Matsuri in Sydney 2014

Matsuri in Sydney is a Japanese festival held every year to celebrate Japanese culture and cross cultural friendship between the Japanese and Australian people. This event is for everyone who loves Japan as much as we do – and we hope to continue introducing Japan and spreading interest in Japan.

This event was founded back in 2006, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Japan and Australia’s friendship. Since then, Sydney’s Japanese community have been working hard to host a traditional style Matsuri, making this event a Summer staple for Sydneysiders.

The Matsuri in Sydney held back in December, 2012 was a warm up event for Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year in 2013, and saw 16,000 people at the event. The event last year then saw over 20,000 people, making it the biggest Matsuri in Sydney yet. On top of that, in 2013, Tokyo City joined Matsuri in Sydney to publicise the incredible wonders of Tokyo by holding their own display stall as well as being apart of our on-stage program.

You will find many Japanese festival attractions at Matsuri in Sydney, including Japanese food stalls, beer garden, and gorgeous Japanese items. At our exhibition booths you will find traditional arts and crafts workshops with activities like Origami and calligraphy. Over on the stage you’ll find yourself entertained by traditional festival dancers, as well as karate and sumo demonstration, taiko performance and much more. We also offer exciting segments on stage such as the Yukata contest and Cosplay contest that involve our audience members.