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Festival of Cultures 2013 - World Food, Craft and Music Fair


Sat 16 Mar 2013, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Karen Heaphy

Put it in your diary! - Festival of Cultures 15-17 March 2013.

This 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 again in 2013 with a community cultural lantern parade and concert on Friday 15 March at 6:30pm. This parade will follow weeks of work and workshops around the community. The parade will be after dark around the Square. This year is "The Year of The Snake".

This will be followed the next day on Saturday 16 March by the World Food Craft and Music Fair, 10am-4pm 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 The Klezmer Rebs and various local musical and dance groups will also perform.

Klezmer Rebs:
Klezmer Rebs are an 8-piece Wellington band formed in 2002 that plays (mostly) klezmer music, an engaging style of world/folk music born out of the Yiddish/Jewish culture of eastern Europe in the 1800s and 1900s. Klezmer then went to America and in the early 1900s began to fuse with jazz and swing. There has been a worldwide revival of klezmer music since the 1980s.

Also this year for the second time in The Square and as part of the festival we will again be hosting Ray McVinnie (Judge for Masterchef NZ and writer for Cuisine Magazine) and Nici Wickes, Cookbook author, food writer, TV chef for hit series World Kitchen & NZ Herald’s Restaurant Critic as part of the “Taste of Culture” cuisine tent.

The Jews Brothers Band:
This eccentric, eclectic and legendary five-piece always hits the stage in an explosion of energy and keeps up the pace throughout.

Its exhilarating foot-stomping hand-clapping repertoire, both original and traditional features wild Eastern-European dance medleys, neo-40s New York swing, gypsy "hot club", schmaltzy waltzes and funky dance grooves. If you can't dance to this band u gotta problem!

The line-up is two New Yorkers, a Londoner, a Kiwi and an Italian. Between them they play accordion, mandolin, banjo, double bass, guitar, tenor sax, clarinet and melodica. The skilled interweaving of these instruments and daring five-part vocal harmonies are part and parcel of the group's undeniably fascinating chutzpah!

Nici Wickes:
Her business card reads ‘Nici Wickes - food writer, cook, TV personality and snowboarder’ and this is the sort of all-roundedness and cheekiness that sums up Nici’s approach to cooking and all things food. She is well known for her hugely successful cooking TV show, World Kitchen (now screening in over 80 countries worldwide) which follows Nici on her travels around the world meeting chefs, growers, producers and restaurateurs in search of inspiration, to bring back to her kitchen at home in New Zealand. Nici takes a no-fuss approach to cooking and her food knowledge and the sensational dishes she creates are easy enough for home cooks to achieve success with.

Nici is also the restaurant critic and food editor for NZ Herald’s Viva as well as guest writing for various NZ food magazines and a published cook book author. She presents live cooking shows in NZ and overseas, at food festivals and events, and her shows are always a crowd favourite for being lively, entertaining and informative.

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