Sci-fi blast­ing off on Karanga­hape Rd

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Don’t be sur­prised to find your­self among a world of aliens, space men and in­ter­ga­lac­tic per­for­mances while walk­ing down Karanga­hape Rd on the evening of May 7.

The De­menter­prise is tak­ing the streets for all things science fic­tion in this years first in­stal­ment of First Thurs­days.

Sci-fi themed mu­sic, drinks, movies, cos­tumes, mar­kets and ar­cades are just a few of the op­tions ready to beam vis­i­tors to an­other planet.

Back for its sixth year run­ning, First Thurs­days cu­ra­tor Rose Jack­son says the event is a chance to make the street ‘‘come alive’’.

‘‘It’s re­ally just a great chance to cel­e­brate the cre­ative com­mu­nity we have up here,’’ she says.

‘‘There’s such a di­verse range in­volved . . . there’s go­ing to be about 30 dif­fer­ent things go­ing on ev­ery­where you look.’’

A gi­ant space­ship is set to be the cen­tre­piece of the event to take vis­i­tors ‘‘out of this world’’.

Dandy & Co direc­tor Daniel Davis says in­ter­ga­lac­tic travel was the in­spi­ra­tion for the project.

‘‘One of the ideas was to ex­pe­ri­ence life on board a ship. There’s go­ing to be lights, smoke and ev­ery­thing. It en­ables ev­ery­one the chance to take off.’’

The project will also in­volve a photo booth and per­for­mances by sev­eral lo­cal DJs.

‘‘Its a place where peo­ple can come have a dance, go for a ride in the space­ship and have a pretty spe­cial time,’’ Davis says.

‘‘Tak­ing over the streets’’ has posed its own set of lo­gis­ti­cal night­mares but Jack­son has a firm grasp on the con­trols.

‘‘We’re go­ing to have huge num­bers com­ing through and it’s go­ing to be a great time,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a chance to sup­port the lo­cal busi­nesses and get in­volved.’’

Don’t be fooled into think­ing this is an event just for Trekkies, Star Wars lovers and Slans – Jack­son says there is room for the whole fam­ily to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties. En­try is free with events run­ning from 6pm till 9pm on May 7.

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