FLAVA Festival in full swing
Approximately 300 children take to the stageALEXIA JOHNSTON
FLAVA Festival is in full swing with approximately 300 children taking to the stage.
The cultural event, which features kapa haka, performing arts and visual arts segments, is taking place throughout today at the Timaru Theatre Royal.
A range of groups have spent months rehearsing for their big moment, including early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools and one tertiary centre.
Opihi College students Ebony Keeley, 11, and Summah Ngatai, 12, are among them. The girls have taken part in the festival more than once.
Ebony said the highlight of the event was getting to see the various kapa haka performances.
Summah said she had enjoyed the team work, which had resulted from rehearsing.
Ashburton's Netherby Primary School pupils were also among the group of dedicated FLAVA festival supporters. Corey Adams, 10, was a regular on the FLAVA stage, taking part each year for the past six.
''I enjoy the haka and the competition,'' he said.
Fellow haka participant, Matt De Ocampo, 10, formerly of the Philippines, said he was enjoying the cultural aspect, particularly the haka.
Netherby Primary School girls have outnumbered the boys in their haka performance this time round, with the girls making up two thirds of their team.
The performances will continue into the afternoon.
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