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Harem at the Harbour Light party, presented by the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association

When: Friday 18 June, 7.30pm

Where: The Harbour Light

How much: $25. Bookings essential.

Bookings: Lyttelton Information Centre or London Street Dairy.

Information: Breeze (LHBA) 328 7338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

bellydance_lyttelton_festival_of_lights4The Harbourlight takes a magic carpet ride veering toward the Middle East for this glamorous and exotic party to open the Festival of Lights. With entertainment by Abbraccia Belly Dance and live music from The Eastern, exotic platters of nibbles and fabulous prizes to be won, Harem at the Harbourlight is guaranteed to bring a sparkle to winter.

The Harem is a chance to dress up, but without too much hassle. Ladies, a touch of glamour is all you need! Think sparkles to brighten up winter. Then add a veil or a coin belt as you wish.

Think maharajas palace, inside the inner sanctum, swathed in veils and mystique, with the heady aroma of incense. Now, place yourself in the centre of that scene. Filmy veils, sparkles, jewels, coins and bold exotic eyes for women. Then picture her swarthy counterpart – a dark-haired, turbaned Middle Eastern god in galibea and gold, with waistcoat and sandals. So turn on your sparkle radar, start channelling Arabian Nights, and get yourself to the Harbourlight in Lyttelton.

The Elektra Dancers, of Abbraccia Bellydance, will be on hand to entertain, and offer some instruction. Egytptian Bellydance is glittering, glamourous, sensuous, and exciting. Paige Adamson has been dancing, performing and teaching for 13 years, and operates Abbraccia Bellydance from the Lyttelton Club in Christchurch, a branch of the Auckland school of the same name, established in the 1970s by Monique Feron who introduced the ancient and exotic art to New Zealand.

Abbraccia, meaning Embrace, celebrates the diversity and gorgeousness of women. And is an opportunity for women to immerse themselves in their femininity in a powerful and enjoyable way.

For more information about Abbraccia Belly Dance please call Paige Adamson on 021 999 848.

Harem at the Harbourlight is proudly sponsored by Decorum, Himalaya, Four Square Lyttelton, London Street Dairy and the Harbour Light.




Matariki Celebrations

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in the New Zealand night sky at a specific time of the year. Matariki re-appears in the dawn sky mid-winter signalling the start of the Māori New Year and the date changes each year according to the Māori lunar calendar.

Whakaraupo Carving Centre tutor Caine Tauwhare from local hapu Ngāti Wheke talks about the significance and traditions of Matariki here