Fairy Clare to perform at Parnell Festival of Roses

Last Updated : 10 Nov 2020
Fairy Clare to perform at Parnell Festival of Roses

For the 26th year in a row, one of Auckland’s most beloved child-dance educators will perform at Waitematā Local Board’s Parnell Festival of Roses happening this weekend.

Waitematā Local Board chair Richard Northey says the board is delighted to welcome back Fairy Clare to once again join the much-loved festival.

“Fairy Clare has been with the festival since the beginning. Her performances are enjoyed by children and adults alike.”

The child-dance educator choreographs and produces outdoor shows based on contemporary dance with themes of nature and environmental protection.

“I’m passionate about connecting children to dance, play and the environment,” she says.

Clare Battersby developed her Fairy Clare alter ego during the mid-90s when she was teaching at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

She went on to develop shows performed in botanic gardens around the world including in Auckland. Called The Fairy Trails, the shows ran over school holidays and were attended by thousands.

The Fairy Trails led to Ms Battersby’s involvement in Parnell Festival of Roses, where she performs interactive dance to protect the rose gardens, inviting participation from children and people of all ages.

Bring the family along to Parnell Festival of Roses, this Sunday 15 November, 11.30am-4pm at Dove Myer Robinson Park.

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