Last week three talented West Melton students participated with pupils from numerous Canterbury schools at the Cultural Festival held at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. The cultural festival is a unique and colourful stage show that celebrates the many vibrant cultures in both schools and Aotearoa.
The three West Melton students all entered into the wearable arts category and spent a great deal of time and care turning their ideas and drawings into an actuality. Alessandra Ward, Bella Groen and Brooke Muirsmeath all used locally inspired themes for their ensembles. Alessandra and Bella chose the ‘Wild and Wacky’ category with their outfit ‘Girls Take on Farming Career’. Brooke chose the ‘Iconic Christchurch’ category and created an artistic representation of the rebuild. After finishing the final tweaks to their outfits, the girls waited patiently backstage on the night of the event to venture into the limelight and share their creative interpretations with an excited audience. This year’s showcase included performances by seventy children’s groups, representing ten nationalities and from all over Canterbury. There were some fantastic outfits and it was interesting to see other competitor’s interpretations of the brief. The West Melton entrants said they found the experience, “surreal”, and would, “highly recommend entering the competition; it was a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work”.