival Haldon Street transforms into an Arabian Bazaar providing open space for pedestrian traffic, dining, roving entertainment, amusement rides and over 80 stalls full of international and gourmet food, merchandise, jewellery and produce.
The World on Your Plate!
You can put the world on your plate - with food stalls offering treats from a wide range of cuisines including Malaysian, Fijian, Indian, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, North African, and the Cook Islands.
Plus there will be the traditional festival favourites, including gozleme, tabouleh, hummus, baba ghanoush, & kebbeh. There'll also be an array of sweets on offer, including Baklawa, halawet al jeben & the delicious znoud el sit. Plus, there'll be treats for kids of all ages - from freshly spun fairy floss, colourful snow cones and steaming-hot sweet corn to fluffy dessert pancakes.
The Haldon Street Festival has evolved to become a landmark event for our local businesses, residents and visitors. This festival continues to bring our community together in a celebration promoting Lakemba and the theme of the festival - 'Respect, Unity & Peace'.
The festival draws approximately 25,000 people to the heart of Lakemba's Town Centre, Haldon Street. It's here where audiences experience the ambience of unique international cuisines, diverse cultures and great community spirit in a fun filled atmosphere.
Now in its 13th year, the Haldon Street Festival is the vibrant centrepiece of our annual events program, and we take great pride in this annual opportunity to showcase the diversity in our City.
The Haldon Street Festival takes place in the heart of eclectic Lakemba on Haldon Street and near the Boulevarde.
A number of public transport options are available, including train and bus. On street parking is also available on surrounding streets.
For more information
Canterbury City Council
137 Beamish Street
Campsie NSW 2194
Tel: 9789 9300
Fax: 9789 1542
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