Oscar LaDell (left, 15), of Purakaunui, and Ruari Warren
(15), of Whare Flat, play with devil sticks in the drizzle,
on the opening day of the Whare Flat Folk Festival
yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A spot of rain was not going to dampen the enthusiasm of
happy campers at the opening of the Whare Flat Folk Festival
Hundreds of music-lovers are expected to descend on the
Waiora Scout Camp for the 39th annual festival this week,
come rain, hail or shine.
''We're hoping to get a good crowd out here over the week,''
festival director Bernadette Berry said as the first wave of
A focus of the four-day festival was on learning and
collaborating, Ms Berry said, with a string of music and
dance events, a songwriting showcase and costume and
instrument-making workshops, as well as a children's
programme, which includes circus toy and kite-making
workshops and story-telling sessions.
''It's a very varied programme. There are always lots of
different things on,'' Ms Berry said.
''And the weather's always good out here,'' she added, with a
The festival of concerts, workshops and performances has been
run at the scout camp by the New Edinburgh Folk Club since
1975, and draws international and national artists and
The New Zealand line-up this year includes the Remarkables,
of Auckland, Into the East, of Invercargill, Polytropos, of
Wellington, and 14-year-old Oamaru guitarist Joseph Balfe.
International flavours will be served up with African dance,
Scottish fiddler Oscar West, Morris dancer Kirsty Bromley and
Celtic, Gypsy, rockabilly and jazz music.
A highlight of the festival is the children's music concert
at 7.30pm on Thursday, before the festival wraps up on