Located in the heart of Austin, there is no location better suited for the South Asian New Year Festival than Zilker Park. Considered "Austin's most-loved park", this 351-acre park is home to a variety of recreational opportunities and special events for individuals and families.
The Hillside Theatre is inside the park and boasts lush grounds with a stage equipped for a large dance company or a live band.
The South Asian New Year Festival, or "Pohela Boishakh", is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its 18th year, The South Asian New Year Festival draws over 5,000 people each year.
The South Asian New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, is based on a solar calendar introduced in North India over 400 years ago by the Mogul Emperor Akbar. Corresponding to the harvest and the beginning of the financial year, the new year is a seminal event in South Asian social and cultural life. It is a time of happiness and joy, and for celebrations and feasting. In Central Texas, the rapidly growing South Asian community has enthusiastically kept its traditions alive, sharing its heritage with the community at large.
The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna & more - this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian Culture.
TEXAS BENGALI CULTURAL ALLIANCE
Established in 2005, Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance (TBCA) is a non-profit organization aiming to preserve, practice, and promote the South Asian artistic and cultural heritage while introducing South Asian traditions to the ethnic diversity that is shaping our region.
TBCA is committed to playing a significant role in the enhancement and education of ethnic arts and culture in our community. We aim to collaborate and participate with all organizations and efforts who are in kind with this spirit.