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Festival co-ordinator Carole Watts was excited to see what the new events would add to the line-up. Crews spent yesterday packing equipment into Arrowtown for today’s opening.
New events include an outdoor movie showing, La Nuit D’extraordinaire — a variety show which would replace the aged festival ball, and the New Zealand Youth Choir concert.
Mrs Watts said it would be ‘‘awesome".
As part of the peculiar variety show, five men will take the stage to show off their newly learned belly dancing skills.
The festival will also include a scarecrow competition, parade, Pie, Pint and Pinot event, gold panning championships, dog show, duck race, historic tree walk and an arts and crafts market, among other things.
During the festival a ceremony will be held to celebrate Arrowtown’s new Landmark Whenua Tohunga status which recognises the town’s cultural significance.
The festival runs until April 25.
- Mandy Cooper
5pm: Official opening, Buckingham Green
7.30pm: Quiz night, Athenaeum Hall
1.30pm: Kids’ scarecrow competition, Buckingham Green
2pm: Historic tree walk, Lakes District Museum
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
2pm: Festival parade, Buckingham St
7.30pm: La Nuit D’Extraordinaire, Athenaeum Hall
SUNDAY APRIL 22
9am: NZ Gold Panning Championships, Butlers Green
1.30pm: Fun Dog Show, Butlers Green
MONDAY, APRIL 23
10am: Arrow Ambles, Lakes District Museum
11am: Gold Mining Walk: Lakes District Museum
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
10.30am: Landmark Whenua Tohunga Celebration, Chinese village
6.30pm: New Zealand Youth Choir Concert, Athenaeum Hall
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
10.30am: Arrowtown RSA Anzac service, Athenaeum Hall