The NZ Ukulele Festival will move to Vector Arena for its tenth anniversary this December.
Apart from headliners, Hawaiian Youtube sensations Honoka and Azita, the festival will feature Malcolm Lakatani’s Creative Souls Project, The Nukes, a Teen Talent Showcase, workshops, free lessons, face-painting, pop up performances, competitions and giveaways. The highlight and grand finale will be a concert by the Kiwileles – a massive ukulele orchestra, with over 2500 Primary and Intermediate students representing 115 schools from Northland to Christchurch.
Chairperson Mary Cornish says the New Zealand Ukulele Trust is proud to be celebrating ten years of bringing music and fun to the community.
“We want the tenth anniversary festival to be a real celebration, so when going to Vector Arena became possible, we saw the potential for a huge party.”
“We’ll literally be rolling out the red carpet for our 2500 Kiwileles, who are going to be very excited about being on the same stage that superstars like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran have performed on.”
Schools start preparing for the festival as early as May, when the songbook and CD is released, with training workshops for teachers, who then work with their schools to learn the music.
The tenth festival is dedicated to the memory of former Patron Bill Sevesi QSM and his inspiring dream that every child in NZ would get the chance to play the ukulele.
December 3, 11am – 4pm
Vector Arena, Auckland