Hamilton's Garden Place was a hive of cultural activity with Indigo Festival 2012 which run from Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December.
Hamilton Mayor Her Worship Julie Hardaker came to officially open the festival after which a Kapa Haka Group performed. There were food and craft stalls. There was music from around the world played or performed on stage. There was Indigo Chats where communities displayed items from their culture and welcomed questions. This was supported by the Hamilton Central Library which provided reading materials related to the culture hosting the chat. In the evening at the Central Library the movie "Where do we go now" was screened.
On Friday, the Waikato Interfaith Council hosted the Indigo Faith, an hour's session featuring speakers from various faiths amd the audience can also ask questioins. In the evening young people wowed the crowds with their amazing talents in the Indigo Youth Talent. The Entertainment Suite, a group of young people from the Kirikiriroa Marae also came to perform.
On Saturday, at 2 pm was the Parade of Cultures which started from Knox Street and ended in Garden Place. Indigo on Show followed featuring a variety of cultural performances which started at 3 and ended at 8 pm. Spot prizes were drawn throughout the afternoon and in the evening. This was immediately followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree program.
The wonderful weather was a bonus to the festival. There was a constant stream of people who sampled the various delicacies, bought crafts, and watched or attended the shows and performances.Special thanks goes to Sylvia Bolstad and Artmakers Waikato and community members who helped create culture banners for the festival.To the volunteers and the Hamilton Community who came and joined us, and the funders who made this event possible, thank you and we hope to see you again next year.
The first day of the Indigo Festival was a success.
The Garden Place was full of people who came from Council and the offices nearby to sample food from around the world: Latin pastries, Malaysian chicken pockets, Chilean burgers, Colombian donuts, Filipino kebabs, Indonesian spring rolls, Korean pancakes, and cotton candy. There were also crafts and other products for sale.
The Japanese community came to display the 200 year old gift from Mikoshi City to Hamilton City.
Her Worship the Mayor Julie Hardaker came to open the festival as well as sample the food available. In the afternoon music from around the world was played: african drums, maori song, punjabi music, and mexican music. The Mexican music was played by a string ensemble of five young kids who not only played mexican songs but also other songs from around the world.
At six pm around 40 people watched the screening at the Hamilton Central Library of the movie 'Where do we go now?". Rohan Jaduram, Adviser Human Rights and Race Relations who helped Indigo find the film came with a Human Rights Commissioni Representative.
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We are no longer receiving online registrations for the 2012 Indigo Festival.
The Indigo Committe along with its partners Hamilton City Library, Artmakers, the Interfaith Council as well as volunteers have been busy preparing for the Indigo Festival starting tomorrow 29 November at the Garden Place.
In the last two weeks community members attended art sessions with Sylvie Bolstad of Artmakers Waikato to help make Indigo Culture Trees. These are colourful tree-like structures made from recycled materials with coloured pennants painted with various cultural icons. There will be one tree where people can write messages of peace and love in their languages.
Hamilton City Library has also invited schoolchildren to draw or make art that represents their cultures and these will be put on display at the libary foyer.
Waikato Interfaith Council have also prepared speakers who will talk on various major religions such as Islam, Jewish, Quaker, Bahai, and Christianity.
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