The ASB Polyfest celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015, with the event taking place at the Manukau Sports Bowl in Auckland.
From small beginnings in 1976 when four schools took part, the ASB Polyfest has grown into the biggest event of its kind in the world. Last year, despite a re-scheduling of the final day due to Cyclone Luisi, 80,000 people enjoyed the festival, with over 9000 students performing on stage from 62 schools across the Auckland region.
The festival celebrates the diverse cultural make-up of Auckland with students performing traditional speech, song and dance on six stages – Cook Islands, Maori, Niue, Samoan, Tongan and the Diversity stage which features cultures such as Chinese, Fijian and Indian, Korean, Sri Lankan.
The ASB Polyfest is a vibrant celebration of colour and culture, where Auckland students perform cultural song and dance with pride and passion, while competing for trophies and the honour of being the top school. Students prepare traditional performance items, choreographed to the event theme and composed to fit aspects of their respective culture.
Another key component of the ASB Polyfest is food and craft. Each stage has a surrounding village with the food & craft of that culture in plentiful supply.
“I can’t think of anything that’s much more significant for youngsters than being able to come along over the course of four days, get to meet a whole lot of new friends and engage in activities that are going on here.” – Prime Minister John Key, VIP Function ASB Polyfest 2014
The Kura Matua Host school for the 2015 ASB Polyfest is Western Springs College. The theme they have selected for this year’s festival is – “Enlightenment through Education”
18 – 21 March 2015
Entry is $5, pre-schoolers are free
Manukau Sports Bowl
Te Irirangi Drive
Limited $5 parking is available on-site.
Media Liaison: Dean Wilson
Phone: (09) 620-1121
Mobile: (021) 637-636