Haftsin table at Powerhouse Ultimo. Photographer Ken Leanfore
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Nowruz 2023

March 18 – April 2 2023, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate Nowruz 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo through cultural talks, folk music and traditional arts such as dance, poetry and storytelling.

Sizdah Be-Dar 2023

2 April 2023, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate Sizdah-Bedar 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo with music, an annual backgammon competition and traditional stories and histories centred in Persian culture.


On now – 3 June 2023

Unpopular draws stories of the alternative music scene of the 1990s from the never-before-seen archive of record company founder Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic.
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Finished 19 March 2022
Powerhouse Ultimo

Celebrate multicultural Nowrouz in 2022 at Powerhouse Ultimo.

Nowrouz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. Celebrated for over 3000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Middle East, it promotes peace and solidarity between generations and within families, as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness.

This year’s program highlights the significance of Nowrouz among Iranian, Uyghur, Kazakh and other cultures of greater Sydney through talks, traditional folk music, classical music and traditional dance, and poetry and storytelling. The program includes a traditional Persian New Year Haftsin table setting in the Powerhouse cafe. The cafe will also offer a Persian menu prepared by Shila Kitchen.

In partnership with the Persian Film Festival Australia, the Powerhouse celebrates the cinema of Iran and the Persian-speaking world by showcasing some of the best films screened by the Persian Film Festival in the past decade. The program runs from 19 March to 2 April 2022 at the Kings Cinema at Powerhouse Ultimo.

Nowrouz is concluded with Sizdehbedar (Nature Day), a day to celebrate Mother Nature outdoors on 2 April each year.

This year, the Powerhouse is celebrating Nowrouz in partnership with the Persian community of Western Sydney, the Consulate General of India Sydney and Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre Sydney, the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Sydney, Persian Film Festival Australia, Cadrys, the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), and Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults Iran, Silk Roads @ UNSW and the Australian Zoroastrian Association of NSW.




10am: Welcome to Country


10.30am: Welcome from the Powerhouse
10.35am: Welcome from community leader, Dr. Mehrassa Farjad
10.45am: Presentation on the significance of Nowrouz among Zoroastrian community
11.15am: Eishan Ensemble
12:00pm: Presentation of the significance of Nowrouz in Iranian culture
12.20pm: Hathor Dance Studio
1.00pm-2.00pm: Lunch Break
2.00pm: Presentation on the significance of Nowrouz in Uyghur culture, dance and poetry
2.30pm: Presentation on the significance of Nowrouz in Kazakhstan, dance and poetry
3:00pm: Nostalgia Ensemble
3:30pm: Presentation on the significance of Nowrouz in Tatar culture
4:00pm: Nowrouz in Tajikistan documentary screening

Powerhouse Cafe

10am-5pm: Haftsin table
10am-5pm: Persian food in the cafe by Shila Kitchen
11am: Persian Storytelling
12pm: Persian Storytelling

3-5pm: DJ Arman

Kings Cinema

10.30am: Documentary and Experimental Film Centre, Nowrouz in Tajikistan documentary screening and Nowrouz Tehran’s Time
2.30pm: Persian Film Festival, I Want to be a King

For all ages. This is a free drop-in program; no bookings are required. Films in the Kings Cinema are unclassified and suitable for ages 15+.