Inaugural Spring River Festival: Great Line Up For Festival Gigs Announced
An awesome line up of bands has been announced for the two concerts planned for the inaugural Spring River Festival over Labour Weekend.
Cornerstone Roots the well-known contemporary New Zealand reggae band is to headline at “B-Town RockSteady”, the ticketed event in the evening. Supporting acts include local reggae and dub bands Taos and Soulsystem, and DJ, Aleon.
“This will be a night to remember!” says events organiser Paul Zaanen
A second free gig on the Brighton waterfront will take place throughout the Saturday afternoon. This will feature an eclectic mix including the New Brighton Pirate Ukulele Band, acoustic duo Ryan and Emily, Soul Manor, Medway Roots, One Waka and Merchants of Flow.
“New Brighton will be really buzzing – besides the waterfront gig, the beach front will host sand painting by Peter ‘Sand Man’ Donnelly, there will be a massive display of kites and kite boarding, a basketball challenge for youth will be underway, while in the Mall the community market will be in full swing.” says Zaanen.
2012 is the inaugural year of the Spring River Festival to be held each Labour weekend on the lower Avon corridor, estuary and beaches.
The festival is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to celebrate spring on and along the eastern waterways of Christchurch.
This exciting programme, packed with 40 recreational and community events, is taking place on 20 and 21 October, 2012. With event hubs at New Brighton, Ferrymead, Kerrs Reach, Avondale, Burwood, Travis, Shirley and Avonside, the festival showcases the vitality and potential of the east as “Ōtakaro: place of the game”.
Initiated, coordinated and promoted by Avon-Ōtakaro Network, the festival is supported by CCC, CERA, Sport Canterbury, CanCERN, Healthy Christchurch, and the Volunteer Army Foundation.
Evan Smith, Co-Chair of Avon-Ōtakaro Network, says: “There is something for everyone, whatever their age, ability or interest, with a diverse range of activities embracing sport and recreation, culture and heritage, environment and gardens, and entertainment and community.”
“It will be a very special weekend that recognises the importance of the Avon-Ōtakaro River and estuary to the history, health and wellbeing of Christchurch. Reconnecting people and communities from all parts of the city, this celebration of the human spirit will particularly support and strengthen many of the communities most affected by the quakes.”
“Promoting local businesses and business opportunities along the lower Avon corridor, the festival restores confidence in the recovery of the east. By taking the opportunity to look at what could be, we take brief respite from the challenges of the here and now and imbue our visions for the future with hope and aspiration.” says Smith.
The events are, autonomously run by a diverse range of local organisations, so this is a collaborative effort bringing together a broad combination of interests.
The programme of events is published on-line at www.springriver.org.nz. The site will be updated daily with more events added as they are confirmed.