Dozens of events over 10-day festival
Pop-rock parody musicians from Germany, circus mimes from Switzerland, Australian comic theatre and many other weird and wonderful acts will be winging their way to Wairarapa in the next few weeks.
The bi-annual Kokomai Creative Festival takes place from October 13-22 and boasts 65 events over that time. Music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and literature will be held at various venues including rural halls, churches, the Carterton Event Centre and parks around the region.
The line-up includes a North Carolina raised, German-based bluesman called Big Daddy Wilson who mixes blues, gospel, roots, soul, funk and reggae in what is described by one German music critic as ‘‘the musical equivalent of a gourmet dinner at a five-star restaurant’’.
Also hailing from Germany are Otto and Astrid, a pop-rock parody act in the style of Spinal Tap and Flight of the Conchords who claim to be ‘‘super musicians and unparalleled performers of stellar proportions, gigantic and explosive’’.
Swiss circus act Pss Pss are clowns in the style of Marcel Marceau and bring a critically acclaimed act that blends physical dexterity with thoughtful humour.
Melbourne theatre troupe The Suitcase Royale bring a comedy play called The Ballad of Backbone Joe that is set in whatever town it happens to be performed in.
Also from Melbourne is Daniel Tobias whose show The orchid and the crow is a tragi-comedy about a man diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Festival marketing manager Jenny Gasson said they were excited to be putting on such a diverse event.
‘‘We have shows happening from Tinui to Martinborough and everywhere in between. Several of the acts have never even been to Wellington so it’s a great excuse for people to come over the hill for a day trip and check out some of the talent on offer.
‘‘It is the third festival and we hope we have something for everyone.’’
Kokomai Trust Chairman Bob Francis said the inaugural festival was held in 2013 and since then support for the event had grown significantly.
Daniel Tobias puts on a show about testicular cancer.