Have a go mate

Give it a go slogan“Have a go” is such a Kiwi expression. It speaks of generosity – offering to share an opportunity, confidence that any person has the right to try and enjoy a pursuit. It harks back to more equitable times when people had more freedom to have a go – access to beaches, rivers and the countryside was not so bounded by ownership and rules and people shared their knowledge of different skills.

During the week of 28 September to 6 October in Lyttelton there will be a generous sharing of skills and knowledge and a cheerful invitation to “Have a go” at the Lyttelton Harbour kura – festival of learning programme. On Saturday 28 there will be a drumathon, flax weaving, organic vege garden advice, tap dancing, blues dancing, Maori performing arts, drawing and much more.

Making sand saucersSunday seems to have a strong foodie theme – more garden advice, butchery, bread and tortilla making and sausage making. As well there is stilt walking and mandala creating. Monday has felted brooch making, more foodie stuff for kids and adults and so it goes on through the week. Ukelele jams, ecology field trips, becoming a self-sufficent library user, improvisation, reclaiming broken jewellery into new wearable pieces, superhero singing – phew.

The weekend of the 5 and 6 October rounds off with more workshops, a book fair, body percussion, cheesemaking, foraging and upcycling frocks. Some events are free and some have fees to cover ingredients and materials.

Just so many fun things to have a go at.