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Festival showcases city's southside culture

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Travel to the Southern parts of Auckland and you will unearth a treasure trove of culture as diverse as any round the world trip.

Be it the hustle and bustle of Otara markets on a Saturday morning or the slickness of Manukau City - Southside Arts Festival 2011 have a fantastic programme dedicated to bringing the richness of the area's culture together.

Cult Couture returns to transport audiences to a magical world of premier fashion! The premiere event for the stylish and sophisticated at this year's festival, Cult Couture is an evening awarding the originality and innovation in New Zealand fashion. Having sold out in 2010, 2011's "homegrown" theme features music and dance from an array of this country's top performers, and garments judged by this country's fashion elite!

Another jewel in the crown of previous festivals, Southside Gig returns to the Telstraclear Pacific with 12 hours of urban flavour. Get ready for a programme featuring DJ Battles amongst New Zealand finest turntablists (as judged by DJCXL) through to Hip-Hop collaborations, featuring America's Best Dance Crew competitors Street Kingdom and judging from "the godfather of krump" Tight Eyez.

Come feast on the sights, smells, sounds? and of course the wine and food on offer at the Awhitu Wild Food, Wine and Arts Festival, set in the picturesque Matakawau Reserve in the Awhitu Peninsula. Promoting the best in local and organic foods, art, sculpture and great open landscapes, entertainment is provided by the likes of Herbs, Reggae, Dave Alley, Unknown Peace, and more?.

Mangere Arts Centre celebrates Tongan arts and culture, as Matala brings dance, theatre and music with traditional and contemporary faikava. With a Tongan brass band, artist demonstrations, performances, artist panel discussions, professional development information for theatre practitioners, visual artists and dancers, Matala offers up a week long celebration by the Tongan community for the rest of the South Auckland community.

Uxbridge Creative Centre brings to the festival movies that are "oldies but goldies." The NZ Film Festival presents a selection of films that are iconic to Kiwi's everywhere. Five classic films are to be presented, leaving audiences either remember the affection the felt upon first viewing these cinematic greats, or giving a new generation of filmgoers a chance to enjoy them a first time around.

A selection of short films are presented at Mangere Arts Centre, as Ethnic Filmmakers Fest premieres a number of works from emerging and seasoned directors across New Zealand. This year's festival features a work from filmmaker, director and visual artist Mau Muaiava and his MAUPRODUCTIONS team.

The centre also hosts two literary events heralding the rise of Maori and Pasifika creatives. Celebrating Maori Writers pays homage to leading and celebrated writers Hinemoana Baker, Bradford Haami and Kelly Ana Morey, discussing their work with Robert Sullivan. While Naked Voice of Pacific Literature brings together some of the best up-and-coming writers from MIT's new School of Creative writing, lead by top performance poet DJ Kamali and creative writer Pare Paul

Pecha Kucha is back! A fast-paced presentation featuring 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, Pecha Kucha's popularity last year has inspired a new legion of fans to give it a go!

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