AN annual Hindu festival will shift to Joondalup this year, raising money for a Wangara-based charity.
Organisers from the Sweet Melodies band have changed the venue for the Navrang Festival to HBF Arena after hosting it in Balcatta since 2011.
The festival will run over three nights – October 1, 7 and 8 – with proceeds donated to charity.
Band member Lalit Doolabh, of Darch, said they were taking a huge step shifting to the bigger venue after previous events sold out.
“The maximum capacity that HBF Arena allows is 1500 people; that’s huge, so we’re hoping to sell as many tickets as possible,” he said.
“Wheelchairs for Kids has been selected as the charity that we will be donating to.”
Last year, the band donated more than $7300 to the Ear Science Institute to buy a wave audiometer and another $3500 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA for a pressure mattress.
Mr Doolabh said the band, which hosts and performs voluntarily at each Navrang Festival, had donated about $64,000 since it started the event in 2011.
The festival aligns with the Hindu Navratri festival, when people dance to cultural or religious songs and women fast for nine days to honour goddesses.
For tickets, call 0438 903 667 or visit www.sweetmelodies.com.au.