Festival in preferred venue
Spectators at the South Waikato Cultural Festival had a fantastic view thanks to a new venue.
For the first time since its construction, the South Waikato Sports and Event Centre hosted the event which saw primary and intermediate children from all over the district showcase their breathtaking cultural talents.
Committee chairman Jarred Boon said crowds peaked at about 600 during the bigger schools’ performances. But there was a slight drop in participants this year, he said, with 15 performances compared to previously averaging 20.
‘‘We had some schools pull out and some schools are biennial.’’
A lack of funds had prohibited the committee from securing the event centre in the past but a few extra sources came through this year, he said.
‘‘This has always been our aim and on this scale.’’
He said there is growth potential and he would like to see crowd numbers reach around 1000 in the near future.
Petrice Tarrant caught the action.
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Young stars: Age was no barrier to talent.
African dancers: The range of cultures in the South Waikato Cultural Festival is broadening each year.
Passion: Boys and girls alike put heart and soul into their performances.
Breathtaking: Tokoroa Intermediate students captured the audience with their Polynesian performance.
Poi skills: Te Waotu performers put on an impressive display.