Colour­ful World On Stage show back

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Some­thing mag­nif­i­cent, mem­o­rable and mul­ti­cul­tural is about to make a mighty splash at the Re­gent On Broad­way.

Pre­sented by the Manawatu Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil, and fol­low­ing the suc­cess of three sim­i­lar im­pres­sive bi­en­nial pro­duc­tions, World On Stage is to show­case acts from more than 20 of the city’s eth­nic groups.

Di­rected by Pat Snox­ell, the ‘‘ex­plo­sion of lights, colour, dance and mu­sic’’ fol­lows the suc­cess of three sim­i­lar and im­pres­sive bi­en­nial pro­duc­tions.

‘‘World On Stage pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for eth­nic groups within the city to present tra­di­tional dance, theatre and vo­cal and in­stru­men­tal mu­sic from their coun­try of ori­gin,’’ Pat says.

‘‘It’s an ex­cit­ing night en­hanced by per­form­ers wear­ing spec­tac­u­lar na­tional cos­tumes.’’

Anne Odogwu one of the pro­duc­ers from World On Stage, says the show pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for the per­form­ers to say ‘‘this is who I am and this is where I’m from’’. At pre­vi­ous

World On Stage pro­duc­tions, au­di­ence mem­bers ex­pressed their plea­sure not only at the va­ri­ety of the per­for­mances, but at be­ing able to learn more about the var­i­ous cul­tures.

Anne reck­ons the city is home to more than 100 na­tion­al­i­ties, all con­tribut­ing to its rich cul­tural fab­ric.

‘‘They have unique skills and tal­ents and want to show them to the au­di­ence,’’ Anne says. ‘‘In turn the au­di­ence will ex­pe­ri­ence acts and per­for­mances like they’ve never see be­fore.

‘‘It will be a won­der­ful night to re­mem­ber.’’

The con­cert also helps to high­light the work car­ried out by the Manawatu Mul­ti­cul­tural Coun­cil.

‘‘We pro­vide English lessons four days a week, hold arts and craft ses­sions, ar­range monthly morn­ing cof­fee and, on the fourth Fri­day of each month, or­gan­ise a pot luck meal,’’ Anne says.

‘‘We also op­er­ate a re­fer­ral sys­tem for peo­ple with is­sues or in­quiries they want re­solved or an­swered.’’

World On Stage, di­rected by Pat Snox­ell, is at the Re­gent on Broad­way, Satur­day, July 2 at 6.30pm. Adults $20, se­niors/stu­dents/chil­dren $15, and a two adult, two chil­dren fam­ily pass is $50.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

A para­sol dance from Manawatu’s Chi­nese Style Art Group was one of many colour­ful rou­tines pre­sented dur­ing World On Stage 2014.

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