6 September 2011 / The Body Festival

By: The Body Festival  05-Apr-2012

World Cup fever alive and well in Christchurch

Rugby World Cup matches in Christchurch became another victim of the Canterbury earthquakes, but our celebratory spirit will not be dampened as seven key matches are welcomed by Garden Variety; an artistic, visual and theatre spectacular.

Body Festival Director, Adam Hayward says the events are an adaption of what was planned for Rugby Road, leading fans from the city centre to the stadium. “The determination of all involved to recognise and celebrate the Cup matches is evident from the spectacular planned in Hagley Park. Earthquakes will not take this from us.

Garden Variety is part of the Body Festival and kicks off this Saturday. It’s a one-off extravaganza, of which Christchurch has never seen the like before. The special family oriented arts and entertainment, adjacent to the Rugby World Cup Fanzone in Hagley Park, provides a two-hour smorgasbord of stunning entertainment.

 “It also showcases the collaboration of a variety of arts forms coming together to showcase the individuality of their talents to create a collective masterpiece. It’s great to be able to use sport to leverage and present culture, dance and arts. This event really brings its very own Canterbury flavour to the cup matches and is a not-to–be missed event for the whole family.”

 More people dance in New Zealand on a weekly basis, than play Rugby and Netball combined. This was highlighted in 2006 when the TV audience for the Super 12 final between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders was around 400,000. The TV audience that same night for the final of Dancing With the Stars was 1,200,000.

Garden Variety is also part of the Real New Zealand Festival and is expected to be a highlight of both the local world cup celebrations and the Body Festival as a whole.

Venue Christchurch Events Village, North Hagley Park.
Date/Time Sat September 10th 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Fri September 16th 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Sat September 24th 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Sun October 2nd 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Sun October 9th 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Sun October 16th 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Sun October 23rd 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Garden Variety Lineup

  • The CHART Live Music Stage starts of the festivities with a selection of homegrown talent creating an exciting mix of up and coming talent along with some of the city's established and well known bands. The stage features live sets from the UCSA Battle Of The Bands winner Von Voin Strum, the RDU RoundUp winners Von Klap, acoustic goodness of Nadia Reid, one man band Stomping Nick and his Blues Grenade, the chart-topping Dukes and many more.
  • Try some Speed-Dancing! Find your dream dance on stage, flirt with several styles of dance in just 20 minutes - think speed dating with dance. You can learn basic steps of anything from Cha-cha to Cheerleading, Bollywood to Bachata. You never know, your feet might find their sole-mate!
  • Pandemonium will perform "Munted Drums", a collection of their favourite world music compositions but with a Pandemonium twist. Recently 'munted' instruments will be used as well as Pandemonium's collection of 'found' instruments from Christchurch's history. Any aftershocks will be seamlessly incorporated into the performance.
  • Crazy Crash Pad Rugby – Watch us catch the ball, crash about and demonstrate our frantic antics on tramps. We will be off the pitch, off the wall but not offbeat with jazz to match our agility and skill as we manoeuvre that elusive ball.
  • Aquatic themed music will be performed from members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Southern Opera. As if suspended on the pond’s surface, ensembles of strings, woodwind, brass, vocal and piano will perform a selection of fun and familiar music.
  • The Paul Kelly Motor Company Dancers will get some All Black cheers and dance routines going as they lead the crowds through into the Fanzone to cheer our team.

This is all stitched together with roving characters/ MC characters from:

  • Chant et Danse - fishing Gnomes off lake piers, over the top Dressed Hunters with cork pop guns hunting for ducks?1950's Style High Tea Characters roaming around Food stalls intermingling and having fun with the spectators, roaming lost children with prams and dolls, etc.
  • Court Jesters - One-eyed Cantabrians, Flossy and Flo from the green fingered gardening society, the Bingo Betty’s, and a mixture of historical Canterbury figures quoting facts about Canterbury.
  • Tablo – The National Theatre Company of New Zealand with roving mask and puppet characters to move the crowd along and provide points of calm in the craziness of the garden!

Further Information:

Body Festival Director

021 230 9029

Project Manager

 021 967 159

Media Enquiries:

Sandy Galland

027 479 3205

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