IndiaFest Milwaukee will return Saturday at
- Vibrant traditional dress, authentic Indian cuisine,
and classical to contemporary music and dance come
together to celebrate Indian culture at the free
IndiaFest Milwaukee, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. It
all takes place in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.
the past four years, the outdoor festival focused
entirely on India has drawn 43,000 people, continually
growing. More than 140 youth and adult volunteers have
dedicated their time to the event and more than 1,700
participants have showcased their talents at the
is no better way for families and friends to learn about
Indian culture,” said Purnima Nath, founder,
chairwoman and president of Spindle India Inc., a
nonprofit organization that produces the event.
goal is to weave India’s colorful cultural threads
into the rich multicultural tapestry of American
culture,” she said.
has 29 states and seven union territories. Each has a
unique combination of language, traditions, religion,
clothing and history.
daylong event opens with a welcome ceremony observing
the 71st Independence Day of India.
and dance performances will illustrate various cultures
in the Indian states. Musicians will use traditional and
contemporary instruments to perform a variety of styles
as well as a fusion of styles. The famous Bollywood
singer and music producer Ali Pervez Mehdi along with
his team will be the entertainment highlight.
addition, Wisconsin Indian Singing Idol, a singing
competition launched by Spindle India at the 2015
IndiaFest Milwaukee, will continue to recognize local
may watch a glamour fashion show and see Indian dress
up-close in displays of the Indian states. Eventgoers
may also learn how to tie a turban or sari.
of the best restaurants and providers from the Milwaukee
and Chicago areas will offer a variety of menu items.
available range from dosas, similar to crepes or
pancakes, to chaats, savory snacks often sold from food
carts in India, to biriyanis, rice-based dishes with
vegetables or chicken. Beer, other adult beverages and
nonalcoholic beverages will also be available for
vendors will offer unique products and services from
colorful exotic arts, clothing and jewelry to temporary
hand-painted henna designs.
the flavor of the festival, visit indiafestmilwaukee.org.