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Last modified: 04 Aug 2020 8:15am

A group of women in brightly coloured traditional Chinese dress dance on the stage at CultureFest

Celebrations of Selwyn’s cultural diversity will expand this year with CultureFest kicking off a week of new events.

The ever popular CultureFest, which draws thousands of people each year, will mark the start of the new Culture Week from 18–24 October.

There has been increasing demand for and interest expressed in workshops and displays that showcase traditional sports, dancing and music of different cultures.

The Council and Lincoln University, who have partnered previously to deliver CultureFest, with a range of other cultural groups and clubs, have worked together to set up this new week.

The success of CultureFest and the workshops that have taken place as well as the interest we have been receiving, suggest there is space in the community for a bigger celebration, that supports strong community club and group participation, Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities Denise Kidd says.

“Having Culture Week allows us to build on the huge success of  CultureFest, offering opportunities for to grow our knowledge of the many different, vibrant cultures that make up our people here in Selwyn. It’s an opportunity for people who haven’t been able to take part in CultureFest, as well as giving popular workshops a chance to go deeper and give people a richer flavour of their heritage.”

The Council is now taking expressions of interest from people wanting to be involved in CultureFest and the wider Culture Week.

Any individual, club or group interested in performing on stage or being a stallholder at CultureFest, or running a workshop, during Culture Week can find a form at our culture week page.