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.’’