Tuia 250 – Fly My Pretties Free concert

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Tuia 250 – Fly My Pretties Free concert

Mark the date in your calendar and come along to a free concert by iconic New Zealand collaborative group, Fly My Pretties on Saturday 23 November - part of the Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui commemorations.

Fly My Pretties boast a selection of the country’s finest contemporary musicians with the 15-strong lineup including Barnaby Weir, Anna Coddington, A Girl Named Mo, Hollie Smith, Lauren Barus (LA Mitchell), Mel Parsons, Ria Hall, Aaron Stewart, Age Pryor, Iraia Whakamoe, James Coyle, Jarney Murphy, Laughton Kora, Nigel Patterson and Ryan Prebble.

Their repertoire encompasses a diverse range of styles and the theme reflects the state of contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand: A nation isolated in the pacific that is searching for its identity, while remembering where we’ve come from.

If you’re keen to catch a ride to Picton for the concert, Ritchies buses will be departing from the Blenheim Railway Station at 6.00 pm and dropping passengers at the Picton iSite. The return trip will see buses departing from the Picton iSITE at 11.00 pm and dropping passengers back to the Blenheim Railway Station.

Return tickets are available from the Totaranui 250 website

In the lead up to the 8.30 pm concert you’ll be entertained by artists like H4lf Cāst, Rabbit Hōle, Cass & Tee, Midge Mccleary & Wratta Didgeridoo, Blenheim Districts & Highland Pipe Band, MBC Jazz Band and Kapa Haka groups.

The free concert follows a full day of activities, including the opportunity to climb on board the Tuia 250 flotilla vessels and meet the crew. (Please note you will need to be able-bodied to venture onto the tall ships and double hulled waka).

There’s something for the whole family from 10.00 am.

Experience the wonders of the Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow. Young people and their whānau can take part in fun and engaging activities that include an activity book, mobile app-supported activities, and a virtual reality experience. Don’t forget to download Tuia Mātauranga mobile app before you go.

Crews are offering family-friendly opportunities to learn about Pacific, Māori and European sailing and navigation traditions through interactive activities, displays and a star navigation dome.

Taste the best of Marlborough at Kete Kai Street Market from 3.00 pm, featuring traditional Māori ingredients and delicacies from other cultures.

And be mesmerised at 8.00 pm by a 3D light installation thanks to Interislander.