Ustad Usman Khan is a world renowned Sitar Maestro from Pune, India. Besides numerous concerts in India, Usmanji has performed and still performs in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, France, Italy and USA to name a few.
Usmanji draws freely from the Gayaki Ang and Tantu Ang, which are the two traditional approaches in Indian instrumental music. The result is a celestial harmonious outpouring of musical notes.
Usmanji has been conferred the title of Honorary International Dean of Temple of Fine Arts International, and is an acknowledged composer. His compositions for several dance ballets, produced by the Temple of Fine Arts International, have been acclaimed by critics and audiences not only in India but also abroad.
Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers
Roztiazhka Ukrainian Cossack Dancers is an independent dance company formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1991. The purpose of the company is to perform the genre of Ukrainian-Cossack and folk dance. The company is a non-profit, amateur, Australian dance company.
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV)
Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya (SMV) was established by our founder the late Swami Shantanand Saraswati (Swamiji) to expand the scope of the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA) to promote art and culture in various forms, and knowledge in general, with the same ethos of ‘art for art's sake’ and service to the community through the arts and culture.
Since 1981, TFA had been instrumental in spreading Indian art and culture by organising festivals and producing and presenting world-renowned Indian artistes in performance and workshop structures. SMV has taken up this mantle, and offers classes performing arts, in the dance styles of Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kathak, folk and Bollywood, and music classes in Carnatic (South Indian) vocal, veena, tabla, sarod, harmonium, piano and guitar. Expanding in its capacity, it has also been running classes in visual art, languages, and Indian and Asian vegetarian cooking, including cooking classes for the visually impaired.
SMV has also organised and hosted many events around Perth, such as Swan Festival of Lights and Culture Box at Beaufort and concerts by world-class artistes like Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Dr. L Subramaniam and extending into intercultural exchange with artists like African/American dancer and choreographer Olivier Tarpaga.
As part of SMV’s dedication to promote harmony through culture, SMV has worked with various cultural groups to produce collaborative works, as well as providing studio space for other cultural groups and artistes to conduct their classes. Its black box theatre is also an official venue for events such as the Fringe World Festival.
The name is not only a team cry to strive and put all of one’s energy and focus into the drums, but the Japanese characters also resonate with the meaning “Sound of the Drum”. The members of this dynamic troupe have drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and come together to study and display their love of the Japanese drums to the wider Perth audience.
On October 28th Taiko On Perth 太鼓音 Presents Tohzai, featuring YuNiOn from Sydney Tohzai will showcase the best of local talent and highlight the disciplined and honed professionalism of International Taiko Artists with over 20 years experience. Get set for an energizing display of ensemble percussion with syncronised movements and infectious rhythms.
Representing Perth's Chinese groups is the Chung Wah Dance Company. The company was formed in 1980 with the objective of promoting and preserving Chinese culture within multicultural Australia. The troupe performs classical and contemporary Chinese dance including the 'Han' and folk dances from a number of Chinese provinces.
Chung Wah Dance has performed at a number of events including Chinese New Year and Oz Concert.
Encanto is the performance group from Casa Del Compás School of Spanish Dance. Casa Del Compas was formed by Spanish-born Farida Rabih.
A professional flamenco dancer for the past 21 years, Farida has performed with companies including Alegrias and Encanto. Farida has performed in numerous community, corporate and theatre productions and events throughout WA with top local musicians including Genevieve Wilkons, Mark Perozzi and Steve Richter and most recently Louise Conroy.
Charlesworth Ballet Institute
The Charlesworth Ballet Institute has an esteemed history that dates back to 1960. The Institute is recognised and acclaimed nationally & internationally for its training methods. CBI has produced dancers who have gone on to achieve careers throughout the world.
A rave in Hollywood today, this 5,000 year old Indian ritual is used for auspiciousness, health and beauty. Highly intricate designs decorate the hands of the Indian brides! Visit our Henna stall to sample your traditional Indian herbal tattoo art!
$5 for small design
$10 for large design
Artybrellas - Umbrella Decorating
Colourful fun for all ages; create your own masterpiece on a decorative umbrella you can take home! Decorate and paint your own white fabric umbrella with all sorts of colours and glitters. A favourite with the young and old at our Festival.
$15 / participant
Each participant is supplied with an umbrella and all art material for decoration.
Camel rides at the Quay
Come and enjoy a camel ride on the banks of the Swan River, available for all ages.
The Wadumbah Dance Group
The Wadumbah Dance Group have been showcasing Bibullmun culture from the South West for many years in the state of Western Australia and all over the world. They are proud to represent Australia overseas in different countries and to entertain and share this ancient culture with Australians on home ground. They do this through music, dance and storytelling!
Indonesia Jatayu Productions
Indonesia Jatayu Productions is an Indonesian culture dance performance group showcasing cultures across the Indonesian Archipelago through their dance and spectacular custom costumes.
