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Salisbury International Arts Festival promises a taste of New Zealand

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The organisers of the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival are hoping to bring a bit of New Zealand to Wiltshire in a celebration of the sights, sounds and emotions of the far-off Pacific island.

The event will last a fortnight from 27 May to 11 June. Kicking off the late May bank holiday weekend, the festival promises to offer some of the best music, visual arts and literature. There are a number of events in the programme specifically dedicated to New Zealand’s mixture of island and Western cultures.

The salute to Kiwis will be paired with a number of internationally-known performers and artists, including contemporary dancers, Maori singers, film-makers and story-tellers. A number of local stars will be mixed in as well. Now well-established after its beginnings in 1973, the Arts Festival is just one of the many reasons why families and couples enjoy spending time on a cottage holiday in Wiltshire.

The opening act for the festival will take place in Salisbury Cathedral as the Early Opera Company – under the direction of conductor Christian Curnyn – performs Handel’s Acis and Galatea. There will also be a performance of New Zealand’s folk story Kapa Haka Tale at Salisbury Playhouse. The performance will include dance, drama, and music based on the Maori legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

Other acts scheduled to appear at the Arts Festival include:

• Comedian Romesh Ranganathan
• Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will again take up residence in Old Wardour Castle and present a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
• Aerial circus company Ockham’s Razor will present its new show where performers use five-metre metal poles to create an amazing visual feast
• OperaUpClose returns with a compelling new adaptation of Carmen set in South America
• American singer/songwriter John Grant will perform at Salisbury City Hall
• New Zealand circus artist Thom Monckton – joined by Finnish performers Circo Aereo – will present The Pianist, a contemporary circus performance

For the complete festival programme, please visit their website for more information.

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