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Katikati Ukulele Festival 2012

Katikati Ukulele Festival, 2012, April 20, 21 and 22.
Further festival news on
Participation is the theme of our second ukulele festival and there will be plenty of opportunities for visiting ukulele players to branch out and perform, busking in the street, in the open mike session, or at the music jams.

 Also, Lynne Roberts and her local troupe of Turkish Delight dancers, who will be dancing along with ukulele music from around the world by some of our Ukes-A-Plenty members, the Turkish Delights Band
“Strumming off” the festival on Friday night, April 20, the FREE music jam at Katikati RSA will feature the release of a new CD, by Mr Ukulele, Kevin Fogarty. The Ukulele Allstarz Band will join Kevin to perform songs from the CD. All musicians and music lovers welcome.
Meals are available from 5.30 pm. Music starts at 7 pm.
On Saturday afternoon, in Katikati Memorial Hall, 12.30 till 5 pm (with gold coin entry) the Katikati Ukulele festival includes a sing and play along, workshops, open mike session and plenty of ukulele excitement.
The Festival Tea Room will be organised by the volunteers from the historic Athenree Homestead. Funds raised from the sale of their delicious goodies and afternoon teas will go to towards the restoration of Adela’s Kitchen Wing at the Homestead, see
They will also be selling tickets, only $10, to the Sunday morning, musical morning tea and tours of the homestead. Here is your chance to support a worthy local cause and help with the restoration project.
Children will be well catered for at the festival on Saturday, with a local face painter and a move-to-the-beat workshop with Nana Gaye. They will be kept busy, playing and singing along, joining in the workshops, and performing in the open mike session. Hopefully their parents and grandparents will also grab a uke and join them.
The Saturday early evening concert, in the Memorial Hall from 5.30 pm is open to all, tickets at door, adults $5, and features the Tangaroa Trio, Turkish Delight Dancers and Band, and the Ukulele Allstarz band led by Kevin Fogarty.Ukes-A-Plenty will wind up the festival with the musical morning tea at Athenree Homestead at 10 am till 12 on Sunday, April 22.

Tickets available in the tea rooms on Saturday or at the door, $10, with morning tea and homestead tour included. Bring your uke along.

There is plenty of accommodation available in the centre of town, or in the beautiful countryside around Katikati, Athenree or Waihi Beach. Sapphire Springs has cabins, motel units and campsites AND HOT POOLS surrounded by bush. It’s just out of town in Hot Springs Road.

Fundraisng is ongoing: Ukes-A-Plenty appeared at the Tauranga Earth Day at Sulphur Point and at Pahoia School Foodfest on March 31.

The ukulele raffle is underway. Thanks to Waihi Music Oasis for the beautiful red ukulele and electronic tuner. The prize includes a designer uke bag and a book and CD from Kevin Fogarty. All you need to get started.

Please contact Christine Donehue, phone 0274 809 261 or (07) 549 5827 or if you would like to help, or for further information.

Further festival news is available at

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We plan to have a World Music flavour to our festival, i.e. music from cultures other than mainstream North America or England. WOMUS! World of Music Ukulele Style! This is in keeping with our guests, Tangaroa Trio, a Cook Island band, who will be doing a workshop on island strumming on Saturday afternoon and appearing at the early evening concert.

New Zealand Ukulele Festival 2011

The provisional date for the 2011 New Zealand Ukulele Festival is 26 November 2011. It is scheduled to be at the Trust Stadium in Henderson West Auckland again.

If the organisers do as great a job as they have in previous years, it wil again be a great event for families, kids of all ages and especially those school kids who participate in the massed “Kiwileles”

More info will be posted here as it comes to hand.

For info and reviews of the 2010 festival see


Brits at the Beach Tairua

Celebrating everything British 9th October 2010….

Brits will be a family friendly festival, with all the fun of the fair, including Coconut Shys, Sponge Stock, Bell N Hammer, Bran Barrel, Egg N Spoon, Tug O War, just to name a few, plus yummy food, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pud, Mushy Peas, Toad in The Hole, loads of stalls selling cool stuff, including the Best Of British Shop with authentic British goods, plus, hundreds of old and new British motorcars and motorcycles all looking their very best. Music will fill many venues around the town

Loads more info and contact information on the website at