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Greytown festival looking for talent

A new opportunity for local musicians, singers, dancers, and street performers has opened up this winter.

Wairarapa’s month-long Festival of Christmas is calling on the region’s talent to complete the programme for this year’s Street Performers Stage.

The stage will host four hours of entertainment from well-known and emerging artists at Greytown Town Hall from 2pm on 14 July.

While many of the entertainers are locked in, opportunities remain to shine a spotlight on local talent, festival events manager Rachael Fletcher said.

“We are really looking to try to add to that, to really showcase some of the great talent in our region.”

The Street Performers Stage, which is sponsored by charitable agency the Nikau Foundation, is a new feature for the mid-winter festival, which is now in its fourth year.

“It is another great string to the festival’s bow” and complements the festival’s community focus, Fletcher said.

“The festival really is about community. We have local businesses and organisations that are largely funding it. Nearly everything is done by locals. It really is proudly a Wairarapa event.”

There is no audition process or age limit on performers, and the festival organisers’ focus is on showcasing a variety of entertainment.

“You could be someone who’s an emerging artist that really wants an opportunity to perform. You could be a school band. We are really open,” Fletcher said.

“We just want to have a great variety of different types of performance so it’s a really vibrant afternoon of entertainment.”

Fletcher advises interested performers to get in quick.

“Once [the programme’s] full, it’s full. We’d encourage people to get in touch as soon as possible to try and get a spot.”

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