Dancing, food, music at MultiFest

TESSA JOHNSTONE
Last updated 13:48 30/03/2014

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Lower Hutt's cultural diversity was celebrated with all the best stuff in life - dancing, food and music.

About 500 people joined community groups at the Sacred Heart College Performing Arts Centre for MultiFest 2014 yesterday, organised by the Lower Hutt Multicultural Council.

President Anita Mansell said the day was about celebrating ethnic diversity, and cultural groups included Filipino, Indian, Irish, Scottish, Malaysian, South African and Nepalese.

''We've been running it for 17 years ... it's something the community looks forward to all year.''

There were cultural performances, food, and community stalls, and the Hindu festival of Holi was also celebrated.

Naveena Karci supported her two daughters, aged three and seven, to perform with the Nepalese dance group and then take part in a fashion show of traditional costumes.

Both her daughters were born in New Zealand, so they get together with about 20 other Nepalese families every couple of weeks to teach their kids something from the language or culture.

Karci said although it is hard for their daughters to understand they belong to both cultures, they are starting to accept they have the best of both worlds.

''It's good, it means they get the best of everything.''

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- The Dominion Post

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