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Ardijah To Wow Crowds At New Botany Town Centre

Top band Ardijah to wow crowds at the new Botany Town Centre

Top New Zealand band Ardijah will take to the stage for a free public concert in the Town Square of East Auckland’s new $180 million Botany Town Centre on Thursday night (May 3).

Botany Town Centre manager, Gale Wieland, said securing Ardijah’s appearance for the free concert -– to celebrate the official hand-over of the centre to AMP Henderson Global Investors Ltd -– was a real coup, after bands Betchdupa and Tadpole had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances.

“Ardijah will thrill crowds from 7 until 9pm on May 3. It’s an exciting event because Ardijah are best known for their dynamic stage performances, in addition to supporting international acts like Bobby Brown and Quincy Jones.

“This big selling band has a sound that will appeal to a wide range of music lovers, and they have a reputation for attracting big crowds – they have also achieved platinum album status in the past.”

Ardijah describe their music as ‘sweet melodies and dance grooves’- - a ‘Poly-Fonk’ sound which is popular with people from all walks of life and all ages. The band is popular in Australia and will shortly be touring South Africa after going to number one on the charts there.

The curtain raiser will be performed by the Carter-Chan Dance Company in the Town Square between 6 and 7pm.

“Those with a more traditional taste in music can catch Irish fiddler Marion Burns in the Conservatory, also between 6 and 7pm.”

Meanwhile the official hand-over of the Botany Town Centre by builders Mainzeal New Zealand to developers AMP Henderson Global Investors will take place at 9am on Thursday at the entrance to Botany Town Centre Drive.

“The Mt Albert Grammar School Showband kicks-off the eleven day carnival and shopping celebrations with big band music.

And on Friday 4th May – local school children will create a giant Titoki leaf – the symbol of Botany Town Centre.

More than 1100 school children from local kindergartens, primary and intermediate schools will crown the occasion with a parade through the Botany Town Centre, culminating in the formation of a giant Titoki leaf.

“The children themselves will be rewarded with a Titoki tree each and then treated to a special performance by the Aunties,” said Wieland.

The carnival celebration promises non-stop entertainment and excitement for the whole family, including the appearance of Lotto man Russell Harrison outside the New Lotto Shop in New World Market Square on Friday at noon.

“Russell Harrison will be distributing lucky ticket give-aways, as well as singing and entertaining for the crowds,” said Wieland.

Celebrants and shoppers visiting the centre from May 3 can look forward to, give-aways and entertainment ranging from a local Petanque group, choirs and community dance groups, the only Cantonese hypnotist in the world and street parades of performers to precinct based entertainment, retailer in-store promotions, children’s rides, face painting, international street theatre, buskers, acrobats, clowns and a host of other activities.

AMP Henderson Global Investors Ltd is the developer of Botany Town Centre.


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