• Bengali New Year Festival 2019 Sat 23 Mar

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The Boishakhi Mela (Bengali New Year Festival) is back for the fourth year at ANZ Stadium. Bangabandhu Council Australia, a leading not-for-profit organisation of Australia’s Bengali community, has been organising Boishakhi Mela in Sydney since 1993. It is one of the biggest and best multicultural events hosted by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority since 2006, presently attracting over 20,000 visitors. 

Over the last two decades, this event has not only overgrown the capacity of the Athletic Centre, its home-ground for last 10 years, but has also surpassed the generally accepted standards in its presentation, quality of entertainment and community involvement, bringing it on par with major Australian events. 

Embracing the evolving state-of-the-art technologies, attracting scores of dignitaries from both sides of politics, drawing on community and Australian media, patrons, and exercising the highest level of professionalism, the organisers have proudly brought the event into this world class venue.

Event Schedule

Time Activity
12:00PM Gates Open
10:00PM Event Concludes
10:15PM End of Festival Firework Display

TRANSPORT INFORMATION

TOP TIPS

  • Please plan your trip to arrive early and soak in the atmosphere of this cultural celebration with food and craft stalls, performances and amusement rides on offer.
  • To plan your trip visit the Transport for NSW event day event page here.

 

TRAINS

The closest station to ANZ Stadium is Olympic Park however trains will not be running between Lidcombe and Olympic Park during the event. Instead, make your way to Strathfield where express trains will run to Olympic Park.

Express services will run every 15 minutes between Circular Quay and Olympic Park, stopping at all stations between Central and Homebush, then Olympic Park. The last service leaves Olympic Park at midnight.

  • Please note: the Epping to Chatswood rail line has been temporarily closed for upgrades ahead of the Sydney Metro Northwest services begin in May 2019. The high-frequency bus service, Station Link, replaces trains between Epping and Chatswood.

Trackwork is taking place from 02:00 Saturday 23 March until 02:00 Monday 25 March and may affect how you travel to and from the event.

  • T1 North Shore Line: Buses replace trains between Hornsby and North Sydney or Wynyard.
  • T2 Inner West & Leppington Line: Homebush trains run between the City and Homebush, then continue to Olympic Park.
  • T7 Olympic Park Line: Trains will not run between Lidcombe and Olympic Park. Change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.

For further timetable information, click here.

For the most up-to-date information on trackwork and replacement services, please click here.

BUSES

Sydney Buses services are running to a regular Saturday timetable. For more information see bus maps and operator information.

  • Route 525 runs between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Route 526 runs from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf to Olympic Park.

To plan your trip click here.  

CAR

For those planning to drive you can pre-book parking via:

  • Sydney Olympic Park Authority: Print your ticket at home by clicking here. Please note: pre-booked parking tickets cannot be booked on the day of the event.
  • Ticketek: Order your tickets by clicking here or calling 132 849. Please note: These can only be collected from Ticketek agencies. 

Please note, a $15 flat rate applies to Bengali Festival patrons in P3 and P4 carparks.

Those who do plan to drive should allow plenty of time to get to Sydney Olympic Park, find a parking space and get to their seat for the game.

TRAFFIC

If you decide to drive, the below routes are advised and can help minimise traffic issues:

  • From the NORTH: Through Top Ryde, take Victoria Rd and then Silverwater Rd and Holker Street to Sydney Olympic Park.
  • From the SOUTH: Turn onto Parramatta Road then Hill Road to Sydney Olympic Park.
  • From the EAST: Take Parramatta Road then Bernie Avenue or Hill Road. If you are driving along Victoria Road, consider taking Silverwater Road then Holker Street.
  • From the WEST: Turn onto Silverwater Road then Holker Street or turn onto Hill Road, and then to Sydney Olympic Park.

Changed traffic conditions for the WestConnex project may also affect how you travel. For the latest updates visit WestConnex News.

REPORT ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

A patron text message service will operate for all events. If you experience any issues during an event, SMS 0419 403 360 with your issue and location.