INDIAN ASSOCIATION NEWCASTLE
The association was established in Newcastle in1972 by the name “India Club Newcastle”. In 1979, it was renamed as “Indian Association Newcastle”. With an ever increasing migration since that time, the association has grown bigger each year. It is a non-profit organisation representing the interests of Hunter residents with an Indian Heritage.
The association promotes the vibrant diversity inherent to Indian culture in art, music, dance and culinary skills. It not only provides a platform to showcase Indian art and culture but also endeavors to foster healthy networking among its membership. At the same time, IAN recognizes the importance of its members adapting well to the Australian way of life as critical to their social and emotional well-being. Our members form a considerable proportion of professionals as well as small business owners who have made a new home in Australia. The members of the association form a significant workforce in the region in various industries including mining, software, health and education.
The association organises a number of cultural functions throughout the year. The major annual function is the Independence Day Celebrations which take place on a Saturday in the 3rd week in August. This year it was held on 17th August at Panthers Newcastle. Over 700 people attended the programme. The notable dignitaries included Mr Arun Goel, the Consul-General from Sydney, Mayor Peter Blackmore of Maitland and Mayor Bruce Mackenzie of Port Stephens. The programme included a variety of dances performed by local talents and choreographers.