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Massive week for Motueka primary school cluster

September 17th, 2017

It's been a massive week for the 12 primary school in and around Motueka, presenting Motueka's special character and assets through a variety of visual and performing arts.

The highlight to most was the MASSIVE concert series at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, at which groups from all schools performed their contributions telling us what Motueka means to them.

The three shows were sold out, with 500 people at each. This was a huge technical challenge to Mark Wentworth and his highly skilled young team.

"Getting 500 adults seated for each performance, and 700 kids on the stage over the two-hour show, was a huge logistical challenge in itself," Mark says.

MASSIVE stands for Motueka Arts Show from Schools Incorporating a Variety of Entertainment. This biannual event was normally held at the High School, but its growth meant a move to the Memorial Hall.

Another highly visible expression of the festival was the student art work on display in many of the High Street retail shops, depicting expressions of the natural wonders of Motueka and surrounding areas.

The photo below is part of the display in Whitwells' menswear window, with this group contributed by Brooklyn School pupils, and titled "Our Place".

Schools contributing to MASSIVE were Brooklyn, Dovedale, Lower Moutere, Mahana, Mapua, Motueka South, Parklands, Riwaka, St Peter Chanel, Tasman and Upper Moutere.

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