Festival fun

18:51, Dec 23 2012
Brendan Dooley
Juggler Brendan Dooley from Christchurch
Zane and Degge
Zane and Degge practise their moves at Picton Little Theatre
Eleanor Coates
Eleanor Coates, 4, plays with Mister Monkey
Antonio Martin
Daniel Coates, 6, and Eleanor Coates, 4, play with Mister Monkey helped by puppeteer Antonio Martin
Picton
Picton Performing Arts and Street Theatre Festival, Nelson Square, Picton.
Samantha Brimble
Samantha Brimble, 10
Toby Blanchet
Toby Blanchet, 5, puts his hand up to volunteer
Picton
Picton Performing Arts and Street Theatre Festival
Mr Fungus
Mr Fungus
Zane and Degge
Zane and Degge

The Performing Arts and Street Theatre Festival in Picton on Saturday failed to draw the crowds but family groups enjoyed the entertainment.

Organiser Bruce Anderson, of the Picton Little Theatre, said he had expected many more people to attend, especially tourists, after a brochure-drop, but the drizzle might have turned them away.

This was the first festival and organisers would explore ways of attracting bigger audiences, Mr Anderson said.

It was essential to establish events like this to make Picton a tourist destination rather than a passing-through point, in case the town lost the interisland ferry terminal.

As part of the festival, juggling brothers Zane and Degge put on an evening show at the Picton Little Theatre.

The New Zealand's Got Talent finalists said they grew up around festivals and circuses because their parents were jugglers. 

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