Despite taking place on one of the coldest, stormiest days of the year, our Multicultural Festival proved to be a great day, full of incredibly talented performances, a curious and supportive crowd, delicious food stalls from ranging from Ethiopia to Thailand, and esteemed guests such as the Upper Hutt Mayor, the OEC General Manager, and local MPs from both Upper and Lower Hutt. The day was the product of some great collaboration that we had with many local community groups.
We worked with 4ABetterCity for the first time to have the festival at Lane Park, which had a fantastic auditorium set up, and showcased performances from Madagascar, Israel, China, Sudan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Japan, and so much more. Unfortunately many of our regular local performers were not available this year for various reasons, and we had to go further abroad to fill up our programme. This came with a wonderful silver lining however – we were met with a surprising number of enthusiastic responses from the Wellington region, all of whom added to the high calibre of performances on the day, and paved the way for many new positive relationships within the multicultural community.
This event was put together with the spirit of celebrating Upper Hutt’s diversity, and welcoming everyone to share their own cultural heritage and learn about one another’s in a positive and respectful way. It attracts a broad range of people, and encourages engagement and networking between those who come from different walks of life. We love breaking down stereotypes!