Tuesday, 20 September 2016
The festival is part of the celebrations for the Hindu Navratri festival, which celebrates the nine different forms of the Goddess Durga.
Navrang Navratri is presented by Sweet Melodies, a 13-piece musical band of volunteers which was formed in 2011 to support local charities while celebrating Hindu religious festivals.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said Sweet Melodies offered outstanding entertainment while raising much-needed funds for important causes.
"Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse communities play a key role in raising money for charities and national disaster funds," Dr Nahan said.
"Spectacular community festivals like Navrang attract large numbers of people and are just one of the many advantages of living in a highly successful multicultural State such as WA.
"Over the last few years, the Sweet Melodies volunteers have raised funds for the Cancer Council WA, Ronald McDonald House Perth, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Ear Science Institute Australia, Lions Outback Vision, Diabetes WA and the Nepal earthquake disaster.
"Their fundraising work, while promoting their culture in our community, is invaluable."
This year's Navrang is raising funds for Wheelchairs for Kids, a charity which makes wheelchairs for impoverished, disabled children in under-resourced countries.
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