Travel Theme: Entertainment

 

Boy filming speedway on tablet, Western Springs Park, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Boy watching speedway, Western Springs Park, Auckland, NZ. Image, Su Leslie 2015

Summer and outdoor entertainment go hand in hand. Open air cinema, concerts, festivals and sports events all vie for our time and dollars.

Midget cars taking bend at Western Springs Park speedway, Jan 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Midget cars racing, Western Springs, Auckland, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Unlike a lot of events that have started in recent years, Speedway at Westerns Springs has a long history — beginning in 1935.

Sitting on the hard concrete terraces watching cars race round a dirt track (while eating a carton of hot chips) may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it was part of both mine and the Big T’s youth, so we try to go each season — for old time’s sake.

Back then, before digital photography and cameras on every phone, live entertainment was truly live. These days, like the boy above and many other people, I’m guilty of experiencing quite a lot of life through my camera’s lens; a point made much more eloquently in Otto von Münchow‘s blog post To Live or to Photograph

Eddy Eighty, street performer fire-juggling, Auckland, January 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty, street performer, at Auckland Anniversary Day festivities, 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

At last year’s Auckland Anniversary Day celebrations I watched Spanish street theatre artist Eddy Eighty perform — largely through the lens of my camera. While I’m happy with the shots I took, I have no real sense of his performance (which attracted a huge, appreciative crowd).

Eddy Eighty and friends. Street theatre at Auckland Anniversary Day festivities, 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty and friends. Street theatre at Auckland Anniversary Day festivities, 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty and friends, steet performance at Auckland Anniversary Day festivities, 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Eddy Eighty and friends, steet performance at Auckland Anniversary Day festivities, 2015. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

How did he persuade these Auckland men to join him in his high-energy, crazy routine?

This post was written for the Weekly Travel Theme hosted by Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack.

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