Circool Circus to launch the 2009 Winter@waipu Festival

For the fifth year, the June Long weekend will see the start of Winter@Waipu celebrations – with circus, markets and a Matariki celebration at the Waipu Cemetery

Bream Bay has its own Circus – and on the afternoon of Sat 30 May they will be celebrating their second birthday – you are invited to come and join in on workshops – juggling, acrobatics, tightrope and more and enjoy performances by Circus Kumarani from Dargaville, from the Whangarei Community Circus and from Circool itself. It will be held in Waipu’s Coronation Hall from 1-5pm.

Fraser Sim, Piper

Fraser Sim, Piper

The call of a piper and a karanga will call people onto the Waipu Cemetery 3pm Sunday 31 May a in a short ceremony to remember the people who are buried there – both those who have died recently and the early nova scotian settlers.

On 27th of June Tartan Week begins with exhibitions, Pipers and Highland Dancing. Wear tartan to town and you might get some free shortbread. July 1 is the date that the ban on the wearing of tartan came off in the 1782, and is celebrated around the world Рand especially in the very scottish settlement of Waipu. That day Classic Hits will be broadcasting their breakfast show live from Café 45. Tartan week celebrations culminate in the Clachan A Choin Ball on the 4 July organised by the Waipu Museum.

For the creative among us Winter@waipu offers a poetry and photography competition, a photography workshop and the Mid Winter Festival of Flowers at Ruakaka on 5 & 6 June.

Other features of the Winter@waipu Programme include:

  • A new Waipu Sunday market will begin on Sunday 14 June with a focus on artisan produce and crafts, a family atmosphere and Jane’s Caf√©.
  • A ladies night is planned at Artform with a wonderfully hilarious and informative exploration of women’s health on 20 June.
  • Indian Cooking Workshops with Sumitra
  • Ruakaka Winter Races
  • Bogwood Productions One Act Plays and Dinner at Artform.

Full calendar HERE