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Festival of Cultures 2012


Sat 24 Mar 2012, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Karen Heaphy

Festival of Cultures is one of the longest-standing community events in Palmerston North. This year it is promising to be even more exciting and vibrant. It is our city’s chance to celebrate art, culture, lifestyle and explore their connections to each other and New Zealand. The event is fully accessible to all of the community and offers a variety of mainly free entertainment, covering areas such as food, music, arts and craft, cultural talks and performances, photography, lantern making and a lantern parade and for the first time in The Square a cultural cuisine show.

The festival will open in 2012 with a community cultural lantern parade and concert on Friday 23 March 2012 at 6.30 p.m. This parade will follow weeks of work and workshops around the community in order to encourage the community to get behind this still relatively new initiative for the festival. The parade will be after dark around the Square. This year is "The Year of The Dragon".

This will be followed the next day on Saturday 24 March 2012 by the World Food Craft and Music Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in The Square in the centre of Palmerston North City. Here you can enjoy all day local and national music and entertainment and cultural foods, crafts and culture. There will be a nationally acclaimed musical group and various local musical and dance groups will also perform. This year for the first time in The Square and as part of the festival we will be hosting Ray McVinnie (Judge for Masterchef NZ and writer for Cuisine Magazine) and the well known traveller, chef and writer Peta Mathias.

Also hailing from the City of Wellington, the Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band will be performing. Paying dues to to legendary musician, Louis Armstrong and the New Orlean's jazz and blues tradition for the early 1900s, this band will bring back to life the music that filled the saloons, sporting houses and juice joints of this bygone era. Make sure you bring your dancing legs!

Certainly a day not to be missed.

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