More than 300 choral performers representing several island nations will dominate the morning programme on the second day of this year’s Pasifika Festival at Western Springs.
All will sing in the annual event’s first church service led by several ministers from 9am during a morning of family celebration and worship with a distinctly Pacific flavour.
This year’s festival on March 9 and 10 is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and is expected to draw in a crowd of more than 50,000 people a day.
Suburban Newspapers, part of the Fairfax Media Mighty A Net- work and publisher of the Auckland City Harbour News, will fundraise during the event for Make-a-Wish New Zealand – a charity supporting children with life-threatening illnesses.
General manager David Penny, who also chairs the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust, says the festival looks set to be one of the best with authentic and traditional food stalls, performances from more than 1000 dancers, 400 village community stalls, trade, art and cultural displays.
‘‘To be able to combine that with such a worthy fundraising campaign is fantastic,’’ he says.
‘‘Our kids are all children of the Pacific and Make-A-Wish has touched many of their lives. I’m sure people will acknowledge that when they spot our collectors in the crowd.’’
The 10 nations represented at the event are Aotearoa, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Niue and Kiribati.
Entry is free.
Culture fest: More than 50,000 people a day are expected to attend this year’s Pasifika Festival.