On the floor: Orientate yourself for Valentine's Day

Music is a big part of Orientation Week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Music is a big part of Orientation Week. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Apart from Valentine's Day on Monday, it's looking like a quiet week on Dunedin's entertainment calendar - a period of calm before the storm of Orientation 2011.

And what better Valentine's Day gift than a ticket to Orientation? O'11 tickets go on sale on Monday.

The OUSA events team has again been hard at work mixing up a collection of musical, comedic and other talent from our fine land and elsewhere.

This year they're promoting "a scoop of fun for all with everything from hypnosis to Bollywood-infused hip-hop, d-low rockers to electro-pop shockers, Australians, Kiwis and even an American making their presence known to show you what Otago life has to offer".

The shows open with the traditional comedy night on Monday February 21, which features Steve Wrigley, Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith at the college of education auditorium.

The Toga Party, featuring future DJ competition winner DJ Dhalsim and 50 Cal, begins at 8pm in the Union Hall, and isn't open to the public.

Swaren "DJ Dhalsim" Veygal is a classically trained pianist, double bassist and ethnopercussionist, qualified audio engineer and producer, according to his website. He creates a big-room blend of high energy electro house etc etc, or so he says.

Wednesday February 23 sees the Converse Indie Party with Aucklanders Kids Of 88, Zowie, Computers Want Me Dead, and local support from Mr Biscuits, at the Union Hall from 9pm. This one is open to the public.

On Thursday February 24 stage hypnotist Guy Carter returns to help willing participants make complete fools of themselves in front of a live audience. That's at the college of education auditorium.

Orientation takes on a sporting bent on the Friday with the Highlanders taking on the Waikato Chiefs at Carisbrook. Then back at the Union Hall at 9pm, New Zealand reggae exponents Kora play with support from Koile and Left or Right.

Orientation 2011 wraps up on Saturday February 26 with a night full of entertainment. Minuit, Ladi6, DJ Rekha from the US, and Australian acts Metals, Kween G, and Bad Ezzy at the Dunedin Town Hall from 9pm.

Be there
A full rundown of Orientation 2011 is on the web at: ousa.org.nz/events-and-recreation/orientation/line-up-2011/

 

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