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Summer concerts combined in one bumper event

18 December 2007

ASB Classical Sparks is being relaunched as New Zealand’s biggest and best free summer concert.

The Christchurch City Council, based on feedback from residents and through its Events Strategy, has consolidated its large park events into one mega night which will become the best free concert in the country.

From now on, the ‘home’ of ASB Classical Sparks will be Waitangi Day Eve, February 5, and Prime Minister Helen Clark has acknowledged this positioning with special funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for 2008.

ASB is delighted to be the new naming rights sponsor of the show for 2008, after seven great years of sponsoring Starry Nights.

ASB South Island Regional Manager Colin Jefferies says: "ASB is proud to support the Christchurch community with this fantastic show, which we know will be the headline event for our summer."

Headlining ASB Classical Sparks on February 5 2008 is Christchurch singer Bic Runga and Geoff Sewell of Amici Forever fame. This year ASB Classical Kids will see talented musicians from Burnside and Cashmere High Schools perform classical and jazz music while the crowds are heading for the park.

Christchurch City Council Events Production Team Manager Mark Hadlow and his team have a host of other unexpected surprises in store for event-goers – you’ll have to be there to find out!

"We have a superb line-up for Classical Sparks 2008, and believe the show will become the most sensational outdoor park event in the country," Mr Hadlow says.

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