The ASB Polyfest is an iconic Auckland festival filled with colour and culture. It celebrates its 43rd Anniversary in 2018 from the 14-17 March at the Manukau Sports Bowl.
The festival is the largest Maori & Pacific Islands Festival in the world, and features traditional music, dance and speech from Auckland secondary school students. It is a celebration of youth performance, and a showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures.
Students compete in traditional speech, song and dance on six stages – Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan, Tongan, and a Diversity stage which comprises of cultures such as Chinese, Fijian, Tokelau, Indian, Korean and Sri Lankan.
Another key component of the ASB Polyfest is food. Each stage has a surrounding village with the food & craft stalls from that culture.
Over 90,000 people attended the festival, with over 9000 students performing on stage in 220 groups from 60 Auckland schools.
The theme for this year’s festival is –
Thread the fibres of humanity
Thread the fibres of spiritual well being
Bind together the essence of cultural identity
Weave together the diverseness of cultural awareness
14 – 17 March 2018
Manukau Sports Bowl
Te Irirangi Drive
ASB Polyfest Contact Details
Media Liaison: Dean Wilson
Mobile: (021) 637-636