This year's Auckland Arts Festival is gonna be lit—literally, with the Spanish company, Deabru Beltsak taking over the streets with their hypnotising street performance, Les Tambours de Feu | Drums Of Fire. Over four spectacular nights, you can expect to see fire play, staged pyrotechnics, dramatic costumes and special effects.
Deabru Beltsak hail from Basque, where there is a long-held tradition called the "day of the witch," a ritual in which villagers light bonfires in caves to commemorate the martyrdom of the villages witches. Deabru Beltsak has collaborated this tradition from their hometown with the Catalan festival of correfoc—the "fire runs" and for ten years orchestrated the annual cave performance, until it became too big for the crowds, so they decided to take it to the streets of the world.
Auckland Arts Festival director Jonathan Bielski has envisioned that this spectacular free show will the best way to celebrate the tenth year of the Arts Festival.
"The Drums Of Fire has had huge success all over the world with its Catalonian inspired pyrotechnic procession," he says. "We wanted to gift Auckland with an occasion that would bring the city alive, energise the streets and ignite a celebratory feeling—everything a festival is about.
You can find Drums Of Fire across four locations— Aotea Square, Takapuna Beach Reserve, Freyberg Place and Te Wero Island, showcasing heart racing drum-rhythms and pyrotechnics. The festival will start at eight pm each night and run for 60 minutes, with guests advised to wear walking shoes as they'll need to follow on foot to watch the magic unravel as the performance moves through the streets.
This is a free event and suitable for all ages, so round up the fam and make a night of it. With more than 1.7 million people from around the world already attended this event, this spectacle is one not to be missed.
What: Drums Of Fire
Where: Multiple Locations
When: 21st - 25th March
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