Whakatane is in for a treat when Kiwi pop artist Theia steps on stage at this Saturday’s first-ever Seafood Festival.
Thousands are expected to flock to the Eastern Bay of Plenty for the inaugural festival on January 19, which is being held at Te Hau Tutua Park at the picturesque Whakatane Heads opposite the iconic Wairaka on the rock statue.
Christchurch born artist Theia is headlining the festival and says she is super excited to be performing for the first time in Whakatane.
“I absolutely adore it (Whakatane), it’s such a cool vibe, I have honestly received so much support just from the locals.
“I was there a couple of weeks back just for a bit of a break and a some interviews and whatnot, and I had shop owners message me on Instagram going, ‘please pop in’.
“I haven’t even performed there yet and I’m getting so many beautiful messages of support and just good vibes.
The singer and songwriter, who was nominated for three awards at the 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, and is one of the country’s most exciting pop acts, will be performing for 45 minutes at the Seafood Festival.
“I have been rehearsing. This week’s being really fun, getting it together with my band and I’m really enjoying it, its very fun.”
Along with playing songs that everyone will know due to them being played on the radio, Theia says she will be debuting her next single at the festival called ‘Not Your Princess’.
“It is a very sassy and empowering song, so it will be really cool to see how everyone vibes to it.
“It will just be fun and it will keep you moving the whole time.”
Other acts set to play at the festival include Tasman Az and local Eastern Bay of Plenty talent Jinan Dodd, Made Alive, Jade Pritchard, Shelley Akuhata and Stix n Stones.
The Whakatane Seafood Festival will feature some of the most popular food vendors and established culinary names in the country, with punters able to choose from a tasty selection of the best seafood New Zealand has to offer, with much of it caught fresh right in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
On the menu will be a delicacies such as paua, kina, crayfish, mussels, oysters, scallops, a variety of fresh fish, as well as non-seafood dishes.
The festival is open to all ages, with a special ‘Kids Zone’ hosting a number of fun and exciting activities, including face painting, a super slide, bouncy castles and mini cars.
There’s also lots of fun for the adults, with competitions for fish filleting, mussel shelling and for those keen on fancy dress, a prize for ‘best dressed’.
For more information about the festival visit: https://whakataneseafoodfestival.nz/