Esplanade Day for fun, frolics and festivities
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.