Travel the world at Auckland International Cultural Festival

By: Media Release

Auckland’s International Cultural Festival is happening on Sunday 20 March 2016, featuring a spectacular mix of colour, sights, sounds and flavours from around the world.

Visitors can celebrate all the countries and cultures that make up the diverse city of Auckland at this free event at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Rd, Auckland.

Auckland Council’s Arts, Culture and Events Committee chair Alf Filipaina commented: "The International Cultural Festival has been running for 17 years now and it’s one of my favourites – it really highlights and celebrates the rich cultures of Auckland.

"This year, I think visitors should try some Afghani food, check out [musicians] Cornerstone Roots on the main stage, and join in with the traditional Maori sports. Spend the day exploring – you’re bound to find something you’ve never tried before!"

Cornerstone Roots headline the festival alongside Oceania Storm – both Aotearoa groups have members from across the Pacific and are no stranger to international stages. They’re joined by musicians and dancers throughout the day, representing everywhere from Japan to Croatia.

Countries who have joined the festival for the first time this year are Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Congo, Portugal, West Indies, Egypt, and Bolivia.

There will be a wide range of arts and crafts on offer in the markets, plus sports and interactive activities for the whole family to join in on; including traditional Maori kite making. You can also contribute to our brand-new art installation and show us what your culture means to you.

One of the biggest draws each year is the vast array of food stalls. Culinary delights include Portuguese pasteis de nata, Sri Lankan rotti, home-style Egyptian dishes, and Kurdish desserts.

Meanwhile, another highlight of the day is likely to be the fiercely contested international football tournament. Matches will be played throughout the day with a host of countries competing.

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