Cultural Festival 2016 Past Event Sat 17 - Sun 18 sep, 10am - 4pmAtrium, Weird & Wonderful Gallery, Auditorium The Cultural Festival 2016 celebrates the vibrant art and culture of our local Asian Communities. Take part and enjoy musical performances, martial arts showcases, arts and crafts, tea ceremonies, traditional games and more. Cultural activities at the Museum.Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. This year's 5th annual festival is a collaboration with community groups and organisations from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean communities. Join us to celebrate the colourful traditions of these unique cultures. 毛利文化中文深度体验包含毛利表演 Sat 17 Sep, 10.30AM, 11.30AM, 1PM and Sun 18 Sep, 10.30AM, 11.30AM. FREE. Enjoy a Māori Cultural Chinese Experience with our Mandarin-speaking hosts. Limited numbers – book on the day at Grand Foyer info desk. 90 minutes in duration. Recommended for ages 15 years and over. Programme - Saturday 17 September Jump to Sunday's programme. Korean Games and Activities 10.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 3.30pm, ATRIUM FLOOR AND AUDITORIUM LOBBY Supported by the Korean Society of Auckland: Traditional games: Jegichagi and Tuho Korean calligraphy handwriting Traditional cloths and instruments Chinese folk art activity Between 10.30am and 3.30pm, Weird and Wonderful, First Floor Supported by the Confucius Institute: Traditional paper cutting Music and dance performances 10.30am - 12.30pm, ATRIUM STAGE Taekwondo Demonstration (supported by Global Martial Arts NZ) Kayageum and Daegeum performance (supported by YeMyung-won NZ) Anime Cosplay Dance Performances (supported by Graphic Novel Cafe) Wonderful Rush and Start Dash! by A.O.Kola LoveLive School Idol Project by KiSeKi Glide and 39 by Metazoa 1.30pm - 3.30pm, ATRIUM STAGE Performances from Korean Women's Association of NZ: Traditional dance and songs Performances from Camerata Singers of Auckland. Anime and Manga Display All day, Atrium, Ground Floor Anime and Manga Comic Display Doll and Figurine Display Handmade Cosplay Costume Display Cosplayers Meet and Greet All day, Atrium, Ground Floor Come and meet some of Auckland’s most enthusiastic Cosplayers! Find out how they make their costumes, where Cosplay comes from and how to join the community. Studio Ghibli film screenings Ponyo (G) 10.30AM, AUDITORIUM, 1h 41min | Animation, Adventure, Family In a small town by the sea lives five year-old Sosuke, high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish named Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket. Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo's father - once human, now a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea - forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages. © 2008 Studio Ghibli – NDHDMT My Neighbour Totoro (G) 1.30PM, AUDITORIUM, 1h 26min | Animation, Family, Fantasy Two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, have moved with their father into a new home in the country, while their mother recovers from illness in a nearby hospital. To their surprise, they soon discover that they share this home with some rather unusual creatures and even stranger neighbours - forest guardians that the girls dub Totoro. When trouble occurs, their new friends will help them rediscover hope. Dearly loved and critically regarded worldwide, the magical My Neighbour Totoro is a heart-warming tale of innocence and the power of belief that will delight viewers of all ages. © 1988 Studio Ghibli Studio Ghibli film screenings thanks to Madman Entertainment. Chinese and Korean Tea Ceremony Sessions between 10.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 3.30Pm, Auditorium Lobby The art of drinking and serving tea plays a major role in Asian cultures. Join us at the tea ceremony site and learn about the essence of traditional tea ceremonies. Enjoy a selection of tea and immerse yourself in tranquil music. Programme - Sunday 18 September Children and family activities 10.30AM - 12.30PM, 1.30PM - 3.30PM, ATRIUM AND WEIRD & WONDERFUL Supported by the Confucius Institute and School of Asian Studies, University of Auckland: Chinese Calligraphy Little Chinese Classroom (Language classes) Origami Hiragana Writing Discovering Guzheng - Musical Instrument of Wisdom 11AM - 12PM, AUDITORIUM An interactive talk and performance about the traditional instruments of Guzheng with expert Xia Jing supported by the NZTrio Foundation. Music and dance performances 1.30PM - 3.30PM, ATRIUM STAGE Performance from ChinaColour: Traditional songs and dance, 1.30pm Performance from Haere Mai Taiko Drums group: Traditional Japanese drums, 2.30pm. Find them on Facebook. Japanese Tea Ceremony FOUR SESSIONS 10.30AM, 11.30AM, 1.30PM, 2.30PM, BOARDROOM Aoteakai members look forward to serving you a Japanese sweet and a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea) as you savour your own moment of tranquility while watching tea being prepared according to this centuries-old tradition. Cultural Festival Concert 2016 sold out — 7 - 9.30PM, EVENT CENTRE, Bookings essential, book at ticket desks or online The theme of the Cultural Festival 2016 is celebration. This year we aim to celebrate the fifth annual running of the event and mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese migrants to New Zealand.