Timaru Theatre Royal will provide a creative reprieve for Christchurch's earthquake affected tomorrow at the New Zealand Hat and Hair Art awards.
Event manager Denise Whyte said up to 200 free tickets to the matinee performance had been provided for people in Christchurch affected by the quake.
"We don't know exactly how many will take up the opportunity but thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we have been able to offer these tickets free. I know of some who are coming down for a day away and going to the performance, having dinner in Timaru and heading back that night."
The matinee performance will be hosted by Mika, a performer originally from Timaru.
The winners of the sections and overall prizes will not be announced until the evening performance.
"Ticket sales for the evening are going really well.
"There are still tickets left though and a quite a lot of tickets for the matinee show should still be available on Saturday," Ms Whyte said.
Due to the earthquake, some regular Christchurch entrants had not submitted an entry.
"We do have milliner Liz Van den Ende as a judge this year because she didn't enter.
"We also have body artist Carmel McCormick as a judge. She did the body painting for the Air New Zealand campaign and also Timaru fashion designer Yolande Gilbert as the third judge."
Workshops have been held at six schools for pupils to have a go at designing their own hat. The school holidays meant only 20 were taking part in the awards but Ms Whyte urged any pupils who had made a hat and wanted to take part to contact her.
- The Timaru Herald