Cambridge Autumn Festival March 2014
A fun–filled festival
Every autumn, as nature turns the Town of Trees into a picturesque palette of colour, Cambridge celebrates with a five–day festival of performing and visual arts.
At this year's festival, you'll find a range of music activities, headlined by a night at the opera, and showings of all types of art.
It's a wonderful chance to appreciate creativity -- while wandering around the town's charming shops or taking time out to relax at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
1. Book your accommodation
If you're visiting the festival from out of town, why not turn it into a min–break?
Our town has eight centrally–located motels and about 75 bed and breakfasts, ensuring you'll get a good night's sleep away from home.
For help with accommodation, contact the Cambridge i–SITE Information Centre.
2. Enjoy the opera
A feature event at the 2014 festival will be a performance by Opera Brava on Thursday March 13.
Join performers Elaine Wogan, Pamela Wallace, Ian Campbell and John Drummond accompanied by Francis Cowan, in an evening of highlights from Operas and Musicals.
The programme will feature works by the world's greatest composers such as Beethoven, Delibes, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, Andrew Lloyd–Webber, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Check the festival's website at www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz for details of venue seating and tickets.
3. Write a short story
Writers can win $1,000 first prize in the Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition. If you've missed the January 31 deadline, watch out for the best entries to appear on the festival website -- and start preparing for the 2015 competition.
4. Become a Friend of the Festival
Individuals or businesses can become Friends of the Festival with benefits such as tickets to the Opening Night Launch event.
5. Visit the Farmers' Market
The Cambridge Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning, from 8am till midday, at Victoria Square in the centre of town. There, you'll find all sorts of produce that's come straight from where it's been grown or made.
6. Appreciate original art
Between 10am and 1pm on the final day of the festival (Sunday March 16), you can visit the festival's art market where stallholders line Victoria St in the centre of town.
Whether you simply want to admire someone's creativity or buy a piece, you'll find glorious examples of art, photography,fashion, jewellery, pottery, sculpture and more. Importantly, all of it is original -- no mass produced items are displayed.
When is it?
The 2014 Cambridge Autumn Festival starts on Wednesday March 12 and concludes on Sunday March 16.
What is it?
Many believe Cambridge is at its most beautiful in autumn.
The Cambridge Autumn Festival Trust was formed in 2007 with the objective of organizing a festival at a time when the town is at its seasonal best.
Although still in an 'evolving' stage, the festival is attracting attention beyond the town and Waipa District and enquiries are being received from performers wishing to be part of it.
Designed principally for the residents of Cambridge, it draws people from around the Waikato and beyond.
The small team of volunteers who put together the five–day festival each year bring together an array of entertaining events including music, theatre, dance, family events and a street carnival.
The common factor in all these events is creating a sense of fun.
More information about the festival can be found at its official website (www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz) or by visiting the festival's Facebook group page (www.facebook.com/cambridgeautumnfestival).
Plan it now
Find out more or to book your visit to Cambridge? The Cambridge i–SITE Information Centre can help you plan or book any of the activities described here. We're on the corner of Queen and Victoria Streets, Cambridge -- next to the Town Hall.
Phone: 07 823 3456
Fax: 07 823 3457