Date: 24th August 2019
Women of several ethnic backgrounds and different cultures came together under one roof to celebrate an evening of dance and music at the Ladies Cultural Night 2019 on Saturday, August 24 at the Vodafone Event Centre, a fun filled event entertainment loaded with energy and enthusiasm.
Woman Care Trust is overwhelmed with the excellent response from the audience this year .Organised by Woman Care Trust independently for the fourth time in a row, the event this year created another history of house full occupancy. As all the tickets of the show were sold out 2 days before the event the staff of the trust had to regretfully refuse entry to approximately 1500 women due to maximum occupancy of the event centre, which was 2500. The popularity of the event was very well evident with presence of 2500 ladies.
The key element of attraction that brings such a massive crowd of women from different ethnic backgrounds is that ‘it’s a women-only’ event that gives them the freedom to wear their ethnic dresses and dance freely without being conscious of the presence of men around. This event has performances from women of all age groups, children as young as six years old to senior citizens who practice for their performances for months perfecting their actions and putting up a stellar show for the audience.
This year at event we had people from all cultures such as Punjabi, Gujarati, South Indian, Islanders, Kiwi, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian, etc. which helped us in achieving our motive to foster cross cultural connections within the community.
The idea to bring the show was to create a platform for local crowd to showcase their dance and entertaining talents on an all-women crowd and give a night of absolute entertainment, dance and music- a night free of any worries and just entertainment.
Most of the performers were students from Woman Care Trust who prepared their event performances after attending dance classes the Woman care Trust. And the performers from other groups were supported by WCT by providing them space at community hall whenever they needed for the practice.
“Through this event, we encourage girls in our and other communities to come together under one roof as one family and show their cultural diversity through dance and music. “This event also keeps the new generation of Kiwi Indians to know more about their culture, their heritage, music and history and brings them closer to their motherland, India “It promotes cultural diversity, inclusiveness and cohesiveness between different cultures,”
Once the show was opened by the MC’s, event started with religious prayers
recited by senior members of the trust followed by brilliant and eye catching performances by a large ethnically wide cultural range of performing groups which included Punjabi folk dance Gidha by seniors, young girls and ladies, Bhangra by Kids and girls group, Volga belly dance, Bollywood dance, tribal belly dance, Samba and Zumba. These energetic and wonderful performances by local talent added value to the event.The participants felt very proud and honored to be part of the event as they got an opportunity to show their talent and get recognized in the society. Also this event kept the ladies so busy in the preparations that it was helpful to them in overcoming depression, loneliness and boredom.
The event was not only entertainment focussed, but it had plenty of stalls to
promote culturally specific products and food. The event also provided a platform to present a cheque of $1000 from the sponsor DDL Homes in memory of Dishy Dheil towards the flood victims in Punjab, India. “A cheque of $1000.00 from DDL homes to Mrs Sohanjeet Kaur of Mata Gujri Sahara Trust (Patiala in India) was presented at the event. There were few other price draws organised by the sponsors: – I Pad from DDL Homes, Gold Ring from Radio Sadeeala and vouchers from Tulip Financial Services.
The highlight of the event was the way each woman was dressed in their best, some of them even had clothes and coordinated accessories flown in from India especially for this event. Dazzling like stars and diamonds, in their ethnic Punjabi wear, clad with spectacular jewellery and footwear. And they all captured these beautiful looks at the photo booth area. Woman Care Trust had also arranged the Indian ethnic costumes for the WCT Girls Bhangra Team for performing at the event.
Woman Care Trust is very grateful and sincerely appreciate the support from Akarana Community Trust, North Foundation, Trillian Trust, Auckland Council –Manurewa Local Board and NZCT. These organisation played very crucial role in organising the event by approving the funds required , as without their support we would have not able to organise this event and serve the community.
A big thank you to sponsors as well who supported our event :- Platinum Sponsors of the event :- DDL Homes Sajjan Hair , Beauty and Laser Clinic , Tulip Financial Services Ltd. , Khazana Exotic Designer Collection , Radio Sadeeala . Gold Sponsor: – Auckland Reinforcing Services Ltd and Bronze Sponsors: – Indo Kiwi Travel, Future Skills Academy and Legal Associates.
We would like to thank media as well for supporting our event :- Indian
Weekender, The Indian News , Punjabi Herald , NZ Tasveer , Kuk Punjabi Samachar , Ajit newspaper , Radio Spice, Humm Fm , Radio Tarana and Radio Sadeeala.