Wairapapa creative festival takes flight

Last updated 11:37 05/12/2012
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Welcome: Carterton School kapa haka group was one of several groups performing at the launch of Kokomai, the Wairarapa Creative Festival, last week.

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A taste of what is to come was unveiled during the launch of Kokomai, the Wairarapa Creative Festival, at the Carterton Events Centre last week.

The launch for the new region-wide festival, which will be held for the first time in October 2013, provided a tantalising glimpse into what will be an inspiring series of workshops and performances across the music, visual arts, film, dance and literature.

Kokomai Trust chairman James Smallwood said the festival team was working closely with arts groups and event organisers.

"Kokomai will showcase the talents of our own amazing artists and provide a shared platform to bring a diverse selection of shows and events to our area," he said.

"The festival will provide opportunities for residents from Cape Palliser to Pahiatua and for schools right across the region while performances are planned for distinctive Wairarapa venues including woolsheds, rugby clubs, churches and marae."

Mr Smallwood said planning for the festival was well under way, with funding received from the Eastern & Central Community Trust, Trust House Foundation, Carterton District Council and the Greytown Trust Lands Trust to date.

The trust would now look to secure additional support through foundation patrons and businesses.

Trustee Paora Ammunson said Kokomai meant to ascend, to rise, to take flight. The theme for the first Kokomai festival is Flight of the Imagination.

Kokomai creative director Heidi Holbrook announced three acts to perform at the festival - Texan comedian Wilson Dixon, Party with the Aunties, which was a hit at the Nelson Arts Festival and the award winning play I George Nepia. See page 9 for more.

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