The ISPS Handa New Zealand Open Arrowtown Welcome Party hosted by the New Orleans Hotel on Thursday 9th March is the official opening event of this international golfing event. Arrowtown opens its street to welcome golfers, golf fans, volunteers, visitors and locals to enjoy an evening of live entertainment where celebrities mix and mingle with the crowd in a friendly, relaxed environment.
A free street party from 5.30pm to 9pm sees hundreds pack into historic Buckingham Street to enjoy great entertainment, fantastic food and drink stalls, and face painting, games and more in a kids' entertainment area. New this year is a celebrity signing area featuring superstars of sport and entertainment, and music from Celtic Sounds – an amazing 12-piece band comprising pipers, drummers, singers, keyboard and a drum kit.
Their brand of Celtic Rock belts out a wide variety of music ranging from rock to folk, contemporary and traditional Scottish music.
Organiser Sue Patterson says this year's Scottish theme relates to Scotland being the home of golf. "It also gave us an opportunity to provide really great family entertainment to suit all ages but with a contemporary edge," she says.