Children’s Multicultural Festival

Kids, bring your family to an exciting day of global dance and music by children. You can join in crafts, dance, and martial arts workshops too!  

  • When Mon 5 Jun 2017, 10:15am–4:00pm
  • Where
    Throughout Te Papa – starts in Wellington Foyer, Level 2
  • Cost Free event

Enjoy cultural performances from around the world – everywhere from Africa to Aotearoa – this Queen’s Birthday holiday. Have a go at Chinese crafts all day, see a magic show, and try a dance or martial arts workshop.

Presented by the Oriental Cultural and Performing Arts Group and Multicultural Council of Wellington.

Performers in Chinese lion costumes


Children’s Multicultural Day performers, 2015. Photograph by Shuguang Zhang, courtesy of the Oriental Cultural and Performing Arts Group


Craft workshops

All craft workshops are at Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre, Level 4.

  • 10.30am–12.30pm: Chinese paper cutting and folding
  • 10.30am–12.30pm: Chinese painting
  • 1pm–4pm: Chinese paper cutting and folding
  • 1.15pm–4pm: Chinese calligraphy


All events are at Te Marae, Level 4, except for the opening procession, starting in the Wellington Foyer, Level 2.

  • 10.15am–10.30am: Opening procession  
  • 10.30am–11am: Chinese lion dance
  • 11am–11.15am: Kapa haka (Māori performing arts)
  • 11.15am–11.30am: Event launch
  • 11.30am–11.45am: Violin group and dance
  • 11.45am–12pm: Japanese yosakoi dance and taiko drumming
  • 12pm–12.15pm: Filipino dance
  • 12.15pm–12.30pm: African dance with live music
  • 12.30–1pm: Magician Nigel Kennedy
  • 1pm–1.15pm: Japanese classical dance
  • 1.15pm–1.30pm: Chinese painting demonstration
  • 1.30pm–2.15pm: Contemporary dance and workshop
  • 2.15pm–2.30pm: Chinese traditional dance and band
  • 2.30pm–2.45pm: Cook Islands dance
  • 2.45pm-2.50pm: Indian Bharatanatyam dance and Bollywood dance
  • 2.50pm-3.05pm: Samoan youth choir
  • 3.05pm–3.30pm: Chinese martial arts demonstration and workshop
  • 3.30pm–4pm: Closing performance – Chinese choir and dances