Evento turns twenty-one

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - SAM KILMIS­TER

In less than three weeks, Manawatu’s wear­able arts ex­trav­a­ganza will cel­e­brate its 21st birth­day and af­ter a year’s worth of plan­ning, it’s time for ac­tion.

Feild­ing High School’s Evento: Wear­able Art Awards re­turn on July 29 for an evening of mu­sic, dance and wear­able art, all cre­ated by se­condary school pupils.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in the high school hall, the show has grown in pop­u­lar­ity and is now held in the Man­feild Sta­dium in front of an au­di­ence of 2000 peo­ple.

The show’s ar­chi­tect, Amanda Street, said ticket sales were un­der way and, for the first time, they were avail­able on the in­ter­net.

‘‘It’s a move with the times. I hope it will make life eas­ier, be­ing just one click of a but­ton,’’ Street said. ‘‘In­creas­ingly, on­line is how peo­ple buy things.’’

While each piece of the puz­zle was be­gin­ning to fit into shape, there was never enough time in the day, she said.

‘‘Four weeks to go – and it feels like four min­utes. The weeks just fly. There are not enough hours in the day.’’

This year’s theme is na­ture, which was sure to stretch en­trants’ imag­i­na­tion to­ward the off­beat, the wacky and of­ten out­ra­geous cos­tumes we’ve come to ex­pect, Street said.

Three past en­trants will also play piv­otal roles this year. Iwalani Law­ton, a pro­fes­sional dancer in Aus­tralia and the face of Evento in 2012, will be the per­for­mance judge.

Holly Nor­ris, a pro­fes­sional designer and illustrator, will cre­ate the pro- gramme and Han­nah Ex­ton will pho­to­graph the cos­tumes.

‘‘You could say that with Iwalani and Holly, we’ve gone in­ter­na­tional. You can leave the coun­try but you can’t ever leave the show.’’

Evento started as a Feild­ing High School fundraiser and as a way for pupils to show off their sew­ing skills.

Its suc­cess soon es­ca­lated and out­grew the school’s hall. So did the de­mand of en­tries – it wasn’t long be­fore other schools around Manawatu, Ran­gi­tikei and Whanganui asked to be in­cluded.

The event moved to the Feild­ing Civic Cen­tre, but even­tu­ally ended up at Man­feild in 2010.

The move al­lowed the show to de­velop the en­ter­tain­ment value – ex­per­i­ment­ing with light­ing and stag­ing to cre­ate a more dar­ing pre­sen­ta­tion, Street said.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Erika Elers, from Tai­hape Area School, mod­els her cre­ation in last year’s show.

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