El­e­men­tal skills

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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 ar­mour@xtra.co.nz.

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.

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