Fes­ti­val filled with sur­prise and dis­cov­ery

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The pro­gramme for the Erupt Lake Taupo Fes­ti­val has been re­vealed.

The 11-day fes­ti­val, which lifts off on May 10 and con­tin­ues through to May 20, will fea­ture De­gus­ta­tion De­lights with Si­mon Gaul and The Wine­maker and The Cheese­maker, theatre per­for­mances from Guru of Chai, The Ad­ven­tures of Alvin Sput­nik, Beau­ti­ful Losers, The Sec­ond Test and Naked Samoans Go Home.

Mu­si­cal acts are var­ied and will in­clude Tom Rod­well and Store­house, Cub Club Jams, The Yoots, The Nukes, AK Barok, Josephine and the Al­cy­one Sys­tems, Nga Tae, Adam Page, Bob­bito Brazuka and The Bell­birds.

Work­shops will in­clude Lau­ren Lysaght, Nga Tae and Lan­tern Mak­ing (re­leased into Lake Taupo on the final night).

The Erupt to Light theme is ev­i­dent through­out and free events are cer­tain to spark cu­rios­ity and bring an el­e­ment of sur­prise and dis­cov­ery to the fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Amanda Wright said she had brought to­gether a pro­gramme that would ap­peal to ev­ery­one: the dis­cern­ing theatre- goer, fam­i­lies, young and older au­di­ences.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is fresh. It has a strong en­ter­tain­ment el­e­ment to­gether with emo­tional depth. Laugh­ter and tears, funny as well as deeply mov­ing,’’ she said. ‘‘I’ve taken a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to pro­gram­ming Erupt. Even though I’ve fol­lowed the stan­dard for­mula of theatre, dance, mu­sic . . . It has a dif­fer­ent flavour – it’s very ac­ces­si­ble.’’

The fes­ti­val fo­cuses on Taupo’s Great Lake Cen­tre but along­side are spe­cially con­structed fes­ti­val venues – the Crater Room and Cube Club.

Once the sun goes down the GLC will erupt to light with a video pro­jec­tion mapped to its ar­chi­tec­ture and a kilome­tre long path lit with more than 20 dif­fer­ent light in­stal­la­tions prom­ises to de­light.

The full pro­gramme is on www.erupt­fes­ti­val.co.nz from March 23 with ticket sales avail­able from Tick­etek from March 26.

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