Evento still wows crowds af­ter 20 years


‘‘I re­ally like Tim Bur­ton movies and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland, which is what my cos­tume is based on.’’ Kait­lyn John­ston

A won­drous cre­ation cap­tured the top prize at the Evento ex­trav­a­ganza as the wear­able arts show­case re­flected on 20 years of in­ge­nu­ity, colour and flair for de­sign.

Feild­ing High School’s ma­jor fundraiser had 48 stu­dents from 12 schools take to the Man­feild Park stage, com­pet­ing in four cat­e­gories.

Kait­lyn John­ston from Feild­ing High School was the supreme win­ner with her cre­ation Dion­aea Iri­daaceae from the Night­mare be­fore Evento cat­e­gory. The year 11 stu­dent said as a first-time en­trant she was shocked at her win.

‘‘I am very over­whelmed,’’ she said.

‘‘My cos­tume took me a good solid eight weeks, I had no so­cial life dur­ing that time.

‘‘My sis­ter did wear­able arts two years ago and she was the one that re­ally en­cour­aged me to do it.’’

The cat­e­gory was in­spired by the films of Tim Bur­ton, with a glow-in-the-dark el­e­ment and Kait­lyn said it was the per­fect cat­e­gory for her.

‘‘I re­ally like Tim Bur­ton movies and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland, which is what my cos­tume is based on.’’

Judge, pre­vi­ous Evento win­ner and Toi Whakaari grad­u­ate Jas- mine Shad­bolt said this year’s fi­nal de­ci­sion was a unan­i­mous one.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally de­cided re­ally fast, which was amaz­ing. She def­i­nitely had an eye for de­tail, it was beau­ti­ful and it stood out from quite far away as well. It looked great on stage.’’

Di­rec­tor of Evento Amanda Street said the in­ten­tion to think back about the show’s hum­ble be­gin­nings had been cap­tured.

‘‘It went amaz­ingly well. You get all these peo­ple and the kids just come alive and tonight they just lit up.’’

The win­ners of the other three cat­e­gories were: Danielle Fredrick­son (Feild­ing High School) with Au­toma­ton from the Time cat­e­gory. Rene Wil­liamson (Feild­ing High School) with When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Le­mon­ade from the Yel­low sec­tion, and Mil­lie Law (Tai­hape Area School) with Blue Girl on a Wire from the No 8 cat­e­gory.

All of the en­tries will be on dis­play at the Feild­ing and Dis­trict Art Cen­tre.


Supreme win­ner Kait­lyn John­ston mod­els her own cre­ation Dion­aea Iri­daaceae

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