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Festival of Cultures - Cultural Lantern Parade

Festival of Cultures - Cultural Lantern Parade

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  • Fri 20 Mar ’15, 6:30pm – 9:00pm


The Square, The Square, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission



An evening parade will mark the Year of the Sheep in Palmerston North, and herald the beginning of the Festival of Cultures 2015.

There are many different beliefs about the origin of lantern festivals, however, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.

The parade promises to give the people of Palmerston North and surrounding areas a flavour of the attractions in store during the festival which will be held in The Square and other venues between the 20 - 22 March 2015.

The parade will begin at around 8:30pm in The Square, it will leave from in front of the stage. This year is the Year of the Sheep, the flock will again be made by the talented team of Jim and Bridget from REACT (Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust). The community are encouraged to make and bring their own lanterns of any shape or size. You can make your own under the instruction of Jim and Bridget and their team at some lantern making workshops, which will be held on the Ground Floor of the Library off George Street in the week and weekend leading up to the Festival, times and dates to be posted on www.lancewoodevents.co.nz soon

Acts this year are Mucho Mungo and the Cosmonauts. Mucho Mungo's main musician is Santiago, he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lived there until 2002, and was part of many musical groups and projects. Today he lives in Mount Maunganui, where he's got a recording studio and from where he platforms to travel to all towns and cities of New Zealand with "MUCHO MUNGO" to bring their acoustic upbeat Latin grooves and lively music. “Santiago Rebagliati lays the groundwork, weaving a foundation of looped percussion and guitar, over which he mixes Spanish, English and Brazilian vocals, along with fiery improvised guitar combinations that push both songs and player into unknown territory.”

The Cosmonauts are from Wellington, via the wind-blown steppes of Eastern Europe, Their blend of Soviet Folk music fused with Italian Chanson and 19th Century Balkan Pop will stir your gypsy senses. Transport yourself to another time and space with Frankie Curac (accordion), AJ Jensen (guitar), Andrew Laking (double bass).

Both these groups will get you warmed up for a weekend of festivities and dancing. On top of these professional acts we will have many performances from our own local cultural groups throughout the next day - Saturday 21 March - see eventfinda World Food, Craft & Music Fair.

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