ASB Polyfest 2016

The ASB Polyfest is an iconic Auckland festival which features traditional music, dance, costume and speech from secondary school students.  It is an important showcase of New Zealand’s diverse cultures and a celebration of youth performance.

The festival is the largest Maori & Pacific Islands Festival in the world,

Students will compete in 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, Tokelau, Indian, Korean and Sri Lankan.

The ASB Polyfest is a vibrant celebration of colour and culture, where Auckland students perform with pride and passion, and the honour of being the top school.  Their performance items are 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 stalls from the respective culture.
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, over 90,000 people attended the festival, with over 9000 students performing on stage in 214 groups from 64 Auckland schools.
Entry is $5, pre-schoolers are free.  Limited $5 parking is available on-site.

The Kura Matua Host school for the 2016 ASB Polyfest is Nga Puna o Waiorea – Western Springs College.  The theme they have selected for this year’s festival is – “Return to our natural resources – for body and spiritual well-bring”

ASB Polyfest Contact Details

Media Liaison: Dean Wilson
Phone: (09) 620-1121
Mobile: (021) 637-636
Email: [email protected]

Event Director: Theresa Howard
Phone: (09) 523-4212
Mobile: (021) 407-364
Email: [email protected]

ASB Polyfest
16 – 19 March 2016
Entry: $5. Preschool children are free
Manukau Sports Bowl
Te Irirangi Drive

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