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    Star-studded programme for Matariki Festival 2011

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    Star-studded programme for Matariki Festival 2011

    Post by Simona on Wed May 18, 2011 3:16 pm

    Star-studded programme for Matariki Festival 2011

    Star-studded concerts, a new play’s premiere, traditional Māori food, a spectacular showcase of kites and a special kapa haka competition are all part of Auckland’s Matariki Festival 2011, on from 4 June to 4 July to celebrate Māori New Year.

    The Māori New Year has always been an important time in the Māori calendar and this year’s Matariki Festival features an exciting programme of events and activities to give everyone a chance to experience this living cultural tradition with tangata whenua and join in the celebrations at this special time of year.

    The festival includes a number of events proudly presented by Auckland Council, festival sponsors and supporters, along with a wide range of events and activities arranged by other organisations in the community to showcase Māori culture and creativity for all to enjoy.

    The Mayor says world-class, unique events like the annual Matariki Festival are key to achieving his vision of Tamaki Makaurau being the world’s most liveable city.

    “The festival provides a wide range of wonderful events for all Aucklanders to enjoy and also provides a special opportunity to attract visitors and to showcase talented people in our community and our unique cultural heritage too,” says Len Brown, who will officially launch the Matariki Festival 2011 programme at a special function on 26 May.

    “Given more Maori live here than in any other city in the world it is great to see the Matariki Festival going from strength to strength and I encourage everyone to brighten up their lives this winter by taking advantage of the events and activities included in this uniquely New Zealand celebration.”

    Key events in Matariki Festival 2011 include:

    • TĪRAMARAMA – a star-studded concert that will showcase contemporary Māori music with performances from artists including Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, Adeaze, the Nathan Haines Band and Ardijah - all singing acoustically as well as accompanied by the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Dr Charles Te Ahukaramu Royal will also present a new composition combining taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) with classical orchestration and the evening will culminate with the orchestra and all vocalists coming together to perform New Zealand’s most iconic waiata, Pokarekare Ana. (A ticketed event on Friday 24 June, 7.30pm at the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE - 0800BUYTICKETS or www.buytickets.co.nz)

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    More information, including details of all of the events, activities and competitions incorporated into the festival, is available on www.matarikifestival.org.nz.

    To read full article go to credit source --->
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1105/S00491/star-studded-programme-for-matariki-festival-2011.htm


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    Re: Star-studded programme for Matariki Festival 2011

    Post by kiwianabananarama on Sat May 21, 2011 2:09 pm

    ooohh I wouldn't mind going to that. Thanx Simo :)
    I love it when Stan sings his songs acoustically. I'd love to hear him accompanied with the ACO too. And I'm a huge fan of Adeaze and Ardijah... it should be a great night!

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