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Get Creative - Entertainment at Nathan Homestead

Media Release 17 May 2004

Get Creative And Be Entertained At The Nathan Homestead

Manukau residents have the opportunity to explore their creative talents and enjoy a dance extravaganza at upcoming events being run by Manukau City Council's Arts Services at the Manurewa Community Arts Centre (Nathan Homestead).

A workshop of interest to adults with green fingers, is an 'Introduction to the Art of Bonsai', a one day workshop on Saturday 29 May, 10am -1pm. Bonsai is a unique art form, not just gardening, and this a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn from Bob Langholm, a grand master of bonsai.

With over 40 years experience, Mr Langholm was recently honoured by the Japanese Consulate as an expert. He created Bonsaiville, a unique Bonsai garden open to the public year-round in Mt Albert, which has been featured on Maggie's Garden show. Mr Langholm will instruct students on how to shape, prune and care for a bonsai tree, and they will take away a finished article to enjoy after the workshop.

A real treat for lovers of exotic dancing, a Spanish and Latin Dance Fiesta, will take place on Queen's Birthday Week-end, Saturday 5 June with one performance only at 3pm. Jane Luscombe, director, has been running a Spanish dance school in Auckland for over 30 years. The 'Fiesta' concerts provide students with performance opportunities. Ms. Luscombe has organised a fabulous line up of Spanish Flamenco and other lively Latin American dances such as rumbas and pasadobles.

This is a great family outing and an opportunity to broaden your cultural experience. The group performed at Otara Music Arts Centre in March to a great reception. Prices: adults, $10; senior citizens/students, $8; children, $5; and family concessions, $25. A photo of the group is in Arts is in the City, 2004, page 6.

These events are just an example of the feast of cultural experiences the Manurewa Community Arts Centre offers throughout the year. Keep active and interested this winter, discover a new hobby, meet new people and keep the winter blues at bay.

For more information please phone the Manurewa Community Arts Centre on 267 0180. For details of others classes available here and at other venues see the latest Arts in the City brochure from your nearest library, arts centre, or website www.manukau.govt.nz


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