Sydney, Sep 19 (ANI): 'The Confluence Festival', a first of a kind Indian music and dance festival, aimed at showcasing the country's rich and diverse culture kicked off in Sydney on Sunday. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the 10-week long "Festival of India" which included spectacular joint performances by Indian and Australian artists. Inaugurating the festival, Sharma said the event is a matter of pride for both countries. New South Wale Minister of Multiculturalism, John Ajaka said the initiative will bring people of both sides closer. The festival will run across seven cities, including Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.