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 â€˜Kiwi Day Outâ€™ festival Â on Labour Day.
Auckland Domain will transform into an international village where the 20 countries will showcase their arts and â€œcultural 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.
â€œEmbracing diversity is in New Zealandâ€™s national interest and celebrating other cultures confirms our strengthening ties within and between our communities, our businesses and our people.â€
From 3.30pm to 6pm, the stage will showcase some of the countryâ€™s best loved musicians including the iconic Dave Dobbyn; the youthful rocking energy of Feilding heroes, Evermore â€” along with former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and family favourites â€“ the Patea Maori Club.
When: 12-noon â€“ 6pm, Labour Day, 24 October
Where: Auckland Domain
Free Public Entry