Christ­mas at the Park set to be an evening of shar­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Christmas Feature - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Share Bro (a play on the Kiwi say­ing chur bro) is the theme at this year’s Christ­mas at the Park which will be held on Sun­day De­cem­ber 18 at Bed­ford Park.

Fes­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 4.30pm with a fam­ily car­ni­val. Mata­mata Brass will launch the evening’s mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment at 6.30pm.

There will be singing and danc­ing groups per­form­ing, in­clud­ing acts from As­pire Dance Academy and the Academy of Dance.

One of the lead acts is Poly­ne­sian dance group Poly­ne­sian F’atafai, who will come from For­est View High School in Toko­roa. This group won the Waikato Bay of Plenty Poly­ne­sian Dance Com­pe­ti­tion 2011.

The main band this year is Neon Funk and they will play a range of cov­ers and a branch of pop opera group Lyrica - Te­soro will also en­ter­tain on the night.

The evening will

be wrapped up by a fire­works ex­trav­a­ganza.

Christ­mas at the Park pro­gramme co- or­di­na­tor Missi Bon­nar said the evening was about shar­ing and giv­ing.

‘‘We will have a big sign with Share Bro on it.’’

Christ­mas at the Park is a two-yearly event which is co-or­di­nated by all churches in the Mata­mata area.

‘‘ This is our way of putting some­thing on for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and giv­ing back to them,’’ Mrs Bon­nar said.

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