The Porirua Community Arts Council is putting out the call for people who want to be involved in next year’s Festival of the Elements – be it as a performer or a volunteer.
The annual Waitangi Day celebration of arts and culture will return to Te Rauparaha Park, the nearby Arena and Pataka on February 6.
Co-ordinator Margaret Armour says the public can expect a few changes from previous festivals.
Though much of the event is still in the planning and fundraising stages, she says Waitangi Day falling on a Sunday will ensure the festival is ‘‘ a bit different’’ as the involvement from Porirua’s Pacific Island and Mormon communities will be reduced – at least for the early part of the day.
The ‘‘element’’ up for major attention in 2011 is water. The wet stuff will feature prominently, albeit frozen, in the returning ice sculpture competition – a major hit at this year’s festival – and Porirua Harbour will itself play a part.
Dignitaries will arrive on a waka hourua, and three waka ama clubs will have 12 vessels out on the water.
Ms Armour confirmed the handson children’s attraction Art Action! and the skateboarding competition would definitely return and plenty of young talent would be showcased on the performance stage in Te Rauparaha Arena.
Headline acts for the main stage, however, are still being targeted.
The arts council has also commit- ted to a stronger relationship with Ngati Toa on the event’s organisation and has set higher goals on achieving zero waste.
If you want to be involved in the Festival of the Elements 2011, contact these numbers:
Performers and volunteers: Margaret on 027 224 5670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sculptors for the ice sculpture event: Pearl on 027 390 8950.
Contact information is also available on a video screen at Porirua Library.
Cold sweat: Royden Ekman works on his ice sculpture at this year’s Festival of the Elements.