A birdlesque comedy for lovers of costume

Birds of Paradise on the Arts Festival bill

ANGELA CUMING
Last updated 12:40 05/02/2013
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FASCINATING: The Birds of Paradise theatre act will perform at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

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If a bit of burlesque and cabaret tickles your fancy then you are in luck.

The Birds of Paradise event on at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival has fantastic feathery costumes, signing, dancing and comedy in spades.

The glamourous production is led by costume designer Morag Brownlie, winner of 12 Wearable Art awards and creator of several international short films.

The theatre event will be held on the Lakeside Stage at the garden s on February 20 and 21.

Another festival act will see some of New Zealand's best performing artists play a four-hour showcase of traditional and contemporary Maori arts.

Festival organisers have worked with Hamilton Maori arts promoter Craig Muntz to bring award-winning groups Katchafire and Three Houses Down to the stage with newcomer Mihirangi, kapa haka group Te Pou o Mangatawhiri and other Waikato-based performers.

"It is the first time there has been a significant Maori art programme developed in support of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, " Mr Muntz said.

"The partnership has provided a platform for it to happen."

They have been working on the show for six months, receiving "significant support" from Creative NZ and Trust Waikato.

"I can't think of any better way to spend a summer's evening, " Mr Muntz said.

"Sit down, cold drink, excellent lineup of entertainment, pull the blanket out and enjoy the evening."

The four-hour act will draw a "broader audience" to the arts festival and will give Maori arts greater exposure, he said.

Ahi Kaa - Home Fires, Saturday, 16 February, Rhododendron Lawn, Hamilton Gardens, 6.30 until 10.30pm.

Birds of Paradise, A Cabaret Birdlesque Comedy, Wednesday, 20 February and Thursday, 21 February, Lakeside Stage, Hamilton Gardens, 8.30pm.

Details and tickets: www.hgaf.co.nz

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