The Auckland International Cultural Festival, proudly sponsored by Auckland City Council, came back with a big bang for its 16th year. This free one day event was an extravagant cultural hub that featured everything from international music to Gaelic football.
With more than 55 cultures represented, all the attendees were able to celebrate diversity in Auckland together. The arena was filled with food stalls containing cuisines from all over the globe. Aucklanders had the opportunity to indulge in some mouth watering culinary delights such as Argentinean Empanadas, Japanese castellas, Spanish Paellas, Indian Samosas, Hungarian Gundel Palacsinta and much more.
The day was coloured with international music and vibrant dance performances prompting the audience to get up on their feet. The music and performances were from countries such as Indonesia, France, Thailand, Ethiopia among many others.
Sports lovers also got their own domain where they were given the opportunity to play fun, interactive games such as Gaelic football, softball, kabaddi or curling. At about mid-day, there was a Cultural Football Tournament that aroused a lot of enthusiasm and conviviality.
Here are some pictures from my time at The Auckland International Cultural Festival. To check out some of the videos of the performances head over to the Messages to Mumbai Facebook Page.
These photographs were taken by Chikita Kodikal. If you would like to seek permission to use these photos you can send a message by clicking on the contact Messages to Mumbai tab. Messages to Mumbai logo designed by Vidyut and Chikita Kodikal.