A global adventure


THE 14th annual ILT Kidzone Festival will take its participants “Around the World”.

Festival director Claire Blau said the theme for this year’s festival, Around the World, would allow children of all ages, and their caregivers, to experience different cultures and festivals from around the globe.

“The festival appeals to all sorts of children, young people and their families, with all sorts of interests on offer.

“This year, with the theme of Around the World, they can learn about other cultures, as well as share our own and their own.”

The Gore Corps Multiplayer Gaming Club, which hosts after-school programmes, public weekend events and holiday activities, would also be launched at the festival, she said.

There will be hundreds of hands-on activities for children and teenagers of all ages, as well as their caregivers, to enjoy, including festival favourites, entertainers and roving performers.

“Every year we offer a range of things for the different age groups.”

Some of this year’s highlights include performances by the Kadodo West African Drum N’ Dance troupe, as well as workshops, the James Hargest College senior campus Kapa Haka Te Kapa Haka O Hemi Hakena and Shelly E. Coutts Dance Academy’s Jetset Dance Troupe.

“Dressed as air hostesses, the Jetset Dance Troupe fits in well with our theme,” Ms Blau said.

Also new this year, saving the world via the bee hive, Royal Jelly by Co Theatre Physical will present a funny, beautiful, thought-provoking show about bees and the environment.

Tickets for the annual festival were on sale and as the festival was known to sell out, people were encouraged to get their tickets as early as possible to avoid missing out, Ms Blau said.

Tickets are $17 per person, per day (free for under 2 years). Booking fees may apply. Everyone under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult, who must also hold a valid ticket.

“Once you enter, all the fun is free.”

More than 200 volunteers were also needed throughout the six days each year, Ms Blau said, so the call had also gone out for anyone wanting to help out.

“More hands make light work… the volunteers are the lifeblood of the festival and without them the event would not be possible.”

To volunteer, register online at the ILT Kidzone Festival website or pick up a volunteer application form from the Venture Southland office on Spey St.

ILT Kidzone Festival, James Hargest College senior campus, Layard St, Wednesday, July 11, to Monday, July 16, 10.30am-3.30pm daily. Tickets available from the Invercargill i-SITE, Southland District Council area offices, the Gore Visitor Centre and via www.iltkidzone.co.nzRunning sport mediaAIR MAX PLUS