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Cul­tures gather to plan for fes­ti­val

Or­gan­is­ers heart­ened to see more youth in­volved

- Centre · Katikati

The Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures meet­ing invit­ing the com­mu­nity to get in­volved went well, with around 20 mem­ber­sof the com­mu­nity at­tend­ing from a range of eth­nic­i­ties in Katikati.

KatikatiCo­m­muntyCen­tre man­ager Al­lan Wain­wright is on the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and said it wasa fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to share ideas with our com­mu­nity on­how to build on the suc­cess of the 2019 Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures and se­cure vol­un­teers to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the event.

The Cen­tre’s ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant Sally Goodyear is also on the com­mit­tee. She said it was great to see young peo­ple step­ping upand get­ting in­volved— not just on stage with the mu­sic and danc­ing, but also tak­ing on lead­er­ship roles with the plan­ning and or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

“The event has sup­ported eth­nic youth to have in­creased pride in their cul­tural iden­tity and op­por­tu­ni­ties to share and em­brace their cul­tural her­itage with oth­ers.”

Sally said feed­back af­ter the first fes­ti­val­was that par­tic­i­pants wanted to see the event ev­ery year.

“How­ever, it has been de­cided to al­ter­nate the event with Te Puke and hold the fes­ti­val ev­ery sec­ond year in Katikati.”

The 2019 Fes­ti­val of Cul­tureswas a fi­nal­ist for Event Ex­cel­lence in the 2020 TECTCom­mu­ni­tyAwards. i

To reg­is­ter in­ter­est or to get in­volved email haidee.kali­rai@ tau­ranga.govt.nz or phone the Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 549-0399.

 ??  ?? Wel­com­ing Com­mu­ni­ties, Haidee Kali­rai speak­ing at the Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures meet­ing to start plan­ning for the March 6 fes­ti­val.
Wel­com­ing Com­mu­ni­ties, Haidee Kali­rai speak­ing at the Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures meet­ing to start plan­ning for the March 6 fes­ti­val.

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