Fes­ti­val in pre­ferred venue

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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