City cen­tre to trans­form

Central Leader - - News -

A day of free mu­sic and vil­lage mar­kets will trans­form Queen St to­mor­row with the New Zealand premier of Sing Sing, a cel­e­bra­tion in dance, colour and song.

The per­for­mance is part of the Auck­land Fes­ti­val which ends on March 22.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pa­pua New Guinea, West Pa­pua, Tor­res Strait Is­land, Aus­tralia and New Zealand will show­case the links be­tween th­ese places as “one salt­wa­ter peo­ple” with a mix of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary mu­si­cal forms from Me­lane­sia.

The re­gion’s most sig­nif­i­cant singers, mu­si­cians and dancers will be joined by Maori and Pa­cific Is­land artists and will be ac­com­pa­nied by vis­ual and sound pro­jec­tions.

The Mar­ket Vil­lage, of­fer­ing in­ter­na­tional cui­sine and lo­cal crafts with mu­sic, starts at 4pm.

New Zealand col­lec- tive Batu­cada Sound Ma­chine and Ce­lenod from New Cale­do­nia will play in sup­port of the main con­cert which starts at 7.30pm.

Auck­land Fe­s­it­val pro­gramme man­ager Jes­sica Smith urges mu­sic-loving fam­i­lies to get to the big­gest mu­si­cal party of the event.

Queen St will close from 10am to 10pm for the free per­for­mance.

For more de­tails on the event go to www. wan­tok­musik.org or call 309-0101.

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