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Spectacle: Cellist Lara Laverdure and aerial silks artists Amy Phillips, Andra Whipple and Suzanne Green, as Silk & Circus, perform at Hanley's Farm's playground on Tuesday

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A mini music festival’s running throughout the Wakatipu next week to mark Mental Health
Awareness Week.

Creative Queenstown’s presenting nine performances under the banner, ‘Listen Up, Wakatipu!’, featuring the cream of local entertainers.

Starting this coming Monday, the likes of Nigel Hirst and Mark Wilson on sax and keys, soloist/guitarist Tom Maxwell, 12-year-old vocalist Tallulah Penetito, cellist Lara Laverdure and three aerial silks artists and DJ Joe Cowie will perform in locations as diverse as
Hanley’s Farm’s playground, Lake Hayes Estate’s McBride Park, Arrowtown’s Library Green and Pak’nSave over seven days.

‘‘These performers are a wide range of talent,’’ event coordinator Janey Rae.

‘‘They are usually booked out with back-to-back bookings, so to be able to get them to play for our community will be a special treat.

‘‘Variety was the key in this one — we’ve got variety in terms of the performers, the times they’re playing and the locations.’’

Rae says the link with mental health is it’s giving opportunities to performers who’ve been starved of work since Covid-19 struck, and it’s also providing entertainment to the public who’ve also been missing seeing live acts over this period.

‘‘I think it’s going to bring a lot of vibrancy all around.’’

The performers will also be collecting for mental health.

Lining up

●  Monday, Sept 21, 5-6pm, musos Nigel Hirst and Mark Wilson, Queenstown’s Patagonia Corner

●  Tuesday, Sept 22, 5-6pm, cellist Lara Laverdure & aerial silk artists, Hanley’s Farm playground

●  Wednesday, Sept 23, 12-1pm, musos Shay & Pearly, top of The Mall

●  Thursday, Sept 24, 5-6pm, muso Tom Maxwell, Arrowtown’s Library Green

●  Friday, Sept 25, 5-6pm, Latin guitarist Dr Sanchez, Village Green

●  Saturday, Sept 26, 2-3pm, vocalist Tallulah Penetito, McBride Park; 6-7pm, DJ Joe Cowie, Pak’nSave

●  Sunday, Sept 27, 12-1pm, musos Calico, Arrowtown’s Buckingham Green; 2-3pm, muso Milly Bea, Mitre 10 Mega