5. MOON FESTIVAL
The Chinese Moon Festival is a family oriented celebration and variety show on in the Regent on Broadway this Saturday.
A sellout last year, this year’s Chinese Moon Festival moves to Palmerston North’s larger Regent on Broadway.
Celebrating one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, the variety show on Saturday involves 14 different acts, including a lion dance, Peking opera, martial arts, a string chamber music group, traditional instruments, traditional and contemporary dance, and a rock band.
An organiser, Yuancheng Wang said several of the performing groups are from Wellington, with the event attracting patronage and representation from the Chinese Embassy.
‘‘It’s a traditional festival symbolising family union and prosperity, with celebration and thanksgiving for bringing in the harvest, and dates back thousands of years,’’ Wang said.
Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the occasion is marked by the sharing of round moon cakes.
Tickets, at $10 and $6 for Saturday’s 6pm Moon Festival show are available through Ticket Direct, with all proceeds to the Manawatu branch of the Cancer Society.