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By Sarah Ward
June 24, 2017

LOCALE Festival: Stories of the People and Places of Cumberland

A new arts, culture and food festival for Sydney’s west.
By Sarah Ward
June 24, 2017

Come July 14 to 24, Sydney's west is the place to be. That's when the brand new LOCALE Festival takes over the Cumberland area, both showering the district in art, performance, food, workshops and more, and showcasing the best in culture that the community has to offer.

Across a largely free program, that includes a Bollywood-inspired party, a 1930s Shanghai-style community banquet, tours dedicated to significant Indigenous sites, Turkish cuisine and culture, and Middle Eastern cooking, and a picnic in the park with Auburn's refugee community. Revelling in the diversity of the region is the aim — and with a day of Filipino food and fun, Jerusalem street eats from The Bearded Bakers and a Jollof Rice cooking comp on the agenda too, it's one LOCALE looks set to achieve.

Or, learn about picking and preserving vegetables, salting fish, making reusable beeswax wraps and whipping up basic kitchen medicines, because this fest wants you to pick up a few new skills — for free — as well. Plus there'll also be two days of pop-up doggy cafes, photobooths and just general pooch get-togethers, and Liam Benson's all-ages Sweet Shoes workshops, where you'll decorate your footwear and eat lollies.

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