Rugby fans to tackle a world dancing record

Lewis Whaitiri of Corey Baker Dance and participants in the recent haka training at the centre:mk. Picture by Tom Blackman

Lewis Whaitiri of Corey Baker Dance and participants in the recent haka training at the centre:mk. Picture by Tom Blackman

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A TRY-umphant attempt to break a world record will see up to 5,000 people perform a ceremonial war dance in Campbell Park.

As it stands the largest ‘Haka’ was achieved by 4,028 participants at an event in France on September 27 last year.

But with three Rugby World Cup matches being played in stadium:mk during October, thousands of fans plan to tackle the record challenge head on.

Corey Baker, Artistic Director said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to share and celebrate the culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

“Learning the Haka is a fun, engaging and exciting way to learn about the New Zealand culture, and something that anyone can take part in.”

The Parks Trust staff and volunteer Community Dance Leaders have been teaching the Haka at various sessions in the run-up to the big day on October 10.

More than 10,000 people are expected to visit Campbell Park’s fanzone, which aims to entertain fans who haven’t got tickets to the Rugby World Cup.

Briony Fox, head of community engagement at The Parks Trust, said: “We’re planning to put on a brilliant show for Rugby fans and theirfamilies.

“In the Fanzone you can watch a match in the under cover Marquee Arena, try out the Rugby bungee, get a bite to eat, join in the celebrations or cheer on your favourite team.”

> To learn the Haka call 01908 596595 or email contact@eventsmanaged.co.uk

> Official Rugby World Cup Fanzone opening times: Thursday, October 1, 12-10.30pm to watch Wales v Fiji and France v Canada

Friday October 3.30pm New Zealand v Georgia and from 8pm clash of drums / danbor talka

Saturday, October 3: 12-10.30pm MK Rocks, Samoa v Japan, South Africa v Scotland, England v Australia, Clash of Drums / Danbor Talka

See the full schedule at www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on