City centre to transform
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.