Plenty to entertain us in the year ahead
Welcome to Overture for the first time this year.
I’m hoping that, by the time you read this, the weather will have improved, the wind banished to the Antarctic and we can all enjoy the final month of a forgettable summer.
However, for as long as I can remember, autumn has never let us down.
There are plenty of outdoor events to enjoy in February. In particular Esplanade Open Day on Sunday, February 19, is a landmark event in the city and allows us to appreciate one of the beautiful natural attractions we have.
Esplanade Open Day, from 10am to 4pm, offers an incredible mix of live entertainment, food, culture and family fun. It provides an opportunity for the thousands of people to experience the food, browse the stalls and allow youngsters to run off their energy on the attractions, the bouncy castles, the horse rides, try face painting and ride on the miniature railway.
The Open Day showcases a variety of talented community groups and local organisations as well providing the opportunity for local and national performers, band and dance groups to perform.
Look for the New Zealand Army’s trucks, tanks and gallons of camouflage paint.
A week earlier we can experience one of the highlights of the sporting season.
The New Zealand Grand Prix is held at Manfeild on February 11-12. New Zealand’s most prized motorsport trophy is contested as part of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series.
Following the death of one of New Zealand’s racing greats, Manfeild is known as Circuit Chris Amon. Chris, whose home was Bulls, always attended the New Zealand Grand Prix. His passing will be commemorated at the Grand Prix this year.
In addition to the feature race, there’s the Toyota 86 Championship, the Formula 1600 and the BNT NZ Touring Cars events.
Waitangi Day is special in the lives of New Zealanders and the event locally will be hosted by Te Manawa.
To honour our special day, the whole of the Te Manawa precinct from The Globe to the Convention Centre will come alive with a rich cross-cultural celebration of music, activities and film.
There’ll be magic shows, stalls to shop at and our everpopular ‘‘participation stations.’’ It’s a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to come together.
It might be early in the year but Abbey Musical Theatre, the Regent on Broadway and Palmerston North Boys’ High and Girls’ High are in serious rehearsal for musical theatre events in March and April. We will look forward to Blood
Brothers, A Chorus Line and Footloose respectively. We can also look back at the major productions from 2016. The Globe Awards on Friday, February 24, are a glittering event that pays homage to the best of the best during last year. Twenty-six theatre performances were judged by a panel of adjudicators, convened by Sheridan Hickey, and their selection of the top productions and individual performances will be announced at the awards on February 24.
Some outstanding productions were seen during 2016 and the awards ceremony promises celebration, entertainment, and even some surprises.
It’s a night to strut the red carpet and celebrate everything that’s good and vibrant about theatre in the Manawatu region.
Rising young gun Marcus Armstrong from Christchurch will race at Manfeild next month.