Free and open to all at Yarra Park, outside Gate 5 at the MCG
The Indian Summer Festival is a celebration of modern India. An expressive, free thinking, creative and open minded India – the India of today.
The FREE three day festival is built upon five shared cultural pillars that unite modern India and modern Melbourne: Food, Music, Art, Film and Cricket. Attendees will be able to enjoy live music from an array of international music talent, modern Indian street art painted by Indian and Melbournian artists, a host of family cricket activities, along with some of the best modern Indian food in Australia and even an open-air cinema screen showing short Bollywood films and music.
The Indian Summer Festival, a collaboration between the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia, will launch for the Bupa Family Day on the 23rd December, which will see both the Indian Test Team and the Australian Test Team making an appearance on stage – be sure to bring your autograph books! The main festival days will then coincide with the Domain Boxing Day Test Match vs India on the 26th and 27th December.
The festival is open to anyone and everyone, there is no need to have a ticket to the Test match – if you want to experience modern Indian culture you can attend.
The festival opening times are:
Sunday 23rd December: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 26th December: 10am – 9pm
Thursday 27th December: 10am – 9pm
Come and share moments of modern India with friends and family this summer.
”The social fabric of Indian society is undergoing dramatic changes. Changes that are redefining the concept of identity among younger Indians, and reshaping the role of traditional Indian values. Creativity is becoming a real opportunity for Indians to find their individuality and express themselves in their own way.”
“Modern India promotes respect and acknowledgement for traditional Indian values and heritage, but it is less inclined to let these traditions define its decisions; it is now more open minded, creative and free thinking”
E. Dawson Varughese, Lecturer
Cricket is an integral part of both India and Australia’s cultural fabric. The most popular sport in each country, cricket unifies both nations in a way that no other sport can. Cricket is a central pillar of the Indian Summer Festival. Held alongside the Domain Boxing Day Test, the festival will celebrate all things cricket. Highlights include an appearance by the Indian and Australian cricket teams at the Bupa Family Day, offering fans the chance to get up close and personal with the players, guest appearances by Australian and Indian cricketing legends and our very own version of Azad Maidan – a free play cricket area where attendees can grab a bat and ball and play some cricket.
Jolimont Station - Hurstbridge or South Morang lines.
Richmond Station - Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.
No. 75 (City-Vermont South)
No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn)
No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park)
The Bus route 273 stops on Punt Road, just a six hit away from the ground.
Taxis are available from the ground at the conclusion of each event.
Click here for travel information for the MCG.