Media release: ‘Dance all around the World’ at the 20th Auckland International Cultural Festival on Sunday 7 April from 10am until 5pm at Mt Roskill Memorial Pa
11 March 2019
Some of the talented performers coming to Auckland International Cultural Festival 2019
Dance all around the world
Delicious flavours, dance, music and fun are set to excite Auckland’s senses at the 20th Auckland International Cultural Festival, brought to the city by Auckland Council on Sunday 7 April in Mt Roskill War Memorial Park.
Enjoy food from every continent, experience dance, music and costumes from 56 countries, and see the kids kick off their shoes and play fun games in the have-a-go zone, all in one place and on one day.
For a full sensory journey around the world, sample South East Mediterranean Nomadic cuisine, Hungarian goulash, Malaysian street food, Chilean delights, Ethiopian coffee, French crepes and traditional Indian yoghurt drinks.
For the feisty flavours of Spain, visit the stalls of Sabores, Toro Churro and Paella Pan among others. And take your tastebuds to Japan for the fresh, piquant subtlety of Japanese seafood from Ginza Takoyaki and Osaka Soul.
The range of food on offer at Auckland International Cultural Festival is as vast as the entertainment line-up.
See and hear a beautiful collision of Māori and Pacific cultures in segments from Sharu Delilken’s Dominion Road Musical and witness another profound tapestry of intercultural music from Ethno New Zealand whose young artists bring traditional music alive.
Asia brings back the ever-popular Mr. Mask, a traditional Chinese face-changing opera, and the astonishing Tamashii Taiko Drummers.
From Europe the Dalmation Cultural Society brings the delightful Tarara Folklore Ensemble and from Africa crowds will enjoy art and drumming workshops and cross-cultural music brought to the festival by the talented Marvin Kimata.
New activities this year also include Hunger Ball, a bouncy form of football with multiple goals that becomes a smash-hit wherever it goes. Hunger Ball is brought to the festival by Refugees as Survivors, a group who were instrumental 20 years ago in establishing the first Auckland International Cultural Festival.
Councillor Cathy Casey, who was born and raised in Scotland, is looking forward to joining in the festivities and celebrating the multi-cultural richness of our city.
“Auckland International Cultural Festival is to be congratulated for marking this 20-year milestone. Each year it creates a wonderful opportunity for people to share in the many different and vibrant cultures that make up Tāmaki Makaurau,” she says.
To help spread-the-jam at peak times between midday and 2pm, explore multiple public transport options at ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Or visit AKL Paths to find a walking or cycling path near you. The Puketapapa Path, which links Keith Hay Park and Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, is a wide, sealed, shared path.
Auckland International Cultural Festival is brought to you by Auckland Council, follow @Culturalfestival on Facebook for event information and updates.
Auckland International Cultural Festival 2019
Sunday 7 April 2019, 10am-5pm
Mt Roskill War Memorial Park