That’s a lot happening at the Rotorua Civic Centre in July including Rhapsody Rotorua, the annual Schools and Youth festival from Tuesday July 1 to Sunday July 6.
The festival was established in 2001 to cater for overseas schools wanting a tour experience and to enjoy lifestyles and indigenous culture while learning and having fun together. It usually involves 400/600 overseas students and 20 plus local Rotorua and district schools.
There will be an explosion of youths in uniform because that’s the dress rule for students who compete – outside performance time they can just wear ‘normal’ clothes and enjoy all the activities Rotorua has to offer.
There is a matinee concert on Wednesday, July 2 at 1:00pm, on Thursday at 7:00pm individual groups perform and on Friday, July 4 there are Gala Performances from Honours, Festival Bands, Orchestras & Choirs plus Roger Fox Quartet with jazz singer, Erna Ferry.
The Festival features all genres of music and includes Concert Bands, Orchestras, Big Bands, Choirs, Strings, Percussion Groups, Barber Shoppers, Jazz Singers, Show Choirs, Bell Ringers, Tin Whistlers and various ensembles.
Admission is free but tickets are required and they are available from the Rotorua Convention Centre from Monday June 23.
If you are coming from out of town to enjoy Rhapsody Rotorua, Rydges Rotorua can look after all your accommodation needs.