About Australia Fest

Beginning in September 2018, the Australian Government will present Australia Fest – a festival of Australian culture and creativity across India.

Foreign relations are not just about political dialogues and trade delegations, as important as they are, but also about forming cultural connections between peoples. 


People-to-people links are vital to promoting mutual understanding and respect between Australia and India. To bridge the imaginations of our two communities, it is important that we continue to build these links across a range of areas.

By showcasing a contemporary, creative, diverse and innovative Australia to Indian audiences, Australia Fest will help build mutual understanding that will pave the way towards greater cooperation and a richer partnership between our two countries.

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Foreign Minister’s message

Australia Fest in India is a major initiative to engage Indian communities with Australian culture and creativity.


The Australia-India relationship is warm and enduring, and a high priority for both governments. Our partnership has strengthened significantly over recent decades, with growing connections in arts and culture, science and innovation, health, water man


Senator The Hon Marise Payne

Australian Minister For Foreign Affairs

High Commissioner's Message

Australia and India have long been described as natural partners. We share a relationship that has expanded and deepened enormously over the past few years – a partnership that is based on the solid foundation of our economic and strategic cooperation. The growth of the Indian diaspora in Australia over the past decade has brought our peoples closer together than ever.


Australia Fest is a unique


He Ms Harinder Sidhu

Australian High Commissioner To India

"I invite you to experience the diversity and dynamism of Australian culture. Come, see and engage with Australia, in your city and through our online platforms, and see what we have to offer. " - Australia's High Commissioner to India, HE Ms Harinder Sidhu

Messages from the Festival Ambassadors

“Initiatives such as Australia Fest will be incredibly significant in fostering cultural ties between India and Australia and therefore in strengthening and enriching the relationship overall. I’m particularly excited in being involved in this year’s event with my book that examines the influence of India’s vibrant magical traditions on popular culture globally.”


Gary Mehigan

Masterchef Australia Judge And Australia Fest Ambassador

“Initiatives such as Australia Fest will be incredibly significant in fostering cultural ties between India and Australia and therefore in strengthening and enriching the relationship overall. I’m particularly excited in being involved in this year’s event with my book that examines the influence of India’s vibrant magical traditions on popular culture globally.”


John Zubrzycki

Renowned Australian Author

"Australia Fest offers this fantastic opportunity to Indians to experience Australian culture and creativity. I had the good fortune of studying in Australia and it changed my complete perspective towards life. I am delighted to be on board as Australia Fest Ambassador to launch this great initiative that celebrates India and Australia relationship."


Raghav Sachar

Well Known Music Composer And Australian Alumnus