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Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft & Music Fair

Festival of Cultures - World Food, Craft & Music Fair

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When:

  • Sat 21 Mar ’15, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where:

The Square, The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

www.foc.co.nz

This is one of the longest-standing community events in Palmerston North. This year it is promising to be as exciting and vibrant as ever. It is our city’s chance to celebrate art, culture, lifestyle and explore their connections to each other and New Zealand. The event is fully accessible to all of the community and offers a variety of mainly free entertainment, covering areas such as food, music, arts and craft, cultural talks and performances and a cultural cuisine show.

The festival will open again in 2015 with a community cultural lantern parade and concert on Friday 20 March at 6:00pm. The parade will be after dark and around the Square. This year is "The Year of The Sheep".

This event will be followed the next day on Saturday 21 March by the World Food Craft and Music Fair, 10am-4pm in The Square in the centre of Palmerston North City. Here you can enjoy all day local and national music and entertainment and cultural foods, crafts and culture. Local cultural groups from our City and a few from outside will showcase and perform dancing from their country of origin.

Our headline band this year is Niko Ne Zna who are a hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in New Zealandl. Playing original music and music from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged moving' and grooving!'
Supporting band is Mucho Mungo who's main musician is Santiago, 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.”

Also this year for the fourth time in The Square and as part of the festival we will again host a cuisine show "A Taste of Culture" with main hosts Nici Wickes and Ray McVinnie - this year they will bring something a little different to your tables - it is free and all are welcome to just drop by any time.

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