The Festival

BE PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS, FUN AND FESTIVITIES

Bring the family along and help pull a huge colourfully decorated wooden chariot through the streets of Brisbane city.   Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, music, market stalls, delicious foods, a ‘free’ meal and much more!

WHAT’S ON

  • The people of Brisbane will help to pull a huge wooden chariot through the streets of Brisbane
  • Enjoy live music, on stage performances, dancing and much more
  • Take in a broad range of interesting and diverse market stalls
  • Entertain the kids with face painting and other fun activities
  • Experience a wonderful selection of delicious Indian delicacies
  • Soak up the brilliant colours, flavours and culture of India
  • Find a seat, relax and enjoy a sumptuous ‘free lunch’ of Indian favourites

TIME TABLE

11.30am
Everyone will assemble in King George Square to help pull the chariot through the streets.

Route:  Adelaide, Edward, Queen and Creek Streets, returning to the square via Adelaide Street

12.30 – 4.00pm
Festival activities in King George Square

STAGE PROGRAM

12:30 PM  RAGAS – CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC BY YATRA

12:45 PM   OPENING CEREMONY

12:55 PM   BHARATNATIAM – CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE BY KEERTHANA

1:00 PM   MRIDANGA DEMONSTRATION BY GOVARDHAN DHARI & FRIENDS

1:10 PM   THE JOURNEY – DRAMA & DANCE KIDS PRESENTATION

1:20 PM   SONGS OF THE SOUL BY NICK COLLINS

1:30 PM   QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE – TALK

1:40 PM   DJ DAN & FRIENDS – LIVE MUSIC

2:00 PM   FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS – TALK

2:10 PM   THE GITA – DRAMA

2:30 PM  RAGAS – CLASSICAL INDIAN MUSIC BY YATRA

2:45 PM    MRIDANGA DEMONSTRATION BY GOVARDHAN DHARI & FRIENDS

2:55 PM   SONGS OF THE SOUL BY NICK COLLINS

3:05 PM   FOLK DANCE BY KEERTHANA

3:15 PM    KRISHNA FARM – TALK

3:20 PM   TRANSCENDANCE – LIVE MUSIC

3:40 PM   SACRED SOUNDS – KIRTAN MUSIC

3:55 PM   THANK YOU & GOODBY

PARADE LEAVES KING GEORGE SQUARE AT 11:30 AM
FESTIVAL AT KING GEORGE SQUARE BRISBANE FROM 12:30 PM TO 4 PM

The Story

The chariot festival of Lord Jagannatha (the Lord of the Universe) originated 5,000 years ago in India on the East Coast of Orissa, in a city called Jagannath Puri.

This festival involves taking the deities of Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra on hand-drawn chariots through the streets. On this day the deities come out of the temple to offer blessings to all living entities. This festival is performed in a mood of love and devotion and evokes auspiciousness, harmony and good will for all!

The Festival of Chariots was introduced to the west in 1967 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness. This festival is now celebrated annually in major cities such as Moscow, New York, London, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Johannesburg and many more!

The parade has its basis on a famous story from the scriptures of India: Krishna, playing the role of a rich, powerful king, ventures on His chariot with a secret notion to return to the place of His sweet memories, where He lived as a child growing up in a rural cowherd village. On the way He pauses to rest his horses and some old former village friends discover Him. They pick up the ropes that yoke the horses to His grand chariot and affectionately force Him to return with them to His old home.

 

The Festival of Chariots is organised by a dedicated group of volunteers who all belong to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), also well known through their charity arm – The Hare Krishna Food for Life. A passionate and talented group of people, they have already had experience with other major festivals like the Golden Moon Festival in Forest Lake, Spring Flare in St Lucia and the Le Carnaval Spirituel travelling show.

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