Auckland War Memorial Museum in partnership with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki will present the Cultural Festival 2018, a celebration of the vibrant art and culture of Auckland’s local Asian Communities, the weekend of Sat 25 – Sun 26 August.

Over the festival weekend, visitors can enjoy over 70, free, drop-in activities, demonstrations and performances showcasing ancient traditions through to modern cultural innovations at both Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery.

From hands-on activities, crafts and games to special music and dance performances, there will be something for everyone.

Take part in language lessons, calligraphy and paper cutting workshops, sushi demonstrations and traditional tea ceremonies. Be inspired by wonderful performances of the guzheng, an ancient Chinese instrument, a Japanese Taiko drumming team, and a Lion dance team. Enjoy Japanese films, a cosplay parade, martial arts, and see Japanese sweet maker, Kei Miyazawa at work.

Craig Goodall, Acting Director, Auckland Art Gallery, says ‘Auckland Art Gallery is excited to join Cultural Festival 2018 as an organising partner and to help support and grow a festival that brings together Auckland’s many diverse community groups.’

Tim Hart, Director of Public Experience, Auckland War Memorial Museum, agrees ’We are looking forward to providing a compelling experience and greater connection to our communities of Tāmaki Makaurau through our collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery.’

Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery both want to acknowledge the tremendous support from Auckland’s Asian communities to make this festival possible.

Come along and enjoy the rich traditions of Auckland’s diverse Asian cultures at the Cultural Festival 2018, presented in collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery and community groups city-wide.

See our website for the full programme of events.

Cultural Festival 2018:
Free with Museum entry

For all media inquiries contact Bex Martelletti | +64 21 955 362