A world of culture in Tauranga

Last year’s event proved popular.

The annual Tauranga Multicultural Festival returns to Tauranga Historic Village tomorrow.

The March 16 event will be a celebration of ethnic foods featuring cultural entertainment and activities for the whole family.

Involving more than 200 performers from across 20 different ethnic groups resident in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty, this event will enthrall families with authentic foods and entertainment.

There’ll be a first-time performance from the Cambodian community and the national anthem will be sung as well as presented in sign language.

More than 30 community and commercial ethnic food vendors will be on site offering a range of foods originating from every continent to suit all tastes.

Opportunities exist for both community-based and commercial promotion of products and services.

Now in its 20th year, the day is naturally becoming an iconic annual event on the Tauranga calendar. It attracts anywhere up to 5000 participants and visitors, with many travelling from beyond the Western Bay of Plenty to participate and enjoy.

The event is timed to celebrate International Race Relations Day.

It is a major milestone event for local councils in their quest to position the Western Bay of Plenty as a ‘welcoming community’ to the more than one-in-five residents who were born overseas.

The event is being supported by Tauranga City Council, Marathon Visual Media, Simpson Grierson, Envirohub, Kleanabins, The Office of Ethnic Communities and The Historic Village.

Tauranga’s 20th annual multicultural festival will be held at Tauranga Historic Village, 17th Avenue, on Saturday, March 16.

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