1. ES­PLANADE DAY

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - Es­planade Day park­ing is avail­able at Manawaroa Park, with per­for­mance times avail­able at lance­wood­e­vents.co.nz.

The Big­gest Lit­tle Cir­cus re­turns this Sun­day to play the best Com­mu­nity Day in the Park ever. Plus plenty of other free fun ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

Death de­fy­ing fun! Among other things. Cool. It’s Es­planade Day.

10,000 peo­ple can turn up to the an­nual com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion in one of the coun­try’s best parks.

Es­planade Day or­gan­iser Karen Hea­phy is pre­pared for them. Along with the stalls, dis­plays, ac­tiv­i­ties, a pet­ting zoo and horse rides, bouncy cas­tles, fun­fair, face paint­ing, bal­loons, food and rov­ing per­form­ers, there are two per­for­mance stages fea­tur­ing end-on-end en­ter­tain­ment from 10am – 4pm.

A hit when they turned up last year was The Big­gest Lit­tle Cir­cus. Brothers Zane and Degge Jarvis and ae­ri­al­ist Imo­gen Stone wowed the crowd with their fab­u­lous fun-loaded ac­ro­bat­ics, fire jug­gling and prat-falls. Fresh from the World Buskers Fes­ti­val in Christchurch where they have been pre­vi­ous win­ners of the fes­ti­val’s sought-af­ter Iron Chicken Award, and also from per­form­ing their show To­mor­row Night Live at the New Zealand Fringe Fes­ti­val in Welling­ton, The BLC prom­ises even more clever crowd­pleas­ing ly­cra-loaded in­ter­ac­tive shenani­gans.

While the hour-long per­for­mance is free, it is a busk­ing show and if any­one feels so moved, con- tri­b­u­tions are wel­come.

Then there’s The Funky Bea­tles. Tak­ing the mu­sic of Mersey­side’s Fab Four, jazz­bos Dan Ye­ab­s­ley on sax­o­phone and mi­cro­phone, King Ye­ab­s­ley on or­gan, James Paul on gui­tar and Mike Jensen on drums, twist and shout their ar­range­ments into 21st cen­tury ver­sions of Bea­tles hits. It’s enough to make any sel­f­re­spect­ing Daytrip­per Back In The USSR Drive My Car Through the Bath­room Win­dow Eight Days A Week.

Other main­stage per­for­mances by the Cafe Es­planade in­clude cast mem­bers per­form­ing songs from Abbey Mu­si­cal Theatre’s forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Hair; Rock­ham­mer – a didgeri­doo and drumkit duo, other lo­cal bands and dance troupes.

On the Kids Zone stage Jef­frey Ad­di­son and Whaitaima Te Whare, con­tinue the in­ter­ac­tive Mighty Maui Pup­pet Show they pre­sented dur­ing Wai­tangi Day at Te Manawa.

PHOTO: FAIRFAX NZ

The tal­ented Zane and Degge Jarvis, who with Imo­gen Stone per­form as the Big­gest Lit­tle Cir­cus, are back for Es­planade Day.

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