Whangārei locals will have the chance to learn more about the diverse families in the community this weekend.

International Day of Families is a United Nations day held around the world on May 15 and provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families.

This year's theme is "families and inclusive societies".

In Northland the day will be marked by an event organised by Multicultural Whangārei at Forum North tomorrow.


Jessie Manney, manager of Multicultural Whangārei, said it was the fifth annual event.

"It's observed around the world. It's a way to bring together the international community and teach people a little bit about the different cultures. So this year we have quite a few organisations that are involved and about 17 different activities for children and adults to do, as well as entertainment throughout the day," she said.

Entertainment includes Circus Kumarani, Pacific Island dancers, salsa dancing, children's performances, singing and dancing from both the Chinese Association and the Korean Association, and a few other performances.

Meanwhile there will be a range of ethnic food for people to tuck in to if they get hungry.

From classic kiwi kai like mussel chowder and fried bread, to Indian food, Chinese Food and baking for those with a sweet tooth.

"It's important to celebrate this day because we live in a very very diverse community and as time goes on it's becoming more and more diverse. We just really need to come together as a community and celebrate everybody's culture and differences. It gives our community the chance to spend the day together enjoying family," said Manney.

The event runs from 11am to 2pm with koha entry.