Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11, 2012
Indiafest, one of the most anticipated annual cultural events, will be held on Saturday, March 10th from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, March 11th from 11am to 5pm at Wickham Pavilion, Melbourne. The theme is a celebratory one – “Festivals of India” which promises to bring a festive atmosphere to the grounds. India is a land of festivals and fairs comprising of a variety of religions and is a land deeply steeped in tradition. People celebrate and find harmony in this immense cultural diversity. Celebrating festivals is the time to meet family and friends. The sights of many festivals bring about bright colors, illuminated houses, music and dancing, depicting regional differences coupled with India’s unwavering enthusiasm. Outfitted with traditional dresses, elaborate meals and sweets with family and friends, and sharing with the poor, is a part of the customs.
Started 16 years ago, with a curious and humble effort of an ethnic community, today Indiafest is a symbol of cultural enrichment in Brevard County. The general consensus is that it is a very well run festival getting bigger and better with a fresh and new look year after year. This uniqueness comes from the fact that a different theme is presented each year showing the unique aspects of India’s culture, history and traditions.
Another factor that puts this festival apart is its commitment to philanthropy and community service. Its vision and purpose is one of cultural education through entertainment and to support charities. Indiafest is a volunteer run, not for profit, cultural organization, known for its charitable efforts to several local charities, including the parent organization, Manav Mandir, and aid in disaster recovery, nationally and internationally. Charities supported are: Daily Bread, Yellow Umbrella, Serene Harbor, Jess Parrish Auxiliary, 1998 Florida Fire Victims, The Hope Center, Orissa Cyclone Victims in India, 1999 Hurricane Floyd Victims, Early Intervention Program, Crosswinds Project, The Spot Light Theater, The 2001 Earthquake Victims in Gujarat, India, The Sept. 11th Disaster in New York City, Bright Star for Grieving Children, the Tsunami victims, Cancer Care, The Hindu Temple, 2004 Hurricane Victims, IASC, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, 2005 SE Asia Earthquake, Troubled Teenagers’ Organization, and the Miami Bridge Youth Home. Still fresh in everyone’s mind, in 2010 efforts to help earthquake victims of Haiti raised $225,000 to benefit Ruska Village Orphanage, and in March 2011, the Indiafest committee proudly presented “The Indiafest Brevard Endowment” award of $100,000 to Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). The Endowment is a product of funds the organization accumulated as part of its “rainy day” fund. It is anticipated that the returns from the Endowment will provide financial assistance to one Brevard student per year.
Indiafest caters to all age groups with hands on activities for the youths and mouth watering Indian cuisine for all to enjoy. The Discover India Booth will carry the theme of the event with very colorful displays of the various festivals of India. Audiences will be entertained with live traditional Indian music from the Sitar,Tabla, Santoor, and Harmoniuma. Yoga and Zumba demonstrations will also be presented live on stage and then the stage will come alive with traditional folk, classical, and modern Indian dances while the fashion show will be the highlight of the day. Vendors will be selling jewelry, rich colorful ethnic garments, arts and crafts, music and videos. One can indulge in the temporary body art of exotic Henna designs, and live food demonstrations with easy to make recipes.
This is a festival for everyone and a wonderful cultural experience for the whole family. The concept of universal brotherhood encompasses all the festivals and India’s warm hospitality and infectious spirit attract people from all over the world to take part in them. So, come join us at Indiafest and celebrate with us the “Festivals of India” on Saturday, March 10 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, March 11th from 11am to 5pm at the Wickham Pavilion and be. Tickets are $4 adults, $1 children under 12, and free for children under 5.
Please visit www.indiafestbrevard.org for more information.