Music in Parks gets bigger as film event shrinks

NICLOE PRYOR
Last updated 05:00 11/10/2012

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Auckland's Music in Parks is likely to be expanded this year, as Movies in Parks shrinks.

A recommendation passed by the Culture, Arts and Events Forum yesterday will see more music events in more locations across the city.

That bumps the number of shows in the programme up from 40 in 2012, to 43.

The change will also see local boards from Devonport, Hibuscus, Kaipatiki, Mangere/Otahuhu, Otara, Upper Harbour, and Waitakere host events for the first time.

Each board will be able to tailor the programme to local needs and decide on times, locations and who performs.

Under the proposal Music in Parks will start on January 2 and finish on March 24.

The Auckland Domain will host six shows, including a jazz concert in the Band Rotunda.

Manurewa's Nathan Homestead will also see a couple of shows during the festival, and country fans will head to Blockhouse Bay's beach reserve.

St Heliers will retain its opera concert at the Dingle Dell venue, pencilled in for February 2.

One of the reasons cited for increasing concerts was the reduced Movies in Parks programme.

A council meeting last month heard one of the film event's major sponsors had withdrawn which meant the council could not afford to run a full programme for the 2012/13 season without scrapping other events like Waitangi celebrations.

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