Tuesday, 18 December 2003

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Competition prompts postponement of festival show

The International Arts Festival in Wellington has postponed one of its biggest shows because of competition from other events.

The Blue Planet Live! was to have been performed on March 5 and 6 at Westpac Stadium.

It will now be staged in 2005 the first time the festival has presented a show outside its biannual schedule.

Tickets for the March show, which combines film footage from the award-winning BBC television series Blue Planet with music by NGC Wellington Sinfonia, choirs and singers, cost up to $67 for adults.

New Zealand International Arts Festival chairwoman Fran Wilde said that since it announced The Blue Planet Live! in October, more than 20 non-festival shows had been announced for Wellington that were vying for the same audience.

Events in February included circus act Cirque Dreams, singers Bryn Terfel and Hayley Westenra, rock acts David Bowie, The Pretenders and A Perfect Circle and comedian Billy Connolly.

Westpac Stadium Trust and Wellington City Council had agreed to delay the show till "a time when the Wellington calendar is not quite so full", Ms Wilde said.

Refunds for the March shows are available from agency Ticketek.

Link thanks to Steve MacDonald



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