Pop­u­lar Art in the Dark event stalls over fund­ing is­sues

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

Art in the Dark will not go ahead this year due to fund­ing is­sues.

The free event, held an­nu­ally at Pon­sonby’s Western Park, fea­tures art­works and brightly lit in­stal­la­tions com­mis­sioned and cre­ated es­pe­cially for it.

Or­gan­is­ers hope the fes­ti­val can re­turn in 2016 but based on last year’s turnout, it’s now con­sid­ered too big for Western Park.

Pro­ducer Ella Mizrahi says op­tions in­cluded ex­tend­ing the event over a week or mov­ing it to a big­ger lo­ca­tion like Western Springs but more fund­ing was needed ei­ther way.

‘‘Hope­fully by miss­ing a year peo­ple go, ‘that’s an awe­some event, it’s such a shame it’s go­ing’.’’

The fes­ti­val has taken place in Novem­ber for the past five years.

It is op­er­ated by Art in the Dark Char­i­ta­ble Trust and pro­duced by Cel­ery Pro­duc­tions.

Or­gan­is­ers say more than 150,000 visi­tors had at­tended the event over the past five years.

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