A group of Chinese dancers pose for a photograph before taking to the stage at last year’s CultureFest

A trip around the world without leaving home

by Kent Caddick

CultureFest is part of a larger plan to welcome newcomers to Selwyn according to the district council.

CultureFest 2018 will be held at the Lincoln Domain on Sunday, September 30, from 11am to 4pm, and residents are being invited to join the Selwyn District Council and the Christchurch Multicultural Council to celebrate Selwyn’s growing diversity.

Council’s senior events and recreation adviser, Dave Tippett, said the event is now in its third year and is growing each year, with groups from all around the world showcasing their culture, through art, performance, sport and food.

“CultureFest is one of the key actions council and partners are undertaking as part of the recently launched 2018 Welcoming Plan,” Mr Tippet said.

“The Welcoming Plan provides a focus for how we as a district can include newcomers in community life in Selwyn.

“We recognise our district’s growing diversity and celebrate this with CultureFest. It’s also a great way to learn more about the people in your neighbourhood, and we encourage everyone to come down and attend this free event.” Visitors can sit back, relax and enjoy more than 20 different stage performances by groups from China, Latin America, Russia, Poland, Iran and many more on the main stage.

It’s not just the visual aspect of Selwyn’s cultural diversity, which will be on show at CultureFest with more than 15 different culinary delights including Indian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Nigerian, Malaysian, Moroccan, Jordanian, Iranian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisine available for tasting.

“For the first time ever, there will be an Indian professional sport being demonstrated — Kabaddi,” Mr Tippett said.

“If you haven’t seen or heard of it before, it can be best described as a cross between rugby and tag, but without a ball.”

In addition to the sights, sounds and taste of Selwyn’s cultural diversity on show there will be plenty of other activities for people to sample, including arts and crafts, games and henna tattoos as well as some regular event favourites such as bouncy castles and Pedalmania.