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Harbour Lights UkefestThe Harbour Light Ukestravaganza

When: Saturday 26 June, opening with strum-along 7pm, movie screens at 7:30pm, open mic from 9pm

Where: The Harbour Light, London Street

How much: $5

Bookings: table/ticket reservation www.harbourlight.co.nz ‘Whats On’ and door sales

Featuring a huge collective strum-along (BYO ukulele).
A re-screening of Mighty Uke; a documentary about the global ukulele revival in response to popular demand. Performances by the Broken Bear Club and other Christchurch ukulele groups, and an open mic.

More about the Mighty Uke documentary: http://www.mightyukemovie.com

The Amazing Comeback Of a Musical Underdog

Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics, but far from being just a novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world.

Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals. Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars.

The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity. Until now.

In the internet age, the ukulele is making a comeback. Ukes top the charts in Japan, Swedish punks thrash uke angst, California popsters serve it to ya ukulele style, and all of them meet together at the myriad ukulele festivals from New York to London and Tokyo.

MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of Paris, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke.

“This film is a must see for pretty much every kind of audience. It is entertaining, educational, touching and I promise it will leave you with a burning desire to get your  own ukulele when you leave the theatre.” PDX  Pipeline

"Mighty Uke" is always charming, and offers key musical discoveries every three minutes." Chronogram Magazine

 

 

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