Es­planade Day for fun, frol­ics and fes­tiv­i­ties

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

Fin­gers are crossed for a fine Es­planade Day.

The an­nual free car­ni­val in Palmer­ston North’s Vic­to­ria Es­planade prom­ises plenty to keep fam­i­lies en­gaged and en­ter­tained on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19.

The event is set to have two live stages, rov­ing per­form­ers, food, cul­tural and ac­tiv­ity stalls, as well as chil­dren’s entertainment, such as bouncy cas­tles, slides, horse rides, face paint­ing and bal­loons.

Or­gan­iser Karen Hea­phy has brought back some favourites as well as new acts.

Cir­cus per­form­ers and award­win­ning jug­gling buskers Zane and Degge Jarvis re­turn as Kev and Trev with Bev in their new Kiwi Cir­cus BBQ Show.

‘‘Even the sim­ple act of bar­be­cu­ing can turn into ab­so­lute may­hem. There will be three shows through­out the day - you may have seen their lu­mi­nes­cent jug­gling act on NZs Got Tal­ent. They’re not to be missed,’’ Hea­phy said.

On the main stage, the fea­ture act is an en­sem­ble from New Zealand’s premier A Grade Cham­pi­onship band, Welling­ton Brass.

Four times na­tional brass cham­pion, the band was also 2015 Aus­tralian cham­pion, and per­formed with dis­tinc­tion last year at the Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­onships.

The band’s By­ron New­ton said the en­sem­ble would be pre­sent­ing a pro­gramme of non-trad brass band mu­sic. The seven-piece group in­cludes a vo­cal­ist and would be per­form­ing chart hits from the past 10 years.

Swiss-Kiwi An­dre Manella, aka Sonic Delu­sion, should be fa­mil­iar to Palmer­ston North au­di­ences. The Taranaki-based mu­si­cian turns up to Es­planade Day in one-man elec­tro-acous­tic loop band racon­teur mode.

Sonic Delu­sion played New Year in The Square in 2014, along with a per­for­mance for the old Te Manawa Con­cert Se­ries, and in The Dark Room, where he played a re­lease party for his 2015 al­bum With­out Warn­ing.

Rov­ing per­form­ers - storyteller Tanya Batt with mu­si­cian Peter Forster - present Belle on a Bike - A Car­a­van of Sto­ries, cel­e­brat­ing the 200th an­niver­sary of the bi­cy­cle, with tall tales, his­to­ries, songs and po­ems all pre­sented in an in­ter­ac­tive pedal-pow­ered fash­ion. They also give three shows through­out the day.

Other rov­ing per­form­ers in­clude Ray Watch­man busk­ing on didgeri­doo and na­tive Amer­i­can flutes.

Te Papa from Welling­ton is bring­ing a taster of its cur­rent Bug Lab ex­hi­bi­tion, with the chance to win a trip to the cap­i­tal and take in the im­mer­sive Weta Work­shop dis­play de­signed for hu­mans from a bug’s per­spec­tive.

Hea­phy said there will be plenty of other high­lights dur­ing the day be­tween 10am to 4pm, in­clud­ing lo­cal dance troupes, cheer­lead­ers, and mu­si­cians on the Kids End stage ad­ja­cent to the play­ground, as well as other rov­ing per­for­mances, in­ter­ac­tive stalls and dis­plays.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of a fine day, she re­minded fam­i­lies about tak­ing sun-smart pre­cau­tions.


Zane Javis toasts his tush while brother Degge per­am­bu­lates the bar­be­cue dur­ing the Kiwi Cir­cus BBQ Show.

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