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Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft and Music Fair


Sat 4 Mar 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Feel the buzz and energy of our community celebrating its cultural diversity. Saturday is the busiest day of the festival with family entertainment, amazing food and constant festivity.

The day kicks off with the opening ceremony at 10am. The remainder of the day is full of local and international entertainment and over 80 cultural food and craft stalls situated around the Events Quadrant.

There will also be activities for families to experience and learn something new about different cultures.

Local cultural groups have been rehearsing for weeks to prepare for their performances throughout the day, and we are fortunate to have professional performers Matiu Te Huki, Clube de Coro- Bryn van Vliet and Romulo Castro. They are not to be missed. (See our website for further information about these performers)

The Festival opens on Friday 3 March with the traditional Lantern Parade around The Square from.
7pm - 9pm.

Sunday is the completion of the Festival with Te Manawa and the Globe Theatre hosting a wide variety of events, activities and entertainment. See separate listing and the Festival of Cultures Facebook page.

Mark this weekend in your diary - you don't want to miss this one!

- 10am - Opening Ceremony
- 10.20am - Pamanlahi Cultural Dance Group
- 10.25am - Romulo Castro
- 10.50am - Cailin Traditional Irish Dancing School
- 11am - Samba ao Vento
- 11:08am - Kultura Jazz
- 11:25am - Nga Iti Rearea - Kapa Haka
- 11:40am - Shree Dance Academy
- 11:50am - Massey University Fire Club
- 12noon - Canta Conmigo
- 12:25pm - Red Lantern Dance
- 12:30pm - Traditional Chinese Lion Dance
- 12:38pm - Pamanlahi Group - Binasuan Dance
- 12:42pm - Pakistan-NZ Friendship Association
- 12:48pm - Manawatu United Sri Lankan Association
- 1pm - IPU Kodama Japanese Drum Team
- 1:15pm - Clube de Choro
- 2pm - Philippine Central Association
- 2:05pm - Manawatu Bangalee Society
- 2:15pm - Announcement of Best Stall winner-MMC
- 2:25pm - Matiu Te Huki
- 3:05pm - Manawataki
- 3:25pm - Burmese Community Group
- 3:30pm - Palmerston North EFKS Church
- 3:50pm - Aziza Bellydance

*Subject to change

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