Every summer for the past 10 years, a group of 13-25-year-olds from refugee and migrant backgrounds has been invited to The Auckland Performing Arts Centre in Western Springs to participate in a festival which reflects the city's dynamic multicultural mix.

Called Mixit, it's designed so these youngsters can make Auckland feel more like home.

This year, Mixit turns 10 and has marked the milestone with a mini-festival of world picnics, songs, storytelling, games and a whole lot of laughter.

In Focus: A photographic retrospective celebrates the colourful world of Mixers in action during the past 10 years.

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With Mixit's permission, we've reproduced some of the most vibrant pictures taken during the past decade.

The festival ends tonight with a gala cabaret performance featuring dance, theatre, screen and musical numbers brought together by theatre directors Ben Crowder and Margaret-Mary Hollins, and choreographer Moss Patterson.

Need to know

What:

Mixit Ten: Gala Cabaret Performance

Where & when:

Tapac, Saturday, January 16; 8pm; bookings are essential and can be made by visiting Tapac at

Merhawey 'feel the mix' rehearsal. Photo / Supplied
Merhawey 'feel the mix' rehearsal. Photo / Supplied
Munashe and Mohammed. Photo / Supplied
Munashe and Mohammed. Photo / Supplied
Mixit turns 10. Photo / Supplied
Mixit turns 10. Photo / Supplied
Ibraheem. Photo / Supplied
Ibraheem. Photo / Supplied
Florence and flowers. Photo / Supplied
Florence and flowers. Photo / Supplied
Kaveisha. Photo / Supplied
Kaveisha. Photo / Supplied