Festival to celebrate rugby world cup cultures

Auckland will host a cultural festival to celebrate diversity among the 20 rugby-playing countries participating in the world cup in New Zealand.

The national identities of each of the countries in the Rugby World Cup will be celebrated at the ‘Kiwi Day Out’ festival  on Labour Day.

Auckland Domain will transform into an international village where the 20 countries will showcase their arts and “cultural flavour. The free, family event is sponsored by the Office of Ethnic Affairs.

From Namibia, Georgia and Romania to Argentina, France and South Africa, marquees representing each of the Rugby World Cup participating nations will feature their cultural food, crafts, costume, and performance.

The International Village promises a captivating and creative display of ethnic diversity, says the director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham.

“Embracing diversity is in New Zealand’s national interest and celebrating other cultures confirms our strengthening ties within and between our communities, our businesses and our people.”

From 3.30pm to 6pm, the stage will showcase some of the country’s best loved musicians including the iconic Dave Dobbyn; the youthful rocking energy of Feilding heroes, Evermore — along with former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and family favourites – the Patea Maori Club.

When: 12-noon – 6pm, Labour Day, 24 October

Where: Auckland Domain

Free Public Entry


One response to “Festival to celebrate rugby world cup cultures”

  1. Sylvestre Gahungu Avatar
    Sylvestre Gahungu

    This event should have been organised at the beginning of the RWC to allow players and their delegation to witness what their communities living in New Zealand brought to New Zealand from their home countries.

    Holding this at then end of the RWC will only provide that information to the NZ communities who have had the opportunity to taste the sound of the multicultural music and the international food at different multicultural festivals organised by Auckland Council in conjunction with the RMS Resettlement service. Those with no significant representation such as Namibia will not be represented. What are planning to do to showcase them?

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