A celebration of culture

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(from left) Asmi Ta (Nepal), Luli Nad-Maliao (Philippines) and Sahara Shrestha (Nepal). Photo: Luisa Girao

THE cultural diversity of 26 countries was celebrated and shown at a fashion show in Invercargill on Saturday.

Hundreds of residents dressed in their endemic costumes and displayed their home countries’ culture at the Multicultural Fashion Show.

Co-ordinator Meggy Bartlett-McBride said the fashion show was held to mark the Southland Multicultural Council’s 20 years.

Brazilians (from left) Bruna Fracino, Giovana Lins (11) and Agatha Almeida.

The organisation supported more than 2000 immigrants assisting with settlement issues and providing social support.

“We wanted to celebrate the organisation’s roots, promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity in the region.”

Southland Multicultural Council president Neill Rumble said Southland was made up of people from about 113 countries.

“We are proud to bring together people from 26 countries to represent their roots at the event.”

Nepalese Asmi Ta wore her traditional bridal gown.

She moved to Invercargill about three years ago and said she felt very welcome in the community.

“Southland people are very generous. I’m feeling very proud to be able to show my roots and share my culture with everyone here.”

This was the first time the council had presented the show and the organisers hoped it would become an annual event.

(from left) Vaimoa Lafoga (13), Suluetu Keni (14), Joseph Kem (11), Henrietta Fiso (12), Kelsy-Anna Unuka (7) and Jasmin Peraua (17) represent Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

 

Filipino children (from left) Jordan McNatty (3), Noewen Tejada (9), Rubie Maliao (7), Robyn Maliao (4) and Nicola Tejada (2) backstage.

 

Teemam Tamwennang represents Kiribati.
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