Locals and visitors to the region will be treated to free workshops at various community hubs throughout the Hutt Valley in July and August - including lantern and mask making, a community labyrinth and opportunities to light up your wheels for a fantastic parade at the final festival party on Saturday 18 August.
Highlights of the festival include a Talent Quest in association with GoodTime Music Academy and a Pimp My Jacket fashion competition, workshops and a night-time illuminated bicycle parade with Lucid DreamBike, all culminating in a Hutt Winter Festival Party at the Dowse square on 18 August -full of live music, a magical multi-media performance led by Lucid DreamBike, an interactive labyrinth led by local public artists Tape Art, a Wild Arrivals puppet parade, street theatre, a classic photo booth, and delicious food.
“Last year’s inaugural festival was such a success in terms of community participation, and opportunities for our local arts practitioners and art groups, it wasn’t a hard decision to bring it to the Hutt Valley once again,” says Pippa Sanderson, Community Arts and Culture Advisor for Hutt City Council.
“Ultimately we are about connecting people through arts and culture and giving locals an opportunity to experience creative performances in a free or low cost, accessible and family-orientated way,” says Pippa.
“The programme line-up is really impressive, we have 17 give it a go workshops, a talent quest, a wearable arts show, outdoor installations and parades - there really is something for everyone.” says Sanderson.
Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace says he is pleased to see the fixture return. “The Hutt Winter Festival is a great celebration of our local arts scene – something we are proud of for bringing the community together, showing what the Hutt can do, and encouraging visitors from the wider Wellington region,” says Mayor Wallace.
“We are looking forward to providing an opportunity for people to get out of the house, wrap up warm and let the colourful activities brighten up the winter months.”
Full details on the Hutt Winter Festival programme are available now on the website: huttwinterfestival.co.nz or Facebook.