Four-leg stilt walker Rhys Latton practises his spider act
ahead of the Midwinter Carnival this weekend. Photo by Dan
Rhys Latton will have possibly the best view of
proceedings at this weekend's Dunedin Midwinter Carnival - one
of the perks of being a giant spider.
Mr Latton has been stilt walking for more than 15 years and
has performed at the Midwinter Carnival five times.
Performing as a giant four-legged spider was actually easier
than walking on just two stilts, Mr Latton said.
''They really get into it - the crowd - and they are calling
out to you.''
Festival artistic director Juliet Novena Sorrel said children
were often quite surprised and excited when the spider came
The giant carnival has ''A Winter Dreamland'' theme and will
include thousands of performers thanks to all the members of
the public who have made their own lanterns.
A bigger art team this year includes three specialist giant
lantern makers who were using clever electric lighting
techniques to spice up their huge creations this weekend.
The procession will take place on Saturday with a
postponement date of Sunday if the weather is unsuitable.
Music starts at 5.30pm and the procession starts at 6pm in
the Octagon, finishing with a fireworks display.