Winter Festival a first for city
A two-day street-fest will be the highlight of Palmerston North’s inaugural Winter Festival. Opensided marquees will straddle George St to enable people to socialise, enjoy live music, local food and hands-on, winter-themed activities.
Palmy knows how to party any time of the year and being the home of the New Zealand Rugby Museum and New Zealand Sport and Rugby Institute the city has a strong hold on our national sport. The three-day Winter Festival is timed to coincide with the expected 2000 Lions rugby tour visitors enjoying a break between the two consecutive Wellington-based games.
Palmerston North is also hosting the World in Union conference during this time, which involves an international array of rugby academics, practitioners and educators.
‘‘We want to welcome our visitors and show them some Manawatu hospitality, and for our community to also have some fun,’’ says PNCC community engagement manager Ian Littleworth.
Music lovers can enjoy a great line up of artists at the two-day George St Festival with Auckland Rock Trio Brendon Thomas and The Vibes being the headline act for Thursday night (June 29). Some may remember them reaching the finals of the last series of NZ X-Factor for their talented musicianship and unique interpretation on some rock classics.
Friday night’s headline acts are the New Zealand Army Stage Band and renowned Wellington-based Frank Burkitt Band, an acoustic swing band heavily influenced by American roots.
There are a number of other excellent local musicians and bands performing throughout the two day street-fest. Also adding to the festive atmosphere on Friday evening is the eclectic and craft-focused Village Night Market.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and refreshments.
George St is a culinary haven with amazing cafes and licensed restaurants. There will also be selected food trucks parked in Coleman Mall. During the street-fest George St and Coleman Mall will be open to pedestrians only.
Another highlight of the Winter Festival is the Lions Tour Choir performing at the Conference and Function Centre at 2pm on Friday June 30, for one of their few public concerts. Low-priced tickets are expected to be in high demand, so early booking is recommended. (Tickets are $10 from Ticket Direct).
The three-day Winter Festival, literally kicks off on Wednesday June 28 with a fiercely fought battle between the New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force representative rugby teams at Central Energy Trust Arena at 2.45pm.
The Winter Festival runs from June 28 to 30 and is supported by the Palmerston North City Council.
Palmerston North City Council’s Facebook events pages and www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz/winterfestival have information relating to festival.