Whanganui Midweek - 2021-07-21


Festival of culture and food


Laurel Stowell

A free festival of cultural food and entertainment — twice postponed because of Covid-19 — is set to take place in Whanganui on Saturday, July 31. People had asked Multicultural Council of Rangit¯ıkei/Whanganui president Pushpa Prasad for an event to liven up the winter. This festival is her answer. It will be in the Eulogy Lounge at the racecourse, starting at 4.30pm, with three food carts outside and authentic dish stalls and henna tattoos inside. At 5pm the entries in a competition to find the best rice dish will be judged. After that comes speeches and recognition for ethnic migrants who have lived in Whanganui for more than 15 years and are over 75. Then the entertainment: modern and classical Indian dance from Parita Pathak Bose’s Shivam Dance Academy in Wellington, with 50 dancers of all ages. The festival, for children and families, will finish around 9.30pm. The event is funded by $5000 from the Office of Ethnic Communities, Te Tari Matawaka.


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