Schools' cultural celebration

16:00, Nov 19 2013
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ALL SET: Auckland Normal Intermediate kapa haka group practising for the Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival.

Auckland will be getting a good dose of culture with a festival that will see more than 1000 children performing on Saturday.

The Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival brings together 15 schools from around the region that will strut their stuff for 47 performances across two stages.

The acts will include kapa haka, Indian, Tongan, Japanese, Polynesian, Filipino, Cook Islands, Samoan, Niuean and ukulele groups.

The festival is now in its ninth year and it is the fourth time it will be run by the Mt Albert YMCA.

"Originally it was run by the schools, but it got too big so the YMCA took the contract over," community development manager Kev Carter says.

It is the first time the Albert-Eden Local Board is fully funding the event.

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"It's cool that they acknowledge the event and how it is beneficial to the community, schools and students," Mr Carter says.

"It's got a real community feel," he says.

The event offers an array of food, community and health stalls and lots of free rides for kids.

The Albert-Eden Cultural Festival is on November 23 from 10am to 4pm at Rocket Park, Mt Albert.

Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to find the full timetable.

Central Leader