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Christchurch City Council Media Release Monday 8 March 1999

Festival of Asia celebrations at the library

Canterbury Public Library will join national celebrations of Asian culture with an exciting programme of events from 20-26 March.

As part of the Festival of Asia, the library is offering a number of activities for children.

Translations and explanation from Japanese picture books will provide children with an introduction to the ancient art form of shadows – the use of light to present objects in an unusual dimension.

The performance of a Japanese shadow puppet show will provide a fun-filled hour of family entertainment. It will teach children the value of teamwork, and provide the opportunity to learn how to make shadow puppets and participate in the show.

Finally a Bangladeshi cultural performance will bring together stories, songs, rhymes and dance from Bangladesh to give children a taste of Indian culture.

"We are delighted to be hosting these events," said Sasha Bowers, Marketing and Promotions Specialist at the library. "We have a steadily growing number of customers from Asian countries, and this is a wonderful opportunity to bring their cultures to life for the benefit of both Asian and New Zealand children."

The Festival of Asia is the largest of its kind in New Zealand. Organised by the Asia 2000 Foundation, it brings the colour and charisma of Asian culture to our cities, and celebrates our unique 'Asian dimension'.

It offers New Zealanders the opportunity to experience Asian culture and highlights the contribution that immigrants make to our community.

Japanese storytelling sessions are being held at the Bishopdale, Fendalton and Central libraries. The shadow puppet show and Bangladeshi cultural session are at the Central Library.

Celebrated Filipino author, Jose Dalisay, will also be at the Central Library on Sunday 21 March at 2.00pm. He will read from some his books which deal with contemporary Philippine society. One of his best-known novels describes growing up in the Philippines during the Marcos years.

For full details of all events, please contact the Central Library on 941 7923.




For more information, please contact:

Sasha Bowers, Marketing and Promotions Specialist, 941 7923

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