Wanaka po­ets to read works live

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

An ar­ray of Wanaka’s finest word­smiths will take to the stage next week as part of a Wanaka Show­case for the Out­spo­ken fes­ti­val. Event or­gan­iser Liz Bres­lin said the evening would be a night of per­for­mance from ris­ing stars to those who were well es­tab­lished on the spo­ken word cir­cuit. While the lineup was still be­ing fi­nalised, she con­firmed some of those who would be tak­ing part in the fes­ti­val were stu­dents and teach­ers from Mount As­pir­ing Col­lege, per­form­ers from Flat Out Pro­duc­tions and Wanaka po­ets Liz Malush­nig and Jan Kelly. A spe­cial per­for­mance would also be given by the Cat­a­lyst crew, of Christchurch, fea­tur­ing the Lyt­tel­ton Po­ets. ‘‘They’ve been ac­tive in pro­mot­ing spo­ken word for 10 years and their range, en­thu­si­asm and ex­pe­ri­ence shine through in each per­for­mance,’’ Ms Bres­lin said. The fes­ti­val of words and sto­ry­telling, which was kicked off on Jan­uary 12 with a per­for­mance by New Zealand’s most cel­e­brated poet Sam Hunt, will run un­til Fe­bru­ary 18. It was hoped it would be­come a yearly com­mu­nity event and or­gan­is­ers were look­ing for con­tri­bu­tions, do­na­tions, feed­back and ideas to make it hap­pen.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Top Bard: New Zealand poet Sam Hunt per­forms while open­ing the Out­spo­ken fes­ti­val. On Tues­day a lo­cals show­case as well as per­for­mances by the Cat­a­lyst crew will be held in Wanaka.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Pro­mot­ing the word: Mem­bers of the Lyt­tel­ton Po­ets group which will per­form along­side lo­cals at a Wanaka Show­case as part of the Out­spo­ken fes­ti­val next week.

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