Cultural showcase back on

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Takumi Japanese Drumming Group

The Ashburton district will once again showcase its cultural diversity at the 11th Multi Cultural Bite (MCB) event on February 6.

The community event invites different cultures from within the community to prepare and share bite-sized portions of food which represent a taste of their culture.

There is also an entertainment line-up with an international flavour that offers a further glimpse of cultural identity.

MCB co-ordinator Ida Casipit said the final details of the Waitangi Day event were coming together and it was shaping up to be a great day out and a celebration of the district’s cultural roots.

Countries signed up for the food stalls included the Philippines, Singapore, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Argentina, Tonga, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Samoa.

New countries for this year’s event were Nigeria, Poland and South Africa.

Mrs Casipit said there was a huge line-up of performers that included the return of the popular Takumi Japanese Drumming Group.

Others on stage were the CCC Samoa Ashburton Youth and Christchurch Zhonghua Chinese Society dancers.

Local performers included Ocean Waitokia, Ashburton Silver Band, Tekoare Paul and Ashburton Pipe Band.

“The emphasis is about showcasing all the different cultures that now call the Ashburton district their home,” she said.

“There will be teachings of how to wear traditional clothes, henna, calligraphy sessions and face painting, as well as the Smile project, map pinning, and a photobooth.

“Bite is not just about nourishing ourselves with different foods, but also about educating ourselves about different cultures as well.”

The event will also feature a cultural parade and judging of the best stall and food. MCB runs from 10am until 2pm and will be held on East Street in front of the clock tower and around Baring Square East.