Festival of Cultures 2020

Saturday 29 Feb 2020 - Saturday 7 Mar 2020 Add to calendar

Photo shows campaign poster for 2020 festival with boy in traditional dress, festival dates and sponsor logos.

Festival of Cultures is a full week celebrating Palmy's cultural diversity, with a series of events showcasing all the colour and vibrancy of our city. They're sure to excite and delight.

Ethkick 2020

Saturday 29 February, 8am to 5pm

The festival kicks off with Ethkick, a free six-aside football tournament at Central Energy Trust Arena with 40 teams taking part.

Carrom Making Workshop

Saturday 29 February, 9am to 12pm

Come along and build your own Carrom, a fun board game very popular in India and Nepal. Spaces are limited! Register your interest by email to festivalofcultures@pncc.govt.nz.

Photo shows people parading through the city streets with a dragon lantern.

Lantern Parade

Saturday 29 February, 7pm to 10pm

The Square will light up once again for the colourful and exciting lantern parade. Come and celebrate the Year of the Rat with food trucks, live music and giant lanterns made by members of the community and the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre. Interested in making your own lantern? See the workshop schedule here.

Brazilian Kids' Carnival

Sunday 1 March, 12pm to 3pm

Join the Palmeirinhos to celebrate Rio's carnival the Palmy way! Costumes, batucada, parade, music and fun!

Teas of the World

Monday 2 March, 6pm to 8pm

Experience the culture and tradition of tea drinking from different parts of the world.

Tai Chi in the Square

Tuesday 3 March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Come and learn traditional Tai Chi, an ancient martial arts technique. This event is proudly brought to you by the Chinese Cultural Centre New Zealand.

Meet the Students of IPU

Wednesday 4 March, 4pm to 6pm

IPU students will share their cultures with you. There will be henna, Rangoli, face painting, caligraphy and more!

IPU Kodama Drum Team Workshop

Thursday 5 March, 6pm to 7pm

Come and learn traditional Japanese drumming with the amazing IPU Kodama Drum Team. Watch or have a go. Register your interest by emailing reccentre@ipu.ac.nz

Photo shows four young women of different ethnicities smiling at the camera and covered in coloured paint.

Holi Festival of Colours

Friday 6 March, 6pm to 9pm at Hardie Street Reserve

Party with coloured powder, Holi-style, down by the Manawatū River with music, food, and games. Holi festival, also known as the Festival of Colours and the Festival of Love, originated as a traditional Hindu festival. Throwing coloured powder over each other is a visual representation of putting aside differences and sharing the moment as one.

Coloured powder is available to buy at the event for $1 a bag (cash only). Old clothes and shoes advised.

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World Fair Day

Saturday 7 March, 10am to 4pm

Wrap up our week of fabulous festival fun in style! We've got cultural arts and crafts, performances and, of course, delicious world cuisines, so join us in the Square and celebrate the beautifully diverse cultural identity of our city. With local and international performers, more than 100 food and craft stalls as well as a “have a go” tent, there'll be plenty for all the family.

Photo shows map and legend identifying the location of stalls and stages at the 2020 festival.

World Fair Day site map.

Photo shows four women in slinky sequinned frocks and bejewelled and feathered head-dresses.