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Waipa Networks up festival support

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier

Waipa Networks has increased its support of the fifth annual Rose and Cultural Festival by sponsoring the Top Pics Competition and the first major art exhibition.

Waipa Networks chief executive officer Ray Milner says the organisation is proud to be the major sponsor of the festival since its beginnings in 2000.

“The event has grown significantly each year and this year’s festival promises to be bigger and brighter than ever,” he says.

“Arts and culture are important to us all and enrich our lives every day. The visual arts, music, dance, poetry, theatre, hand crafts and Maori culture have featured prominently in past festivals. This event is a great way to help put Te Awamutu on the map, encourage people to visit and help fill our theatres and galleries.”

‘A View of Contemporary New Zealand Art’ promises to be an exhibition that will challenge art lovers.

Waipa Networks and Waipa District Council have made it possible to exhibit works from the private collection of Garth and Trish O’Brien. The event will take place in Council Chambers and will be open to the public from Monday, November 8 until Saturday, November 13. Waipa Networks Top Pics organisers are currently mounting this year’s entries in preparation for judging. The awards will be presented on Friday, November 19 and the entries will initially hang in Waipa Networks offices, then later at Te Awamutu Visitor Information Centre.

This year’s festival dates have been altered slightly from usual to hopefully provide a better event. The festival officially opens on Wednesday, November 3 and concludes on Rose Sunday, November 21. The week later dates means there will not be the major clash between Te Awamutu’s Rose Sunday and Cambridge’s Armistice Day events, plus it is hoped the weather will be better for a more spectacular rose display later in the month.

A full programme of festival events will be circulated soon, and it will be published in the Te Awamutu Courier. Residents can also keep up to date with events on the www.teawamutu.co.nz website.

Note: Click here for information about this year's festival.