Cultural groups from secondary schools across Auckland are gearing up for the 42nd staging of the ASB Polyfest, which kicks off on Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, March 18 at the Sports Bowl in Manukau.
ASB Polyfest 2017 will see more than 9,000 secondary school students take the stage with 220 performing groups entered from 60 schools.
The theme for this year’s festival is “Nurturing Leadership through Culture”, which was highlighted at last week’s ASB Polyfest festival launch held at ASB’s North Wharf.
Speakers described how their experience of performing at Polyfest when they were younger, helped shape the leaders they are today.
At the launch the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon. Alfred Ngaro spoke of attending the ASB Polyfest as a Henderson High School student and how it impressed on him – “the importance of culture and language.”
Ngaro stressed to students to “learn about your culture, and that doing so will enhance your sense of well-being, and who you are as a person”.
ASB Polyfest Event Director Theresa Howard also performed at Polyfest in her youth, in the St Dominic’s College Samoan Group.
She said that being part of that cultural group “helped teach me the virtues of respect, discipline and hard work”.
Headmaster of Mt Albert Grammar, and Chair of the ASB Polyfest Trust, Patrick Drumm described the ASB Polyfest as – “an affirmation of young people, and the importance of culture and identity”
He encouraged students at the festival launch to – “practice hard, play hard on stage and remember that your greatest victory is the positive impact the festival will have on your families and wider community.”
From March 15 - 18, the Manukau Sports Bowl will see more young leaders on stage at this year’s ASB Polyfest, a youth festival that has become the largest Maori and Pacific Island festival in the world.
When: March 15 – 18
Where: Manukau Sports Bowl
Price: $5 (5 years and under get in for free)