Race Unity Day

From its small and humble beginnings in Nelson City 15 years ago, Race Unity Day has grown exponentially, as has the diversity of the Nelson Tasman region.

The aim of the event is to bring together, appreciate, and celebrate the wonderfully diverse cultures that make up our region through an extraordinary showcase of their unique performances, music and cuisine. Nelson Tasman is the third most culturally diverse city after Auckland and Wellington – and that needs highlighting and celebrating!

Coinciding with International Race Relations Day, Nelson Multicultural Council Coordinator Jenni Bancroft believes that the event “really brings together the community, celebrating unity in diversity”.

The 2018 Race Unity Day was held on Sunday, 18 March at Victory Square, Nelson. There were more than 60 stalls creating and selling their own delicious ethnic meals, arts, and crafts. More than 4000 people attended and enjoyed a vibrant day full of cultural and community performances. Families, groups, and ethnic communities joined together to make the day a highlight in the Nelson Tasman event calendar. “It was beautiful to see people from all around the world coming together to rest, chat and eat,” says Jenni.

This day is looked forward to by the community – both those who are sharing the unique aspects of their culture, and those who join them to celebrate and experience it.

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