Turbans and Trust
Turbans and Trust is a new initiative started by a couple of people around Australia. It was started in 2012 to give people an opportunity to learn a little bit about the significance of a turban and to then to use it as a vehicle to open up a conversation about people, faith, difference and community.
While the turban is a mandatory article of faith for a practicing Sikh, it is also something held in high esteem by many others cultures. Unfortunately due to certain events in the last decade, the turban has become an item associated with a threat, by some. Sikhs, being the most prominent turban wearers around the world, have borne the brunt of the backlash that has ensued against the turban.
Turbans and Trust hopes to turn that trend around, not just for Sikhs but for all people who are made to feel unwelcome because of what they wear. We are using the turban as a starting point not just because it is such an obvious signifier but also because it offers an opportunity for a personal encounter between two people. By unravelling the cloth together, we unravel preconceived notions. We then tie a fresh new turban, together.
Ustad Fareed Ayaz, Ustad Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Brothers
Fareed Ayaz, qawwal al-Hussaini Ghulam Fariduddin Ayaz al-Hussaini belongs to the best known gharana of Qawwali, namely: 'Qawwal Bachon ka Gharana' of Delhi. This, approximately 705 years old, was started by Saamat bin lbrahim, the principal student of Hazrat Amir Khusrau. This eminent Gahanna has produced famous Ustads like the late Ustad Tarns Khan, court musician, and tutor in classical music Itabrader Shah.
In the present generation of this Garahana are Fareed Ayaz al-Hussein and party, nationally and internationally acclaimed as one of the best Qawalls of the sub-continent.
Fareed Ayaz started his training in classical music at a tender age under the rigorous and critical tutelage of his late father Ustad Raziuddin, who himself was an outstanding classical musician and a recipient of the Pakistan President's Pride of Performance medal and was received many other honors from the Government of Pakistan. Fareed Ayaz is an accomplished musician in the genre of classical music and also in the traditional classical naag. He has been performing professionally for the last 30 years, and not only has performed extensively at the national and international level but has been a cultural representative for Pakistan at numerous Pakistani missions abroad. Fareed Ayaz and party have performed in the United Kingdom, U.S.A., France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Austria, India, Kenya, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Bangledesh, Croatia, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Belgium, Iran, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Jordan and many others.
Fareed Ayaz has total mastery over various genres of classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumria and dadra which he blends beautifully during his performances of Qawwali. His mastery over classical music was acclaimed at the all Pakistan music conference annual festival (Feb 2005 ), where he was invited to perform as a classical singer and not a Qawwal.
Belonging to the Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi, the pair and their relatives are the flag-bearers of Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana school of music. He performs various genres of Hindustani classical music such as dhrupad, khayal, tarana, thumri, and dadra. Ayaz leads the qawwal party with his younger brother, Ustad Abu Muhammad.
Bhangrology is a renown international brand has performed in 10 different countries in the past year alone. Headlined by Australia’s finest Indian DJ MixtaBishi, expect a fusion of the sounds of the East and the West, incorporating the beat of the powerful Punjabi Dhol drum.
West Coast Bhangra
West Coast Bhangra is Perth's first ever all-girls competitive team who believe in integrating their cultural roots from Punjab into their Australian lifestyle to maintain their connections to their culture. West Coast Bhangra also aims to inspire others to strengthen their Australian Indian identities through the means of Bhangra as well as to raise the level of Western Australia's bhangra involvement in the National Australian Bhangra scene.
All of our team members have a strong bhangra background and have also performed in different groups in Punjab. We have started our bhangra group in Perth in 2008 to represent the Sikh community finally naming our group as "BHANGRA RULEZ" in the last few years.
Punjabi Sath Perth - Gidha Group
The goal of our group is to showcase to the wider Australian community, rich cultural heritage of Punjab in the form of a traditional Punjabi folk dance – the Gidha. The Gidha is a display of flexibility, grace, and elegance of Punjabi women with fun and exuberance of Punjabi life straight from Punjab - the land of the five rivers. Our group consists of 21 Australian Punjabi girls, some who have very recently moved to Australia while some have been living in Perth from the past 25 years. The Gidha group has girls who are students, teachers, nurses, engineers, research scholars to Australian Government officials. We all believe dance is one of the best ways to bring people together and spread love and happiness.
Yoga Australia is a voluntary, not-for-profit association, incorporated in 1999 (originally known as the Yoga Teachers Association). Originally founded by a group of independent yoga teachers who recognised the need to bring yoga teachers together from all different traditions, styles and backgrounds, to provide mutual support and professional recognition of yoga in Australia. Today Yoga Australia is recognised as the peak body for Yoga in Australia. We strive to support our fellow yogis and ensure the sustainability and longevity of our industry in this country and around the globe.