The Festival was officially launched on Saturday 9th September at 15h by a cultural performance from the Māori group - made up of young people aged between 14 and 19 years. The young people fabricated their own costumes, and some songs presented were of their own composition.
A particular highlight at the end of the performance was an interpretation of "La Mer" in French, sung by one of the Māori participants. Bravo !
The next day a grand parade took place through the streets of Dieppe, with each participating country in traditional costume. When the parade terminated, on arrival back at the beach front, an area was cleared and the Māori group launched into a haka, followed by song and then poi - to a large and captivated crowd.