Frozen family fun

Venture Southland major events co-ordinator Claire Blau. Photo: Petrina Wright

THE three-week Invercargill Spring Festival is now under way at the Gala St Reserve, featuring a 15m x 25m pop-up ice skating rink and a giant 4.5m diameter snow globe courtesy of Ice World New Zealand.

“Some kids have never been on the ice before so this will be something special they’re able to experience for the first time,” Venture Southland (VS) major events co-ordinator Claire Blau said.

Dekan Harris (left, 8) and brother Ryder (7) at the ice skating rink in the Gala St reserve last week as part of the Invercargill Spring Festival.

“It has been our mission to try and bring new things to Invercargill… bringing events to Invercargill which the public would not otherwise have access to.”

Michael Mackenzie and Mihiana Nankivell (3) at the ice skating rink in the Gala St reserve last week as part of the Invercargill Spring Festival.

As part of the festival, facilitated by VS, competitive skaters from Ice Sports Southland in

Gore will perform demonstrations on Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm.

“We’re really pleased to be working with Ice Sports Southland… Hopefully this will inspire

people to get on the rink and also pursue skating after the festival up at the rink in Gore,” she said.

As well as the on-ice action, a selection of food stalls are on-site, along with entertainment provided by a DJ booth manned by More FM and live music including Southland’s D&M Duo’s Daniel Monteath and Michelle Lange, who will perform on the festival’s final day on Sunday, October 15, from 3-5pm.

The festival is a free event for spectators.

“You don’t have to pay to watch, which is great because it means everyone can get amongst

it. So come and enjoy the atmosphere, listen to the music, watch the skaters and have something to eat,” Ms Blau said.

The festival aimed to fill a gap in the city’s event calendar and, if it proved successful, it was hoped it would become an annual or biennial event, she said.

“We would love to have [the Invercargill Spring Festival] as a regular feature of our events calendar.”

The Invercargill Spring Festival is a collaboration between VS, Ice World New Zealand, Community Trust of Southland (CTOS), Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT), ILT Foundation and the Invercargill City Council.

Invercargill Spring Festival, Gala St Reserve, September 23-October 15. Skating admissions adults $20, students with ID and children aged 6 to 16 years $15, children aged 5 and under $10, free for spectators. Snow globe free.



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