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Cherry Blossom Festival in full bloom

ONE of Australia’s most photographed, natural and instagrammable cultural events, the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival will be making a comeback to Auburn Botanic Gardens this month.

The festival – August 20-28 – will showcase the Auburn Botanic Gardens while paying homage to Japan’s traditions, music, pop culture and food, all while capturing the hearts of thousands as the Cherry Blossoms burst into colour across the grounds.
Cumberland Mayor Lisa Lake invites everyone to enjoy what she says is “one of council’s biggest and most iconic festivals”, with tickets now on sale.
The festival theme is centred around ‘Love, Peace and Blossoms’ and focuses on mindfulness, feeling good and savouring the beauty of mother nature.
Festival favourite Hello Kitty will be returning with a new line-up of fun activities at the new Hello Kitty Garden Party area on the weekends. Go along and meet Hello Kitty and get your photo taken “with the cutest Kitty in town”, take part in her garden party activities, face painting and hello kitty themed arts and crafts.
There will also be a 9-Hole Putt Putt Course with live DJs and Sakura Mocktail Bar.
The fun doesn’t stop there. Festival goers are also encouraged to bring their dancing shoes and join the Flower Rave – an energising, power packed dance held every morning at the Flower Power Stage, before experiencing Yu Ni On Taiko – a high spirited Japanese drum blended with percussive sounds and festive song and dance.
Tickets are free for Cumberland residents and $10 for visitors. Bookings: oztix.com.au.