Street carnival opts for the Topp shelf
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.