Stroll back into op­ti­mistic days

The art deco style cel­e­bra­tion kicks off

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Dust off those striped blaz­ers, straw boater hats and flap­per cos­tumes – it’s time to cel­e­brate Art Deco. About 2000 peo­ple are ex­pected to con­verge on Ran­furly this week­end to mark the town’s an­nual homage to the his­toric de­sign style. The fes­ti­val, in its 13th year, cel­e­brates the town’s dis­tinc­tive ar­chi­tec­ture af­ter parts of it needed to be re­built be­cause of a se­ries of fires in the 1930s. Event or­gan­iser Martin McPher­son, a spo­radic col­lec­tor of art deco items, said as well as all-day en­ter­tain­ment be­ing held as part of the fes­ti­val through­out the day and night on Satur­day, a cabaret on Fri­day night would be an evening to dress up and go back in time to cel­e­brate the ‘‘post-war time op­ti­mism’’ of the era. Those who at­tended the cabaret would be able to en­joy some gin­based cock­tails and en­ter­tain­ment by Sub­jec­t2Change. Satur­day’s events in­clude a grand pa­rade at 12.30, car-boot sales, mar­kets, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and street per­for­mances. Sev­eral art deco deal­ers would be in town and a ‘‘pop-up’’ art deco store would be open for those look­ing to grab a bargain and take a part of the mem­o­ra­bilia home. ‘‘Art deco was bright, clean lines and in­dus­trial, and it was the first era to use those de­signs. It was very mod­ern for its time,’’ Mr McPher­son said. Since then it had grabbed the at­ten­tion of de­sign­ers and was still be­ing im­ple­mented in de­signs to­day, he said.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627619542.

Deco de­lights: Ran­furly Art Deco Fes­ti­val event or­gan­iser Martin McPher­son gives his art deco cock­tail shaker a trial run be­fore it goes into use this Fri­day night at the fes­ti­val’s cabaret.

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