Multi-cultural festival kicks off

A chance for primary school children to shine on a multicultural stage,

More than 80 school groups representing 10 nationalities will take part in this year’s Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival at CBS Canterbury Arena from September 1-5.

The festival celebrates New Zealand’s Māori culture through kapa haka and performances from the many cultural groups attending our schools. The theme for the 2014 event is ‘Tua takoto te mānuka,’ which translates as ‘The challenge has been laid.’

Well-established as the largest cultural festival in the South Island, the festival brings together students from local primary and intermediate schools in a spectacular arrangement of performances, visual arts and wearable art pageants that showcase the talents of  five to thirteen- year- olds.

'Having a go."

This is the 32nd year the event has been staged and event manager Ayliss Ripley says it is valued for the way in which it encourages young people to ‘have a go’.

“The cultural festival gives children the opportunity to experience their own culture as well as others, both traditional and contemporary; as well as the chance to experience a large scale production with sound, lights, camera and staging,” she says.

The joint master of ceremonies role will be shared by award-winning television and radio host, Mātai Smith, and local singer/songwriter, Sheree Waitoa, from Tahu FM. Shows will run every evening from September 1-5, from 6.45pm-9pm, with additional matinee performances from 3-5 September, from 12.30pm-2.30pm. Each show involves a different group of schools in a variety of dance, performance and wearable and visual arts.
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