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Outstanding Performances at FLAVA 2016

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There were some "outstanding" performances at the 10th Flava Festival at the Theatre Royal  a judge says.

Schools from the Mid-South Canterbury region competed in junior and senior sections in kapahaka (traditional dance and waiata), performing arts (waiata, whaikorero, short stage drama, music, and dance) and the visual arts.

Each of the judges assessed the performances with reference to different characteristics, to give a combined score.

"Some had sharp in-sync choreography, it was consistent throughout their bracket, some were producing amazing harmonies.

"Each group had their strengths."

Weepu was also impressed with the size of the some of the groups, noting one had more than 50 performers.

"That's a lot."

Flava project manager Felicity McMillan said the calibre of the performances had improved over the past decade.

"They're stepping it up, every year there seems to be more whanau getting behind the schools as tutors."

This year Te Rito, a group of community organisations driven to change family violence statistics for the better, sponsored a $500 prize for the winning school and a $300 prize for the runners up in both senior and junior school for the visual arts categories.

Ashburton Borough School won the junior kapahaka section, Grantlea Downs School won the junior visual arts award and Bluestone School won the performing arts award.