Experience a taste of modern India at the MCG
With the Australia vs India four-Test Series well underway, the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia have joined forces to celebrate the coming together of modern India and Melbourne at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Grounds’ (MCG) with the Indian Summer Festival 2018.
Free and open to all, the festival will take place on December 23, 26 and 27 and will bring together fans from both cricketing nations, just in time for the historic Boxing Day Test Match.
Exciting features of the festival include:
- Appearances from the Australian and Indian men’s teams on 23 December
- Live music from international music talent
- Modern Indian street art painted by Indian and Melbournian artists
- Kid-friendly cricket activities
- Some of the best modern Indian food in Australia
- An open-air cinema screen showing short Bollywood films and music
There will be a huge line-up of live music as well, featuring performances from local and international artists including Ecca Vandal, Pav Dharia, L-FRESH the Lion, Humble the Poet, Raxstar and Pavvan.
With over 240,000 people of Indian ancestry currently living in Melbourne, the MCG and Yarra Park is set draw huge crowds in celebration of the start of the third test match on Boxing Day, 2018.
This year, India and Australia are battling it out over the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, a regular competition since 1996, where India are the current and most successful title holder, having won the trophy a total of eight times.
The series is named after Australia’s Allan Border and India’s Sunil Gavaskar, who both scored over 10,000 test runs in their career and captained their respective teams.
Anyone can attend the Indian Summer Festival; there is no need to hold a valid ticket to the MCG matches.
Dates & times:
Sunday December 23, 2018, 10am – 5pm;
Wednesday December 26, 2018, 10am – 9pm;
Thursday December 27, 2018, 10am – 9pm
Location: Yarra Park, outside Gate 3 at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds