Asian flavoured festival

Chinese paper lanterns will be lit in Moana Reserve as part of the first Beachfront Asian Festival.

Organisers hope that a festival featuring the flavours, sounds and dance of various Asian communities will create a stronger connection between those communities and hospice.

The first Beachfront Asian Festival, to be held in Orewa on Saturday, December 7, will include entertainment from Chinese performers, including song and dance, a painter and a traditional Chinese “face changing” artist.

There will be food trucks, crafts and activities such as henna art and acupuncture.

Harbour Hospice will have a stall to share information and encourage more people from Asian communities to get involved with the organisation as volunteers.

Lanterns strung around Moana Reserve will be lit after sundown.

The festival is the work of two members of Harbour Hospice’s advisory board, Des Adams and Sue Chau, who hope to raise more than $10,000 for our local hospice, Hibiscus House in Red Beach.

Sue says while the first festival will be small, there is the opportunity to grow the event over time. She hopes it may ultimately include a big lantern festival by the beach.

The festival is on at Moana Reserve, Orewa from 3pm-9pm.

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