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Taste buds travel the world at Auckland’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity

Published: 9 March 2018
  • Photo Credit: Miguel Ilagan
  • Photo Credit: Unchained XL
  • Photo Credit: Auckland Council 

Want to transport yourself to a café in Moscow?

A street market in the Philippines?

Or a carnival in Brazil?

Join us at Auckland International Cultural Festival on Sunday 8 April in Mt Roskill War Memorial Park. 

What to expect

In one unforgettable day, this free, family-friendly festival will showcase more than 50 different cultures. Come along to celebrate Auckland’s distinctive cultural diversity and experience new foods, arts and performances.

Thrill your taste buds at the myriad of food stalls, enjoy live performances throughout the day, join in with interactive cultural activities, and have a go in the kids’ and sports’ zones.

The festival stage is set this year for another line-up of captivating performances from across the globe. Don’t miss festival newcomer, Nigerian-Kiwi rapper Unchained XL, who is sure to get the crowd moving as he weaves the enchanting melodies and textures of 70s West African afro beat with modern hip-hop.

Back by popular demand, DJ Stinky Jim (of Stinky Grooves) is guaranteed to up the tempo with his distinctive combination of reggae, dub and afro-influenced sounds.

A festival highlight will again be the mouth-watering array of cuisines on offer; indulge your sweet tooth with fresh dough Spanish churros dusted with cinnamon and drizzled in caramel sauce, pile your plate with Argentinian wood-fired meats or munch on traditional Ethiopian curry wrapped in spongy injera flatbread.

Discover more about the many cultures that make up our city through fun, interactive activities – visit the Fortune Cookie Cart to receive a fortune in return for one of your own and mark your hometown on the new giant mural world map. 

Celebrating our diversity

Councillor Cathy Casey, who was born and raised in Scotland, is looking forward to joining in the festivities and celebrating the diversity that makes our city so distinctive.

“The Auckland International Cultural Festival is a wonderful chance for all Aucklanders to come together to connect and celebrate the many different cultures that call Tāmaki Makaurau home.

"I’d encourage everyone to come along and take the chance to experience a new culture, meet others and be a part of this special celebration," she says.

Visitors are encouraged to take public transport, walk or bike to the event. Stay updated with for information about parking and entertainment.

The Auckland International Cultural Festival is brought to you by Auckland Council, with support from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Mai FM. Check out or follow @aklcouncil on Twitter for event information and updates.  

Add it to your calendar

Auckland International Cultural Festival is on Sunday 8 April, 10am – 5pm, at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park (free entry). Find out more