Cool things to do this summer

Summer events that will keep you entertained

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 15:36 21/12/2012

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Vicki Anderson suggests a few cool things to do this summer.

WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL

January 17 to 27: The buskers are back and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the popular event. Expect the usual and unusual fun and a whole lot of nonsense. Thirty street acts from nine countries join the programme of indoor and outdoor theatre-style shows, including the Busker Comedy Club (R16), Moving Stationery (all ages), Nothing But Stand Up (R18), Late Night With The Buskers (R18) and the popular Buskers Burlesque (R18), featuring the not-to-be- missed Jett Adore.

Events will be held both inside and outside Busker Park, as well as at the Music Pitch and Street Pitch in Re:Start, City Mall, Busker Kid Pitch in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Buskers at Brighton, and includes a special dance party - Hot Dub Time Machine (R18). One of the hottest shows on the international festival circuit it is here for three nights thanks to Cassels & Sons.

Hot Dub Time Machine is at the CPSA building at CPIT from January 23 to 25 at 10pm. A sell-out hit at the Sydney Fringe, DJ Tom Loud brings his late-night festival interactive dance show to Christchurch. Using the top-secret carbon-neutral energy source, Hot Dub, together we will travel back in time to 1954 where, powered by your boogie, together we will party our way through music history back to 2012.

At the cutting edge of audio- visual mixing, Loud steers the party through time through 60 years of pop culture - with live video mash-ups, turn-tablism, dancing and booty shaking for everyone. Be a time traveller. Get on board.

Entry via donation, $20 preferred, available from dashtickets.co.nz. Limited seats on the door from 9.30pm on the day of the show.

For a full list of events, see worldbuskersfestival.com.

GARDEN CITY SUMMERTIMES 2013

Garden City SummerTimes 2013 is packed with lots of things for you to do this summer.

It kicks off with the New Year's Eve fireworks on December 31 and includes the popular Lazy Sundays music lineup that runs from January 6 to March 10 on the Archery Lawn at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

The lineup this year is: January 6 - Upper Hutt Posse; January 13 - Fledge, including Hera, Jed Parsons and House of Mountain, Happiness Stan (aka Kris Wilson). January 20 - Locean. January 27 - Unfaithful Ways. February 3 - Mandy Pickering. February 10 - Bond Street Bridge. February 17 - Fiona Pears. February 24 (Flower Power Day) - Graham Wardrop and Valdy. March 3 - Naomi Ferguson and the Three of Hearts. March 10 - Radius.

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Also on offer is Summer in the Suburbs (January 12 to March 23), Kite Day (January 27), Sunday Bandstand (February 3 to March 24), Classical Sparks (February 5), Summer Theatre, Wind in the Willows (February 15 to March 3), Children's Day (March 3) and ends with the popular Farewell to the Godwits (March 10). SummerTimes brochures are available from council service centres or libraries or, for further details, see summertimes.co.nz.

NITRO CIRCUS

The worldwide touring sensation, Nitro Circus Live, which in 2011 was the No 1 touring act in New Zealand, returns to Christchurch on January 27 at AMI Stadium.

The action sports crew come to New Zealand directly after a 13-date tour across Europe, and will be rolling through Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Headlining the tour will be the Nitro Crew, from the hit MTV series and the 3-D movie.

For more information, see nitrocircuslive.com.

CROMWELL CHERRY FESTIVAL

They might be in short supply everywhere else, but it's cherry time in Cromwell, Central Otago. The annual event, held this year on January 4 in The Mall, Cromwell, includes the National Cherry Spitting Championships, which is open to four categories - male, female, junior male (under 16) and junior female (under 16).

Count the cherries in the jar, cherry ping-pong ball race, cherry pie baking competition - it's all go. See cromwell.org.nz.

THE GREAT KIWI BEER FESTIVAL

The South Island's largest beer festival returns to Hagley Park on February 23. After the sold-out event in 2012, the Great Kiwi Beer Fest will once again offer a stellar lineup of New Zealand's best premium and craft beers and a selection of international imports, matched to culinary fare.

The Craft Beer Academy returns, with 50 New Zealand craft breweries offering their wares alongside 40 gourmet food producers. Discover the World of Beer, the Brewers Table and groove to live music from Supergroove, AHoriBuzz, Batucada Sound Machine, Soulsystem and more. Cheers.

R18, general admission $34.50, Hoptimized tickets $49.50, VIP experience $135, designated driver $25. For details, see greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz.

SUMMERDAZE

Queenstown's summer festival, Summerdaze, runs from December 31 to January 25 and offers a variety of events from live music, to sports, arts and crafts, mountainbiking, triathlons, markets, outdoor cinemas, a rodeo and more. For details, see summerdaze.co.nz.

LIVE MUSIC

Next year offers a feast of great live music from both New Zealand acts and top international artists visiting Canterbury. January 5 - Distance (UK) at Dux Live. January 12 - Carl Cox at CPSA. January 31 - Cliff Richard at CBS Canterbury Arena. February 2 - Mihirangi, Somebody Shake the Tree album tour, at Wunderbar. February 7 - Ringo Starr and the All Starr band, CBS Canterbury Arena. February 16 - Classic Hits Winery tour featuring Fat Freddy's Drop, Anika, Boh and Hollie, the Adults at The Mud House Winery and Cafe, Waipara. February 21 - Mihirangi, Somebody Shake the Tree album tour, at Dux Live. February 22 - More FM Summer Vineyard tour, featuring Opshop, Missy Higgins, Che Fu and Aaradhna at The Groynes. February 23 - Reece Mastin at CBS Canterbury Arena. February 24 - Flaxwood Festival, flaxwood.org. March 3 - Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. March 8 - Eagles' Glenn Frey at CBS Canterbury Arena, tickets via Ticketek. March 17 - Santana, Steve Miller, Taj Mahal at AMI Stadium. March 27 - Gerry and the Pacemakers, Aurora Centre.

NEW ZEALAND HOOPFEST

The New Zealand Hoopfest, our biggest hoop, as in hula, event. will be held at the Brookfield Scout Camp, Moores Valley Rd, Wainuiomata, from February 15 to 17. Hoopers include Kenna Hoops (UK), Caterina (US), Lisa Lu (Germany), Hullucination Hoops (Christchurch), Spinnovation (France/ Dargaville), Frenchy (UK), Mary Weir (Wellington). Tickets from Cosmic Corner. For details, see nzhoopfest.co.nz.

- The Press

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