Festival celebrates cultural diversity

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 09:46 28/02/2014
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Emi Nakayasu (15), Chisaki Takase (16) and Momoko Fujii (16). The girls are all on Exchange at MGC and were enjoying the performance of traditional Japanese music

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Marlborough's migrants will be the stars of the show at the ninth annual Multicultural Festival, to be held in Blenheim tomorrow.

The festival has quadrupled in popularity since it began in 2006 when fewer than 1000 people turned up, compared with a crowd of more than 4000 at last year's event.

Marlborough migrant services manager Margaret Western said the day is all about promoting Marlborough and celebrating its cultural diversity.

Food from 17 countries will be available, including Italian, Indian and Chilean cuisines, as well 31 performances from various cultures around the world.

The festival is also a way to encourage Marlborough people to host events and acknowledge the value of cultural diversity in the lead-up to Race Relations Day on March 21, Mrs Western said.

Marlborough is home to many more cultures than most realise, she said. "Marlborough really is a melting pot of cultures."

The festival was a way to highlight all the different cultures and get people together.

"It's an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the faces that make up and enrich Marlborough's community."

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- The Marlborough Express

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