Festval of Cultures - Lantern parade 2014

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An evening lantern parade will mark the Year of the Horse in Palmerston North, and herald the beginning of the Festival of Cultures 2014.

There are many different beliefs about the origin of lantern festivals, however, it is likely to have had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.

The parade promises to give the people of Palmerston North and surrounding areas a flavour of the attractions in store during the festival which will be held in The Square and other venues between the 21 - 23 March 2014.

The parade will begin at around 8:30pm in The Square; it will leave from in front of the stage. The event will start from around 6 p.m. with music on stage. There is also a special community cultural group visiting our City all the way from Auckland – The Auckland Dalmatian Cultural Society Senior Dance Group. We are looking forward to welcoming them to our event.

As always, there will also be plenty of performances and food stalls. This year for the first time at the Festival from the tropical pleasureland of Palmerston North come Bossa Legal! The elegant Brazilian-style Bossa Nova trio of James Tait-Jamieson on vocals & flute, Nicky Wuts on vibraphone & Matiu Whiting on double bass, promise to melt your Manhattan’s while you samba shuffle the ice away. James Tait-Jamieson is one of New Zealand hottest talents.

Another great act for the 2014 Lantern Parade will be the Richter City Rebels - Assembled by trumpet player Lex French (ex-Black Seeds) on his return from New York, the Richter City Rebels are Wellingtons first and finest New Orleans Second-line Band. Drawing on the rich traditions of Soul, Funk, and Blues that make up the No-La brass-band sound, the Rebels get feet dancin and hips a-shakin'. With an international line-up featuring Adam Page (Strike, Afronauts), and Dan Hayles (Myele Manzanza), the Rebels will make you get your sweat on.

There will be a new giant horse lantern made by REACT (Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust) especially for this Chinese Year of The Horse. The community is encouraged to make and bring their own lanterns of any shape or size. They will also be holding lantern-making workshops in Downtown, Palmerston North, on the following times and dates please come along all material and help provided for free!

Lantern making workshops for the Festival of Cultures lantern parade;

Saturday 8 March - 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 March - 4 - 8 p.m.
Friday 14 March - 4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday 15 March - 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Sunday 16 March - 10.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Tuesday 18 March - 4 - 8 p.m.
Thursday 20 March - 3.30 - 7.30 p.m.

Last year, the festival drew over 15,000 people from around the Manawatu and regions.