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THE FESTIVAL

The Swan Festival of Lights (SFOL) has become a key event on the Perth cultural calendar, eagerly anticipated each year by a crowd of over 25,000 people who flock from overseas and interstate and from the many diverse communities that live in Perth and Western Australia over its three day duration. SFOL has become a flagship event on the Perth cultural calendar having gained a reputation as a distinctive, high-quality event, noted especially for its inclusiveness and friendliness.

The Festival of Lights which is a key festival and celebration observed by Indians worldwide. Deepavali is a festival symbolising the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Many mythological explanations exist for this festival. At SFOL, Deepavali stands for the reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship, religious tolerance, and a celebration of the joys of life through the presentation of Indian fine arts and culture to the public of Western Australia while also promoting Western Australia’s multiculturalism through Perth’s rich, diverse and renowned performing artistes. SFOL has become synonymous with Deepavali amongst the Indian diaspora in Perth and is widely considered by all Perth communities and the Government agencies as a key Indian festival event for the celebration.

 

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Your Hosts


 

SFOL is managed by the Annalakshmi on the Swan and Saraswati Mahavidyalaya Institute Inc. We are a recognised not for profit endorsed charitable status by ACNC, and run by volunteers.

 

Your Hosts


 

SFOL is managed by the Annalakshmi on the Swan and Saraswati Mahavidyalaya Institute Inc. We are a recognised not for profit endorsed charitable status by ACNC, and run by volunteers.

 

ANNALAKSHMI

Annalakshmi on the Swan has been serving Perth sumptuous Indian vegetarian cuisine for over a decade. Almost a household name, Annalakshmi is an alcohol free restaurant with a unique concept of enabling and encouraging volunteers to serve patrons with the motto, “Guest is God” (Athithi Devo Bhava).

Food is essential for one’s existence. However one is limited by the amount one can consume. Annalakshmi welcomes guests from all walks of life where one pays what his/her heart feels. This facilitates the generosity of some to do a noble deed of providing for the less fortunates through the services of Annalakshmi.

The secret behind Annalakshmi’s mouth-watering food is that it is prepared by experienced and skilled vegetarian cooks dedicated to this ethos.

Annalakshmi On the Swan has, since its inception, been a strong advocate of eating for your health, organizing cooking classes, cooking demonstrations and talks on health and wellness.

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Saraswati mahavidhyalaya (SMV)

Over the past 25 years, SMV along with its sister organisation TFA (Temple of Fine Arts) have been a sanctuary for culture and performing arts since our inception, by Swami Shantanand Saraswathi.

SMV is dedicated to the promotion of culture and the fine arts in Australia and beyond; transcending age, cultural, social and geographical boundaries. SMV follows the principle of ‘Arts for Art’s sake’ and ‘Serving humanity through arts, culture and education’, and it has strived to make arts and culture accessible to all. SMV works on the principle of collaboration and inclusiveness and we regularly work with artistes within the cultural community of Australia on joint works and productions. SMV and TFA through performances, workshops and classes have contributed significantly in educating and exposing art lovers everywhere to dance, music, culture and heritage. SMV and TFA have staged internationally acknowledged dance and music productions such as Swan Lake, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady White Snake, Ramayana, The Legend of Mahsuri, Naad Brahma over the last 25 years in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, India and the USA

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Supporters


 

We're grateful for the support received from our awesome sponsors and well-wishers, and would not be able to put up a festival of this scale without them.

 

And that includes you too!

 

Supporters


 

We're grateful for the support received from our awesome sponsors and well-wishers, and would not be able to put up a festival of this scale without them.

 

And that includes you too!

 


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