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IACAII was born in early 1970s with a small group of friends coming together to celebrate various festivities. This helped them stay connected with their roots, maintain their rich Indian heritage and educate children about their culture. As the numbers grew, this informal group of friends became an informal association and then a formalised association which is known today as the Indian Australian Cultural Association of Illawarra, Inc. (IACAII).
Each year, more and more people call Australia home. As of 2021, with approximately 785,000 people declaring Indian ancestry, India is now the second biggest source of migrants to Australia. Our community continues to grow South of Sydney as well. This is well recognised by the communities across the country with more and more local councils and governments encouraging and actively participating in our festivities especially Deepavali. The year 2022 will always be marked as a milestone in this regard with first ever celebration of Deepavali by His Excellency the Governor-General and Mrs Linda Hurley at his home, the Government House, Canberra.
IACAII continues to be a great source of enjoyment and cultural education to several hundred people every year in this part of the world. As every other year, over the last 12 months, IACAII has hosted/organised Holi celebration, India's Independence Day, Deepavali and many other events. IACAII is at a stage where the demand for our Deepavali function tickets is much more than what our current venue can accommodate. IACAII is always looking for ways to make our programs a better experience. A lot of emphasis is placed on the quality of programs, entertainment, facilities and of course, the food.
Every voluntary association relies on its volunteers. Most of our volunteers are also our advertisers/supporters. IACAII continues to encourage our community members and local businesses to support IACAII without which we cannot offer better programs.
IACAII continues to send email newsletters, announcements and photos as well as where relevant, uploads these on this website from time to time. Sincere efforts are made to send emails to all community members that are on our email database with all local events, news and other relevant information.
Current President: Dr Sharad Tamhane