Acel­e­bra­tion of city’s cul­tural di­ver­sity

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An­tic­i­pa­tion is high for Palmer­ston North’s most vi­brant and colour­ful event – the 2017 Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures. It’s the city’s celebration of our di­verse cul­tures, art and lifestyles.

The up­lift­ing fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val runs over three days (March 3 to 5) and is strength­ened by a range of pre-fes­ti­val events and work­shops.

This year’s event will not dis­ap­point. In­ter­na­tional and na­tion­ally renowned per­form­ers and groups are per­form­ing along­side many tal­ented lo­cal cul­tural groups.

Fri­day night’s Lantern Fes­ti­val and Pa­rade on Fri­day, March 3, (from 7pm) sets the scene. As 2017 is the Year of the Rooster this newly-cre­ated lantern will lead the pa­rade. Lanterns from pre­vi­ous years will also fea­ture in the pro­ces­sion along with lanterns made by the pub­lic.

As well as the daz­zling sight of the many hand-crafted lanterns, there will be some up­lift­ing mu­si­cal per­for­mances. The gypsy-style sounds of The Kanistas, a Balka­n­groove march­ing band from Welling­ton, will lead the pa­rade through The Square. Also per­form­ing dur­ing the evening are Cuban singer and mu­si­cian Romulo Cas­tro and Chi­nese cul­tural per­form­ers. Food trucks will add to the at­mos­phere.

Free lantern mak­ing work­shops are be­ing held prior to the event in the former Pub­lic Trust of­fice in the Cen­tral Li­brary build­ing.

Satur­day is the busiest day of the fes­ti­val with the World Food, Craft and Mu­sic Fair (10am – 4pm). The Square’s Event Quad­rant will be filled with more than 80 au­then­tic cul­tural food and craft stalls. This will be a day to send your taste buds on an in­ter­na­tional ad­ven­ture and to per­haps try some­thing new.

Af­ter the open­ing cer­e­mony, which is at­tended by a num­ber of em­bassies, the event stage will de­liver a wide range of cul­tural mu­sic and dance through­out the day.

High­lights in­clude guest per­form­ers:

Maori mu­si­cian Matiu ’The Hook’ Te Huki, who is known for his amaz­ing vo­cal skills and en­ergy, his abil­ity to pow­er­fully con­nect with and lift a crowd with his mes­meris­ing stage pres­ence while fronting great bands or with his solid solo loop­ing show.

Clube de Coro – Bryn van Vliet Choro is an older style of mu­sic born in Brazil which later gave birth to the more pop­u­lar Samba. Clube do Choro has a set full of mu­si­cal master­pieces from some of Brazil’s finest song­writ­ers, lively and en­er­getic party starters and soul­ful yet groovy. They are sure to have you up danc­ing!

Romulo Cas­tro - brings a taste of Latin Amer­i­can mu­sic to the fes­ti­val. Cas­tro is a prom­i­nent Latin Amer­i­can artist, and with his Grammy award-win­ning band Tuira has per­formed through­out Latin Amer­ica, the United States, Spain, Is­rael and Al­ge­ria. He is also host­ing a work­shop on March 1 at The Stom­ach and per­form­ing in con­cert on March 2 at the same venue

Sun­day, is Nga­hau Te Manawa: Fi­esta Time and the fes­tiv­i­ties move to the cul­tural hub of Palmer­ston North. Te Manawa and The Globe The­atre are host­ing fes­tiv­i­ties from 11am – 3pm. High­lights in­clude the Manawatu Mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre’s Multi-clothes for Multi-peo­ple fash­ion show and wear­able arts. Per­for­mances at The Globe in­clude the Te Rerenga Pup­pet Show and the Game­lan Pad­hang Mon­car con­cert and work­shop. There is also plenty of other en­ter­tain­ment, food and fun ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Sarah ’The Sci­en­tist’.

Check fes­ti­val­of­cul­tures.co.nz and the Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures Face­book page for de­tails of the fes­ti­val and the many pre-fes­ti­val events and work­shops. These in­clude mu­sic, dance, art and lantern-mak­ing work­shops, guest speak­ers and the Ran­goli and Holi Art com­pe­ti­tion and Fes­ti­val at IPU.

The Square will be full of fes­tive cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions with food, mu­sic, dance and ac­tiv­i­ties for the World Food, Craft and Mu­sic Fair.

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