Cultures seen in music and dance

SAM CLARKE
Last updated 12:00 17/07/2014

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The Regent Theatre in Palmerston North will be awash with colour this weekend as dancers from across the world converge for the World on Stage showcase.

Performers from 22 groups will present their culture's music and dance styles in a three-hour event on Saturday.

The audience will be taken on a tour of a virtually projected globe, which will explain the customs of each culture's dance; they will then be treated to a demonstration of the dance.

Organiser Shantona Poduval from the Manawatu Multicultural Centre said the event was about more than just a night of entertainment.

"It's something to give to the city through ethnic performances," she said. "It also introduces and raises an awareness of the groups' performing arts variety."

From on-stage performers to stage designers and choreographers, there will be more than 200 participants.

The performers will be wearing costumes created in their native countries.

Poduval said the costumes "demonstrate participants' dedication and enthusiasm to share their indigenous arts with the local residents of Palmerston North".

Most of the performing groups are from the area but the show will also feature two from Wellington. "We are always looking to have more talent," Poduval said. "We would like this to be a benchmark event for Palmerston North that people come to from around New Zealand."

The show is the main fundraising event for the multicultural centre, which organises events and provides support for Palmerston North immigrants.

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- Manawatu Standard

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