Wearable Arts Gala promises the weird and wonderful
If it’s true that ‘you are what you wear’ then there are some very interesting people in our midst and they will all be on show in Paparoa’s Wearable Arts Gala (WAG) later this month.
Entries have just closed and the mind boggles at the amazing artistry, ingenuity and comedy that will grace the catwalk at this year’s event.
Audiences will enjoy a show of creative works of art firstly in a choreographed show with music, then as a catwalk display showing each creation.
This year will build on experience gained from previous events with the addition of two artistic directors – Dennise Brownlee and Penny Goodall – both of whom are talented theatrical and artistic performers, and experienced and innovative choreographer Lyn Jordan.
The supporting committee is an enthusiastic group determined to ensure the event runs smoothly and is full of fun for entrants and audiences alike.
The aim is to give contestants as wide an audience as possible. WAG is a good-humoured, fun event and the standard of entries has risen every year with some outstanding costumes being exhibited. In particular, the number of entries from young people has been very satisfying and wearable art is an excellent means for them to become involved in the arts.
Entrants are able to win fabulous prizes including two tickets to the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Arts in Wellington.
The categories for this year should propel creative imaginations to dizzying heights: Mask or full headgear (for children 12 and under), Pasifica, Bloomin’ Ridiculous, Rubbish, and World of sci-fi. Two special sections, Bizarre Bra and Curious Codpiece will titivate audiences.
With a catwalk stretching the length of Paparoa Hall every seat will get an excellent view of proceedings and enjoy the live music, a complimentary glass of bubbles or juice prior to the show and the cash bar later. It promises to be a show of dazzling visual delights.
■ Group bookings: one FREE ticket for every ten bookings in the group.
■ Contact: Betty Cairns (09) 431 6515, firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Brooks Motors will supply a return bus ride for the Matinee: Mangawhai Village Library Hall 12.45pm $10; Waipu Monument, 12.45pm $10; Maungaturoto 1.15pm $5.