Win­ter Fes­ti­val a first for city

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

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.

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