Historic day celebrated
The ornate Civic Theatre is hosting a smorgasbord of cultural performances to celebrate the 67th Indian Independence Day on Sunday.
The Rococo-designed building’s Indian-inspired motifs make the perfect setting for the occasion marking India’s independence from British rule on August 15, 1947.
Mt Roskill-based Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust and several other Indian and South Asian community groups will present cultural performances in the theatre that reflect the vibrancy of India and South Asia.
Before the performances the Indian national flag will be hoisted by High Commissioner of India Shri A K Pandey.
Other dignitaries attending include Mayor Len Brown, politicians Judith Collins, David Shearer and Winston Peters, and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
The events in the Civic will be followed by a parade in Aotea Square.
The India Independence Day celebration is on August 18 from 10.30am in the Civic Auditorium. It is open to the public and entry is free.
Cultural cheer: Performances reflecting the rich culture of India will be held on the weekend to mark India’s independence from British rule.