Schools' cultural festival going strong
The Christchurch Primary Schools Cultural Festival is back in town to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The festival was cancelled last year because of the earthquakes.
More than 4000 Canterbury pupils will perform in the festival over four days until Friday.
Performers from 12 schools, including Christchurch South Intermediate, Fendalton Open-air School and Avondale Primary School, entertained audiences at the CBS Canterbury Arena last night.
Singer-songwriter Bella Kalolo was a guest star. There were also Indian and Cook Islands performances.
"The festival is a powerful expression by our children that cultural barriers have no place in a healthy society," founding organiser Mike Davey said.
Sixty-two schools will take part in this year's festival, with performances from 10 nationalities, including Maori, Korean, Irish and Scottish cultural groups.
Morning shows tomorrow and Friday will feature Jolt Dance, a Christchurch-based group that includes dancers with disabilities.
Each show will feature a wearable art pageant, with entries from the schools, and a model dressed as a giant birthday cake will walk down the runway as part of the anniversary celebrations.