Arts fes­ti­val goes back to school

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South­ern Lakes school chil­dren will be treated to spe­cial work­shops and ex­clu­sive live per­for­mances by lead­ing New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers this week.

The Fes­ti­val of Colour’s Schoolfest co­or­di­na­tor Laura Wil­liamson says it will be a rare op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence the pro­fes­sional arts first hand and learn from in­dus­try vet­er­ans.

’’Schoolfest gives stu­dents face to face, hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing with the kind of artists and per­form­ers they don’t of­ten have the chance to meet liv­ing in a ru­ral area.

‘‘They also get to see ‘ real world’ ex­am­ples of some of the cre­ative skills they learn in school, like art, writ­ing and per­for­mance.’’

The pro­gramme in­cludes Christchurch Sym­phony Orches­tra mem­bers and Auck­land ukelele group The Nukes and The Song Dis­pen­sary.

Chore­og­ra­pher Louise Potik­iBryant and elec­tron­ica DJ Paddy Free have been col­lab­o­rat­ing with Mount Aspir­ing Col­lege stu­dents to pro­duce a dance video.

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Lu­cie Pert­lova from the Czech Repub­lic helps with the har­vest at The Wooing Tree in Cromwell.

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