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World Peace Day 2015

By Lisa Hanson

Kotahitanga Manaaki Te Kawa -World Peace Day 2015 was held at the Dunedin Stadium on the 21st of September. It was in celebration of cultural diversity from around the world in Dunedin. 

Our lion dance performers and their parents had a pretty busy day starting with a warm up performance at Andersons Bay School Fair. Some of the performers were also included in choir and other various fair activities. Overall it was spectacular fun for everyone and the community really enjoyed our performance as we received so much great feedback from everyone. I don't think many expected to see a lion make its way through the school! 

At the Dunedin Stadium, the Lion dance team performed alongside other local Dunedin talent including the Dee Street Blues and King Leo and his Big Blues Band. There were stalls and stands promoting the knowledge and activities that were available in Dunedin involving different cultures and community support. Lastly the event included a tree planting ceremony held as a symbol of Peace, unity and community. 

To end the long day of performances the kids enjoyed a late afternoon session at Megazone playing Lasertag, while the parents relaxed with hot cuppas. 

Our community exposure has been well received and promoted. Even though our practices have finished for the year, we are still getting requests for further performances at the end of the year. 

I'd like to thank everyone and especially those who are still helping out with our performances coming up; James Chin, Keith Kelsall and Kendal Chin. Our team would not be the same without all the support, teamwork and effort everyone has put in.