Twenty-five performances from 16 countries will take centre stage. Photo credit Selwyn District Council

CultureFest a window on the world

by Mike Isle

CultureFest is back for 2019, bringing a window on the world to Selwyn.

Now in its fourth year, the popular festival will be celebrating the diversity of Selwyn through food, art, sport and performance and have a go activities.

CultureFest will take place on Sunday, September 29, 10am to 4pm, at the Lincoln Domain.

Visitors will have more than 25 stage performances by groups from 16 different countries ranging from Ireland to Indonesia and here in New Zealand.

There will also be workshops enabling people to experience different cultures from Iran to China and beyond, plus a culinary world tour with food from more than a dozen different countries including Nigeria, Egypt, Ukraine, Spain and Iran.

Council sport recreation and wellbeing manager Dave Tippett said CultureFest is part of the council’s work to help people from all cultures feel welcome in Selwyn.

“We want to celebrate people from all cultures and ethnicities who have made Selwyn their home because of the positive, enriching impact that diversity has on our community. CultureFest is a real celebration of that. It’s an experience for the senses, for people listening to and seeing some amazing performances, arts and crafts, tasting and smelling exceptional, authentic ethnic food and having a go.”

This year Lincoln University Student’s Association (LUSA) has joined the council and the Christchurch Multicultural Council on the organising committee. “Taking part in CultureFest will replace its similar International Night event that was held around the same time,” LUSA general manager Fiona Kay said.

Lincoln has the highest proportion of international students for a New Zealand university.