Join La Fi­esta line-up

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Pitched as New Zealand’s coolest lit­tle fes­ti­val, Whanganui’s unique cel­e­bra­tion of women and com­mu­nity La Fi­esta is set to roll from Fe­bru­ary 14 to March 10.

The Women’s Net­work co-or­di­nates this event ev­ery year, with the fes­ti­val be­ing the brain­child of man­ager and fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Carla Don­son. In­vi­ta­tions to par­tic­i­pate in La Fi­esta’s 10th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion are now open to the pub­lic. If you have an idea for an ac­tiv­ity, or would like to run one, the Women’s Net­work would love to hear from you. All ac­tiv­ity and event ideas need to be sub­mit­ted by Novem­ber 23. Pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals have fea­tured food demon­stra­tions, the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions, doc­u­men­tary screen­ings, cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties, mu­si­cal per­for­mances, and a host of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Carla is ex­cited the pro­gramme con­tin­ues to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple in Whanganui. It has also at­tracted vis­i­tors from across the cen­tral and lower North Is­land. The fes­ti­val ear­lier this year fea­tured pre­sen­ters from the Manawatu¯ , Taranaki and Welling­ton re­gions. Carla stands by her claim that La Fi­esta is unique in New Zealand, and the line-up has pre­vi­ously fea­tured some award-win­ning fe­male mu­si­cians such as Anna Cod­ding­ton, Amiria Grenell, Jess Cham­bers and Lisa Tom­lins; with award-win­ning co­me­dian Michele A’Court head­lin­ing in 2016.

One of the ma­jor fo­cal points of the events pro­gramme is its cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day (IWD) com­mem­o­rated an­nu­ally on March 8. IWD was es­tab­lished in 1911 and is of­fi­cially sanc­tioned by the United Na­tions as a day to re­flect on women’s progress and to con­tinue chal­leng­ing for change. Cel­e­brated as a na­tional pub­lic hol­i­day in al­most 30 coun­tries around the world, IWD con­tin­ues to be an im­por­tant day for po­lit­i­cal mo­bil­i­sa­tion and con­scious­ness-rais­ing.

“La Fi­esta pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for our com­mu­nity to meet in­cred­i­ble women go­ing about their or­di­nary lives in truly re­mark­able ways, demon­strat­ing their cando at­ti­tudes, courage, and pro­found wis­dom; as well as in­tro­duc­ing you to some men that are hugely sup­port­ive of women’s lead­er­ship,” says Carla.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val or to reg­is­ter your ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est, con­tact the Women’s Net­work ph [06] 345 6833, email: wom­ or visit the of­fi­cial fes­ti­val web­site: http:/ /lafi­es­

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