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Norwesta! Offers Music, Dancing and a ‘Bucketing Bronco’!

3 November 2003

Norwesta! Opening event of Showtime Canterbury, Friday October 31st, 4pm to 9pm, Cathedral Square.

This Friday Cathedral Square comes alive as the Showtime Canterbury festival begins, promising two weeks crammed full of events for all ages.

At 4.30pm CPIT tutor Henry Sunderland will help the festival ‘kick-off’ with an interactive performance art creation entitled Bucketing Bronco. Part of the Showtime Canterbury Painted Horse project, this life sized model thoroughbred will be created onsite by students of the CPIT Foundation of Design programme.

Henry feels the project is unique. ‘ The idea is primarily to have fun doing it, and have fun viewing it! ‘ He says. ‘ It’s a pun on the idea of a bucking bronco, and we’re wanting to involve people in the process of art creation ‘in the moment’’.

After an afternoon of wood chopping, celebrity sulky races, stalls, petting zoo and kappa haka, the evening promises exotic music sounds and dancing.

Pandemonium, the cities foremost percussion ensemble, will create Latin sounds for hundreds of dancers invited to attend.

Chris Chirnside, Roanna Cooper, Stephen Fischer, Martin Genet, Craig Given, Brett Painter, Jeremy Thin and Paul Thompson formed the ensemble in 1998, and since then have presented their unique, eclectic style of international music at a huge variety of events and venues ranging from the Netball World Cup to the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Pandemonium will be joined by Ritmo Latino. Based in Christchurch, the band is comprised of a 3 part brass section, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, plus 3 percussionists, conga, bongo, Timbales a double bass piano and vocals!

With a Latin style evoking ‘The Beuna Vista Social Club’, Ritmo Latino specialize in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican music including the styles of Rumba, Salsa, Bolero, Mambo and Afro-Cuban Jazz.

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