A collaborative effort between local musicians and funding from Creative New Zealand means the community will be treated to a series of concerts this summer.
The first will be held this Saturday, December 15, at South Bay Domain, and is free, although donations will be collected for future concerts because funding is unlikely to be ongoing.
The Kaikoura Musicians Collective is a group of musicians who offer a wide-range of musical entertainment, from individual artists to group performances.
Singer/songwriter Scott Bowater, who has helped co-ordinate the concerts and will be one of those performing, says the concerts will provide a great opportunity for local musicians to use a proper sound system, showcase their talents and also for people to watch them grow as performers over the course of the season.
Organiser Lesa B'do says music is a great way to gel communities, and Kaikoura is particularly lucky to have a huge pool of talented musicians, more so than many other small communities.
The three events will all have a Kiwiana feel, Lesa says, and are intended for the whole family. Everyone is welcome, so bring your kids, grandma, and tourists off the street, as well as a picnic or barbecue, and come down to show your support for the local initiative.
Refreshments will be available and stallholders are invited to contact Scott on 027 246 3262 or Lesa on 027 511 0773 if interested, as are other musicians keen to perform.
Alcohol is allowed on the premises, however, it is a family atmosphere and all present are asked to be respectful of this.
The Kaikoura Musicians Collective encourages local support, saying it is vital if further concerts are to go ahead next year. They say they were very lucky to obtain funding from Creative New Zealand as there is some indication that such funding will be capped in the future, so come along and make the most of it this summer.
The dates for the three summer concerts are:
Saturday, December 15, from 2pm.
Saturday, January 19, from 2pm, Fyffe House Music on the Lawn.
Wednesday, February 6, from 2pm, One Earth, One Love.
This concert will be a collaboration with the Conservation Department's Sea Week celebrations and national Children's Day.
The concerts are expected to run all afternoon until about 8pm.
In the case of wet weather, this weekend's concert will be postponed to Sunday at the same time.
- Kaikoura Star