Dramatic, lively and diverse performances that included a Chinese Lion dance and the sounds and rhythms of Pacifika, as well as kung fu, tai chi and kapa haka attracted a big crowd to the Coast’s first Multicultural Festival.
The event was organised by the Future Whangaparāoa Trust with support from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.
Around 450 people packed into Sportscave in Whangaparāoa on the evening of March 26 to enjoy the wide range of live performances, as well as international food stalls and activities such as origami, rock painting and bouncy castles.
TahiMana Polynesian Fire Dancers put on a spectacular fiery finale.
Future Whangaparāoa Trust community activator Sara Mason says more than 50 volunteers were involved in the performances and there were also 15 event volunteers.
The event cost $10,000, half of which came from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Sara says the organisation intends to host the event annually.