Press Release – ASB Polyfest
2012: The Cook Island Crowd
ASB Polyfest, 13 – 16 March, Manukau Sports Bowl, Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau
Entry: $5. Preschool children are free
Waitakere College Filipino Group
The ASB Polyfest is the largest Maori & Pacific Island cultural festival in the world. Last year’s festival attracted 95,000 spectators, and 9000 students competing in 192 groups from 65 schools.
The festival is an iconic Auckland event which is now in its 38th year. It is a celebration of colour, music and dance, and promotes cultural awareness and understanding.
The 2013 ASB Polyfest takes place from the 13th – 16th of March at the Manukau Sports Bowl, Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau. It will feature traditional music, dance, costume and speech from school performing groups, and will bring the pride and passion of Auckland’s Maori and Pacific Island communities to life.
Students will compete on five stages – Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan and Tongan. There will also be a Diversity Stage featuring performances from a range of cultural groups including Chinese, Korean and Indian.
The Matua Host school for the 2013 ASB Polyfest is James Cook High School. The theme they have selected for this year’s festival is – “The gifts of Paptuanuku are a koha to the people. Cherish and care for them.”
Backstage – Niue Stage