Fi­esta theme to fi­nal art event

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A dis­tinctly Mex­i­can flavour will be spic­ing up Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions on K’ Rd.

True to its sub­ver­sive rep­u­ta­tion, the precinct is to aban­don tra­di­tion in favour of a fi­esta theme for its fi­nal First Thurs­days art event of the year to­mor­row.

A roam­ing Mariachi band, free Day of the Dead face paint­ing, an in­ter­ac­tive tun­nel and a steam punk vend­ing ma­chine are some of the treats on of­fer.

‘‘Our Christ­mas First Thurs­days will be more about fun and play­ful­ness rather than get­ting bogged down with north­ern hemi­sphere snowflakes and tra­di­tion,’’ event co-or­di­na­tor Laura For­est says.

Auck­land cen­tral bur­lesque per­former ‘‘Amorous Ava’’ will be the face be­hind the Lucha Li­bre wrestler mask hand­ing out lol­lies in St Kevin’s Ar­cade dressed as her al­ter-ego ‘‘ La Luchadora’’.

To­mor­row will also mark the launch of K’ Rd’s in­au­gu­ral light show High­lights.

Vir­tual dis­plays will be pro­jected on to the precinct’s char­ac­ter build­ings over 10 days.

First Thurs­days takes place across St Kevin’s, La Gonda and Cross St ar­cades to­mor­row from 6pm to 9pm.

With at­ti­tude: The Lucha Li­bre wrestler is just one of the high­lights in an evening filled with Mex­i­can themed en­ter­tain­ment on K Rd.

Bring it: La Luchadora is ready to show reg­u­lar First Thurs­days vis­i­tors what she’s made of.

On show: Look out for La Luchadora in St Kevin’s Ar­cade be­tween 6 and 9pm to­mor­row.

Pho­tos: JESS LEE

Mex­i­can fi­esta: Bur­lesque per­former Amorous Ava will be­come Mex­i­can wrestler La Luchadora to­mor­row at First Thurs­days.

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