Cul­ture fes­ti­val back

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - LIN FER­GU­SON

The Whanganui Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture will be re­turn­ing to Ma­jes­tic Square on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, for its eighth con­sec­u­tive year.

The line-up will in­clude the phe­nom­e­nal reg­gae band Com­mon Unity, with Palmer­ston North’s Samba ao Vento Drum­mers join­ing a plethora of lo­cal per­form­ers to cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar day long, fam­ily friendly event.

The fes­ti­val has also at­tracted more stall­hold­ers this year with 23 signed up to at­tend, in­clud­ing cui­sine from South Africa, the Mid­dle East, Korea, the Pa­cific, In­dia, In­done­sia, Viet­nam and South Amer­ica and the Kiwi favourites a tra­di­tional hangi or a good old hot dog on a stick . . . to name but a few.

Whanganui will shine a light on the cul­tural di­ver­sity through not only the cui­sine avail­able but also by way of the en­ter­tain­ment through­out the event by lo­cal groups and en­ter­tain­ers.

Main­street Whanganui events, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tions man­ager Kelly Scar­row says the fes­ti­val is unique in Whanganui be­cause it is a real com­mu­nity ef­fort to pull the event to­gether.

“The Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture is a chance for peo­ple of all cul­tures, back­grounds, ages and in­ter­ests to come to­gether in the heart of our beau­ti­ful city, to share food, con­ver­sa­tion, en­gage with one an­other all while hav­ing a good time.

“The Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture is or­gan­ised by the com­mu­nity for the com­mu­nity to re­flect and cel­e­brate our cul­tural di­ver­sity within our city.”

The fes­ti­val will be held Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, from 10am, Ma­jes­tic Square.

The fes­ti­val will be back for its eighth year.

Samba ao Vento drum­mers at last year’s Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture.

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