5. MOON FES­TI­VAL

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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