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Festival Revellers From The Sublime To The Silly


Telecom is rustling up all sorts of fun for the Queenstown Winter Festival - from hot jazz to ice-cool suitcase racing.

Telecom Jazz Night stars New Zealand musical luminary Tim Finn, whose 25-year career spans time with Split Enz, Crowded House, the Finn Brothers and as a successful solo artist.

The evening will also feature the Auckland favourites the Blue Bottom Stompers with guest artist Caitlin Smith. The Nairobi Trio are also back by popular demand, and the Hot Club will make their festival debut with a mix of gipsy standards, Latin and classically tempered pieces. The music begins at 8:00pm on Sunday 16 July at the spectacular Skyline venue.

For cool cats of another persuasion - there’s always the chance to pilot the world’s fastest suitcase down the mountainside – in the Telecom Suitcase Race. Each racing crew turns at up at the starting line armed with silly outfits, nerves of steel, and a suitcase.

Their suitcase can be strictly traditional or specially modified with any form of manual propulsion. To the winners go the spoils – and to the losers the spills. Telecom staff will be waiting at the bottom with armloads of telephonic prizes. The suitcase race starts at 11:00 am on Thursday 20 July on Coronet Peak.

Telecom Day on Sunday 16 July is a family day offering everything from treasure hunts and tube racing to a celebrity snow carving event. There’ ll be a mountainside church service, followed by a crazy obstacle race from the top of Coronet Peak to the centre of town – hotly contested by teams of local hospitality staff, jet boaters, farmers and the like.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful southern event,” says Telecom’s District Sales Manager for Otago and Southland, Jane Clarkson.

“It’s a great showcase for our region and a wonderful way to entertain our visitors.”

Giant walking cell phones and YABBA cards will also be representing Telecom and entertaining visitors to the Queenstown Winter Festival.

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