Street car­ni­val opts for the Topp shelf

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - CARLY THOMAS

When Square Edge’s Shaun Kay heard the Topp Twins would be in town, he knew this year’s Lit­tle Cuba Car­ni­val had found its theme.

The car­ni­val is in its fourth year, and Kay said with the Topp Twins stop­ping into Feild­ing on their na­tional tour, the or­gan­is­ers de­cided that an ur­ban car­ni­val ‘‘with a dash of coun­try gala’’ would be the way to go.

‘‘We just love the Topp Twins, who doesn’t? And the Topp Twins have the same sort of vibe and ethos that we roll with here at Square Edge and in the Palmer­ston North arts com­mu­nity – em­pow­er­ing women, be­ing green, the po­lit­i­cal sta­tus of a true artist, and al­low­ing space to cre­ate.

‘‘It’s about lo­cals be­ing lo­cal and get­ting out into the com­mu­nity.’’

Kay said the car­ni­val also ties in with the Topp Twin’s dis­play of pho­tos, An Ex­hi­bi­tion for New Zealand, run­ning at Te Manawa from May 20 - Oc­to­ber 29.

‘‘That is cov­er­ing their more po­lit­i­cal and fem­i­nist side of who they are. The car­ni­val will be the fun stuff.’’

Kay said the Topp Twins will be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance and will be en­cour­aged to join in.

‘‘But I’m pretty sure they won’t need much en­cour­ag­ing, they are so great. They think what we are do­ing is just the bee’s knees.’’

The car­ni­val, which will stretch along Ge­orge St, some of Cuba St and into Square Edge Com­mu­nity Arts, will fea­ture lo­cal musicians and per­form­ers, a Topp Twins in­spired art ex­hi­bi­tion, Te Manawa’s Dis­cov­ery Time, a me­mo­rial Fred Dagg gum­boot throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and food stalls.

A ‘re­gional pikelet room’ will also be open at Snails: Artist run space.

Kay said this would be a ‘‘1950s pikelet den com­plete with hair sa­loon, old school tech­nol­ogy to try out, and real pikelet feast­ing’’.

The Lit­tle Cuba Car­ni­val is on Satur­day from 10am to 4pm.


The Lit­tle Cuba Car­ni­val will once again bring peo­ple to­gether.

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