His­toric day cel­e­brated

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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.

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