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Last modified: 01 Sep 2022 1:15pm

CultureFest is back with an even bigger line up of events, classes and exhibitions across the district to celebrate the many diverse backgrounds that make up our community.

The popular annual gala has expanded, with a full line up of events over two weeks from 10-25 September across the district. The annual Lincoln CultureFest day also returns to Lincoln Domain.

After a year off due to COVID-19, participants are looking forward to being back with a vibrant celebration, taking all the senses on a trip around the world right at Lincoln Domain with food, games and performances.

"It's going to be an exciting fortnight. There’s going to be so much to explore and enjoy about what makes Waikirikiri Selwyn what it is today and hopefully help us build closer community bonds into the future,” Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities Denise Kidd says.

Sport and dance are big parts of the wider CultureFest sessions with opportunities to try Futsal and Budo, or dance around the world with Afro dance, through traditional Chinese Lion Dance and Scottish dancing to more contemporary fusion of Bollywood and even K-pop.

Other events range from an Iranian morning tea or Japanese storytime through to exhibitions on the immigrant journey experience, Rangoli Art, Italian for beginners and the return of the popular Put Down Your Roots planting day. Sharing favourite dishes is the theme for this year’s Faces of Selwyn series.

End each day by tuning into 96.9 PlainsFM at 5pm to listen as a series of Selwyn residents share their journeys to Selwyn and how to cook their favourite dish live on air, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 12-22 September. Or you can listen via the podcasts on Spotify, iTunes, PlainsFM or here on our website .

Find out more about CultureFest and a full list of events