Schools come to­gether for a cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land will be get­ting a good dose of cul­ture with a fes­ti­val that will see more than 1000 chil­dren per­form­ing on Satur­day.

The Al­bert-Eden Schools Cul­tural Fes­ti­val brings to­gether 17 schools from around the re­gion that will strut their stuff for 47 per­for­mances across two stages.

The acts will in­clude kapa haka, In­dian, Ton­gan, Ja­panese, Poly­ne­sian, Filipino, Cook Is­lands, Samoan, Ni­uean and ukulele groups.

The fes­ti­val is now in its ninth year and it is the fourth time it will be run by the Mt Al­bert YMCA.

‘‘Orig­i­nally it was run by the schools, but it got too big so the YMCA took the con­tract over,’’ com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment man­ager Kev Carter says.

It is the first time the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board is fully fund­ing the event.

‘‘It’s cool that they ac­knowl­edge the event and how it is ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity, schools and stu­dents,’’ Mr Carter says.

‘‘It’s got a real com­mu­nity feel,’’ he says.

The event of­fers an ar­ray of food, com­mu­nity and health stalls and lots of free rides for kids.

The Al­bert-Eden Cul­tural Fes­ti­val is on November 23 from 10am to 3.45pm at Rocket Park, Mt Al­bert.

Photo: DANIELLE STREET

Per­fect prac­tice: Auck­land Nor­mal In­ter­me­di­ate kapa haka group prac­tis­ing for the Al­bert-Eden Schools Cul­tural Fes­ti­val.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to watch Auck­land Nor­mal In­ter­me­di­ate kapa haka group per­form.

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