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.

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