Cultural diversity on display

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn’s much anticipated second annual district-wide CultureFest is on this weekend.

Originally only held in Lincoln, last year the CultureFest became a district-wide event and was held in Rolleston to coincide with the town’s 150th anniversary, with the two towns agreeing to host the event in alternative years.

The 2017 event, which is organised by Selwyn District Council in partnership with Rotary Club of Lincoln, Christchurch Multicultural Council, and the Canterbury Migrant Centre, will be held at Lincoln Event Centre and Domain on Sunday, October 1, from 11am to 4pm.

Council’s events and recreation advisor Dave Tippett said after the success of last year’s inaugural event, CultureFest is back to showcase everything great about our growing community.

“CultureFest will showcase the district’s cultures with activities including stage performances, music, food, art and craft demonstrations, ethnic have-a-go sessions, sports and games.

“There will also be information stalls from agencies working for multicultural communities,” he said.

“CultureFest will be a great way to celebrate the contribution so many groups make to Selwyn. With a growing population comes increasing diversity and this event is all about welcoming people of different cultures, and building a community that’s more connected with the world, and with global opportunities.” 

CultureFest will predominantly be an outdoor event with a variety of performances, food, craft, agency, games, sport and recreation and more.

There will be over 20 different stage performances by groups from China, Latin America, Russia, Poland, Iran, India, Brazil, and many more on the main stage.

There will also be plenty for the ‘foodies’ with over 15 different culinary delights available to taste including Indian, Spanish, German, Nigerian, Malaysian, Moroccan, Jordanian, Iranian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisine.

Mr Tippett said there is something for the whole family to experience including bouncy castles, Pedalmania, music, Japanese games, henna tattoos and much more.