The ancient nomads, the troubadours, the voyageurs of the Spice Trail are brought to vivid life in a carnival of music, dance, arts and colour. Travel back in time and immerse your family in the lifestyle and exquisite encampment of the nomads of a bygone era.

Tickets at the gate
$5 entry
kids under 5 free

  • Live Encampment
  • Choreographed Dance Show
  • Artisan Displays
  • Animal Pens
  • Henna Tattoo Artistry
  • Fortune Telling
  • Dance Workshops
  • Talisman and Amulet Lore
  • Natural Healing and Herbalism
  • Peg Doll Workshops for Children
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Historically Educational

Our story...

On and around the turn of the first millennium, several massive migratory events occurred in the region we know today as north western India.  As the migrants travelled westward across Asia and toward Europe, they both influenced and were influenced by the cultures through which they passed. Some groups settled along the way, giving rise to new languages and new nations which survive to this day in those places, such as the Domari in the Middle East and the Lomavren of Armenia. Other groups continued to migrate west into Europe and, although never finding a new host country to embrace them, went on to forge the Romani nation; perhaps the most prolific and well known of these groups.

Shuvani Festivále Historíque distils the essence of these early migrants from India, before the crystallisation of the new nations.  The arts, crafts, music, dance and encampment depict the fusion of the various regions along the Spice Trail from India to Spain.

The stage is brought vividly to life through the painstaking creation of a full nomads’ encampment, featuring individual dwellings, animal pens, artisan work stations, performance areas, the community hearth and, of course, the essential wagons.  The encampment bustles day and night with the re-enactment of the medieval lifestyle, trades, entertainments and artistry of the Shuvani.

While endeavouring to depict neither the Indian or the Romani nations, Shuvani Festivále Historíque pays special tribute to the Indian origins of these medieval travellers, and also presents a tribute to the Romani nation which still struggles for recognition and social justice. For the Romani, that ‘journey’ continues.

Shuvani Trading Cards

Shuvani is excitied this year to introduce the Shuvani Trading Cards. The many talented and unique characters in the tribe are now immortalised on cards for you to collect while embarking on the Silk Road Quest as you learn about fun facts and traditions of the Shuvani tribe.

Here's how it works:
All kids (school-age) receive their first card as they enter the festival.

Each card has a picture of a Shuvani on one side and some interesting information on the back. Also on the back is a special task to complete called the "Silk Road Quest" - its usually in the form of a question that you have to find the answer to by chatting the the Shuvani on the front of the card.

Find the Shuvani on your card, tell the answer to the Silk Road Quest question to that Shuvani and he or she will grant you your next card.

There are 20 cards to collect this year with more to come in future festivals.

Also coming will be the limited edition Lodestone Cards -very rare cards that will be difficult to find and will become precious additions to your collection.

Important Festival Info

Opening Hours

SAT 10:00am - 10:00pm
SUN 9:00am - 3:00pm


Old Petrie Town food vendors will be open Saturday 10am to 3pm, and on Sunday, the markets will operate as usual 8am to 2pm. Food is available there. We encourage you to bring your food, picnic blankets and a rug as we will have a area in front of our performance area for you to relax and watch.


Old Petrie Town has extensive parking facilities.


Due to having our own animals on display we ask that dogs be kept on leashes within the encampment please.


General admission for all is $5, with children four years of age and under free.

Demonstrations and performances are all free. Some workshops will have a fee, and some workshops will require ESSENTIAL ONLINE BOOKINGS.

*Please Note: children MUST be accompanied at ALL times by an adult.