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