Street performance dazzles

Colombian acrobat Jair Ramirez drew crowds to his performance outside Kai Whakapai on Saturday....
Colombian acrobat Jair Ramirez drew crowds to his performance outside Kai Whakapai on Saturday. PHOTO: SEAN NUGENT
Wanaka or Wellington?

That was the question as the former was dazzled by street entertainers over the weekend.

Acrobats, circus tricks, storytellers, dancers and many more performed on the streets as part of the Festival of Colour's street theatre programme.

On Saturday morning, jaws dropped as Australian circus crew 3 Speed Crunch Box performed some dazzling acrobatics, before Dance Wanaka entertained with a piece celebrating classical and contemporary movement and the flow of water and energy.

Colombian acrobat Jair Ramirez drew dozens of people of all ages to his lunchtime performance on Ardmore St, where he danced, juggled and even taught the crowd a bit of Spanish.

Elsewhere, an audio-walk along the lakefront explored the sights and sounds of the air and atmosphere, while an imaginary chart of the night sky was laid outside the Lake Wanaka Centre, showing a maze of Antipodean constellations.

The festival finishes this morning with a performance from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra .

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