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Wairarapa’s premier creativity, arts and cultural festival, Kokomai, returns in October with an exciting line-up.

The 10-day long biennial festival will run from 10-19 October and include events located across the Wairarapa, from rural halls, churches and larger venues such as the Carterton Events Centre.

Since 2013, Kokomai Creative Festival has been bringing world class, inspiring creative arts and entertainment to local communities in the Wairarapa.

The 2019 festival will differ slightly from previous years with fewer events but still maintain an impressively diverse programme, says Jo Beetham, Wairarapa Arts Festival Trust chair.

“This year’s festival is more user-friendly for festival goers. We’ve taken on board feedback from previous years about clashing performances on key nights during the festival,” Jo says.

“Kokomai is a bit more boutique this time around, and we are super excited about the line-up which is world-class with international, national and local artists and performers, providing exceptional live experiences.

“You can immerse yourself in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and literature – there is something for everyone.”

The festival would not be possible without generous support from a number of local organisations, Jo says. The Trust House Foundation and Eastern and Central Community Trust have each provided the grants of $30,000.

Headlining the international acts is American blues singer Greg Copeland.

In addition to inspiring and edgy live shows, the festival includes the popular ‘Readers & Writers’ literary Festival and also Schools Festival, bringing magical shows and inspiring workshops to local school pupils and teachers.

The full line-up for the Kokomai Creative Festival 2019 will be announced at the programme launch on Friday 30th August. Tickets will go on sale a week after the launch.

For more details www.kokomai.co.nz Contact: Jo Beetham 027 451 8765

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