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Extraordinary Things to take the stage

6 November 2019

Past and present scholars from the University of Waikato will take the stage next week to celebrate the Centenary year of Sir Edmund Hillary. Featuring scholars in dance, music, theatre, Māori performing arts, screen and media, and sports scholars, the event will highlight just what can happen with a bit of ‘Sir Ed style’ grit and determination. The performances channel Sir Ed’s determination and spirit through a variety of new creative items, classical and popular items.

Open to the public, the event will provide the wider community with a glimpse into the hard work that Hillary Scholars at the University of Waikato put into their artistic and sporting pursuits, alongside their academic study programmes.

Dr Karen Barbour, Hillary Programme Arts Adviser for Dance, comments that she is inspired by the diversity of acts students are sharing in the event.

“Each scholar brings to the stage their contribution to this celebration, demonstrating creative flair, technical prowess and sharing personal stories through multimedia and live performance. I am impressed at how our scholars have interpreted the brief to share their extraordinary things.”

Marking the centenary year of Sir Edmund Hillary’s birthday, all proceeds from the evening go to the Himalayan Trust. Founded by Sir Ed, the Himalayan Trust continues Sir Ed’s legacy in the Everest region by continuing his important work by supporting health, wellbeing and education initiatives. Donations may be made directly to the Himalayan Trust.

The University of Waikato’s Hillary Programme is a scholarship which Sir Ed himself played a role in developing at the university. The programme inspires excellence, all-round development and leadership and supports students to follow their passions in sports, creative or performing arts while studying.


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