Fes­ti­val prepa­ra­tions in full swing

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Porirua’s in­ter­na­tional singing sen­sa­tion The Fource are among the cast of thou­sands lin­ing up for the Wai­tangi Day Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments at Te Rau­paraha Park.

The four Aotea Col­lege stu­dents who make up the bar­ber­shop quar­tet are in full swing as they pre­pare for the Fe­bru­ary 6 event, billed as the coun­try’s big­gest pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment out­side of the of­fi­cial Wai­tangi Day cel­e­bra­tion it­self.

‘‘Porirua will be buzzing on the day with an amaz­ing lineup of stars,’’ says event or­gan­iser Mar­garet Ar­mour. ‘‘The Fource epit­o­mises what Porirua is it­self – youth­ful in out­look, tal­ented, en­er­getic and suc­cess­ful.’’

It is 20 years since the first fes­ti­val and this one will be the big­gest ever, Ar­mour says.

‘‘We’ve built and built on the fes­ti­val each year till we’ve got to the stage where we have the big­gest pool of tal­ent in the whole coun­try – and that’s not just the en­ter­tain­ment.

‘‘Stalls and crafts are also a huge part in­clud­ing the colour­ful dis­play of cul­tures.

‘‘And on top of this there’s the amaz­ing cast of helpers as well. ‘‘Sup­port for the fes­ti­val goes right through the whole com­mu­nity. ‘‘We have tremen­dous back­ing.’’ The fes­ti­val’s pro­moter is the Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil and one of its aims is the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal tal­ent.

‘‘ We have fea­tured The Fource at three pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals,’’ says chair­man Bob Cater, ‘‘ and we are rapt that these amaz­ing young women have gone on to such suc­cess.

‘‘ At next year’s fes­ti­val, au­di­ences will see more out­stand- ing young artists on their way to fame and, hope­fully, for­tune.’’

Other acts at the fes­ti­val in­clude Api­rana Tay­lor demon­strat­ing and play­ing tra­di­tional Maori in­stru­ments; poet Glenn Colquhoun and singer Maria Kapa.

Among the bands are Tribal Ris­ing, Rosy Tin Tea­caddy and the Rodger Fox Welling­ton Jazz Or­ches­tra.

The Fource quar­tet won this year’s Ris­ing Star con­test, the world’s premier event for fe­male bar­ber­shop quar­tets un­der 25.

They won the ti­tle in Oc­to­ber in Hous­ton, Texas.

They also won the New Zealand high schools con­test for the third year run­ning.

They’re one of the busiest quar­tets in New Zealand, per­form­ing at many events in­clud­ing Par­lia­men­tary and em­bassy func­tions, Massey Univer­sity’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, Christ­mas at the Park, Porirua City Coun­cil events, char­ity and awards cer­e­monies, and TV ap­pear­ances.

Fa­mous among the fa­mous: De­spite their busy sched­ule, The Fource quar­tet still find time for re­hearsals. The walls of the Aotea Col­lege mu­sic room fea­ture plenty of in­spi­ra­tion. From left, Theodora Esera, Olivia Samuel, Ge­orgina Pe­ni­amina and Knox­ana Leasi.

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