The colourful Lantern Parade is on Saturday 29 February. Hand-crafted lanterns will fill the Square. Many of these were created during the lantern workshops organised by REACT (Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust).
The night will burst with street performances, a Balkan-groove marching band and the unveiling of the new centrepiece Year of the Rat lantern. The Lantern Parade symbolises reunion. It’s for everyone to reunite and celebrate. Through events like this, we are more enriched and aware of each other’s cultures and identities.
International performers join locals in the lineup for World Fair Day on Saturday 7 March. There will also be 100-plus food and craft stalls and the "have a go" tent, where festival-goers can try out cultural activities.
Throughout the week, there will be many other events and activities as part of the festival. One of those is the Festival of Colours on Friday 6 March at Hardie Street Reserve. It is a student-friendly event inspired by India’s Holi Festival.
Palmerston North City Council funds and organises this event in association with the Manawatū Multicultural Council.