2015 Arts in the Park

2015 Arts in the Park

Monday, November 16, 2015

On Saturday 5 December, Hawera’s picturesque King Edward Park will come alive with the popular Arts in the Park.The day is filled with arts and crafts as people come from far and wide to display and sell their work.

“Arts in the Park is a great event for the community to celebrate and enjoy performing and visual arts together in a lush park setting. The informal nature of the event creates a relaxed, festival atmosphere and kick-starts the beginning of our Council events summer season,” says South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman.

The Rainbow Folk will be a highlight at Arts in the Park this year, entertaining and amusing visitors of all ages with their high-rise, bubble-blowing antics.

Kids are welcome to join the creative crew in the Yellow Art Tent near the playground to experience a metamorphosis. All materials and inspiration are supplied to transform them into winged creatures.

There will also be face painting, pony rides, a mini ferris wheel and a bouncy castle and you will find a variety of culinary treats (gelato, nachos, mini donuts, candy floss, spin spuds, tacos and more) scattered amongst the park.

The event will be held on Saturday 5 December with Sunday put aside for a ‘rain day’. However, if the weather is still bad on Sunday 6 December, Arts in the Park will be held inside TSB Hub.

“It’s great to know that we have a Plan B if the weather doesn’t behave because we know how much work these arts and crafts people put into their products to sell, and how much the public look forward to this event. I’ll definitely order some sun though,” says South Taranaki District Council Events Co-ordinator Jody Bloor.

If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift that is just a bit different or a new piece of art to hang on your wall then this is just the day for you. With everything from handmade jewellery to garden art, woodturning to knitting, there is sure to be something for everyone.

“This is always such a well-supported event, the public love seeing what is on display each year. It’s great to be able to see the artworks being created as well as linger with those pieces on display,” says Jody.

On the entertainment stage you will find a mixture of tunes from celtic to blues by band ‘Strings Attached’ as well as a number of other special performances throughout the day.

The day runs from 10am - 3pm at King Edward Park Hawera. Entry is free.