Freedom2Fly FEST 2023
Get ready to experience a captivating fusion of artistry and movement at the inaugural FREEDOM2FLY FEST, the first-ever Circus & Dance Festival in the heart of Raglan!
From November 3rd to November 5th, 2023, Raglan will transform into a mesmerising playground where the extraordinary meets the rhythmic.
Join us for three days of unparalleled excitement as we celebrate the grace and power of human expression through the unique blend of circus and dance. From acrobatics to contemporary dance, aerial silk performances to mind-bending contortion, Freedom2Fly Fest will bring together world-class performers, talented instructors, and passionate enthusiasts in an unforgettable showcase of talent, creativity, and freedom.
Whether you’re a seasoned performer, an aspiring artist, or just someone looking to be amazed, this festival has something for everyone. Engage in thrilling workshops, witness breathtaking live performances, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Raglan, a town known for its artistic spirit and natural beauty.
Freedom2Fly Fest promises to be a weekend filled with wonder and inspiration. Whether you’re soaring through the air or swaying to the rhythm, this festival invites you to unleash your inner artist and celebrate the freedom to express yourself.
Don’t miss out – get your tickets now and be part of history in beautiful Raglan!
ITI KAHURAKI (Kāi Tahu)
Fri 3rd November, 3:30pm – Freedom2Fly
“Whāia te iti kahuraki, ki te tuohu koe, me he mauka teitei.”
“Seek the treasure you value most dearly, and if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.”
This whakataukī is about perseverance and endurance, and is a central theme for Ōtautahi-born Kahuraki Bronsson-George’s show.
Kahuraki created this show in his third year of the Circus course at Whitireia, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, as a way of exploring his whakapapa and Māoritaka, combining Māori theatre with Circus arts. His inspiration was the show Māui: One Man Against the Gods, by Taki Rua Theatre Company in 2006.
In a show that makes use of dynamic movement, storytelling, te reo Māori in mita Kāi Tahu and projected imagery, Iti Kahuraki has been described as “visceral, heart-warming and important.”
Fri 3rd November, 7:30pm – Te Uku Hall
$50 Adults Only
A night of spicy burlesque, sexy comedy, and local talent you won’t want to miss!
Join us for a night of entertainment that will leave you breathless.
Featuring some of the best acts in New Zealand, Cabaret Night is a must-see for anyone who loves a good show.
From the sultry curves of the burlesque performers to the sharp wit of the comedians, you’re sure to be entertained.
And with a lineup of local talent that you’ve never seen before, you’re in for a night of surprises.
So come one, come all, and experience Cabaret Night for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
THE FLYING FEMMES
Sat 4th November, 11am & 4pm – Freedom2Fly
This accomplished all-female cast will take the audience on a journey to explore the history and progression of circus as an artform, paying tribute to its roots but offering a modern twist. With a vintage feel and creative use of classical circus props and apparatus, the show celebrates the power of women and explores traditional circus themes and stereotypes within the context of the modern world. Nostalgic scores, acrobatic excellence and daring tricks will leave you gob-smacked as these ladies fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
“Around The World” – F2F Dance Showcase
Sat 4th November, 2pm & 6pm – Te Uku Hall
Pack your passports and get ready to embark on a thrilling dance adventure with Freedom2Fly’s End of Year Student Dance Showcase, “Around the World”! 🌍🎶 Join us as our talented tamariki take the stage to present beautiful ballet, sizzling jazz, and awe-inspiring acro-routines, each inspired by the rich cultures of different countries. This show is sure to entertain, inspire, and excite our performers and audience, so don’t miss the chance to travel the world through the magic of dance!
TAIAHA WORKSHOPS, BY KAHURAKI
Sat 4th November, 12:30pm & 5pm – Freedom2Fly
Join us for an unforgettable journey that bridges the gap between ancient wisdom and modern life. In this wānanga, you’ll delve into the art of the taiaha, learning defensive postures and techniques that have been passed down through generations.
“The Enchanted Earth” – F2F Circus Showcase
Sun 5th November, 1pm – Freedom2Fly
The Enchanted Earth is a circus show that takes you on a journey to a magical place.
In this land, the natural world is alive and well, and the creatures that inhabit it are all working together to protect it.
You’ll meet a cast of characters who are passionate about the environment, and you’ll see them perform amazing feats of acrobatics, juggling, and other circus skills.
The show is full of excitement, adventure, and humor, and it will leave you feeling inspired to protect this planet that we all call home