Ir­ish cul­ture at fes­ti­val


Jes­sika and Rebekah Hunt­ley from Pukerua Bay are all glammed up and ready to strut their stuff.

The two girls from Kerry School of Ir­ish Dance will per­form along­side a group of other dancers at this week­end’s Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments. It wil be the 24th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val. Though this will not be the first time Jes­sika and Rebekah have been on stage, it will be their first time per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val.

They could not stop smil­ing as they spoke about how ex­cited they were about their fes­ti­val ap­pear­ance.

‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing fun and danc­ing in front of ev­ery­one,’’ Jes­sika said. ‘‘I want to dance my best. ‘‘I want to show Porirua how good we are,’’ Rebekah said.

The group from Kerry School of Ir­ish Dance will be do­ing a com­posed dance and will be on stage in Te Rau­paraha Park at about noon.

The girls said they would love to have peo­ple come and watch their per­for­mance.

Other en­ter­tain­ment locked in for Fe­bru­ary 6 in­cludes per­for­mances by Vir­tu­oso Strings and Elena, Welling­ton su­per­group The Eggs, The Ukes of Welling­ton, an ex­hi­bi­tion and work­shop of shadow pup­pets, a sculp­ture com­pe­ti­tion us­ing Oa­maru stone, jug­glers and a tal­ent quest, plus reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as the skate jam and Art Ac­tion.

Mar­garet Armour, or­gan­iser of the fes­ti­val, said there was al­ways a bril­liant feel to the day.

‘‘Just see­ing how the dif­fer­ent events en­gage with young and old is so great,’’ she said.

‘‘The di­ver­sity in Porirua is show­cased and you have a car­ni­val feel around the venues.’’

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