Streets turn into acrobats' playground

00:02, Sep 21 2012
Douglas Jarrett
RINGMASTER: Douglas Jarrett will leave the fire at home tomorrow but will entertain crowds with his group of circus performers during Art on Edge in Palmerston North.

People seeing acrobats leaping around Palmerston North tomorrow are not seeing things - it's just part of an Art on Edge festival in the city.

The two-hour art festival will feature dance, music, acrobats and craft displays and Circo Arcofit, a circus school.

Circus director Douglas Jarrett said the school "has been quietly humming along for about eight weeks and I thought it was time to show people what we do".

With up to 65 students to choose from, Mr Jarrett said he had brought together a group of people who should delight people of all ages with a fun and colourful act.

He promised a theatrical display of dance, aerial hoop work and Chinese acrobatic pole feats, plus a family-friendly burlesque show.

"It's all in very good taste and reminiscent of a pre-World War II circus."


The lively act will be next to the Numbers sculpture in Coleman Mall between 1.15pm and 2pm.

It will be the fourth time Art on Edge has come to the city with entertainment. Other attractions include stone sculpture, Celtic bands, origami art, chalk painting, graffiti art and string quartets.

Mr Jarrett said people curious about pole-dancing would be welcome to give it a try.

Art on Edge will run from 1pm to 3pm and acts can be seen in George St, Coleman Mall, Main St West and The Square.

Manawatu Standard