Big­ger win­ter fes­ti­val event

Hamilton Metro News - - Front Page - Lau­rilee McMichael If you can help spon­sor a light art in­stal­la­tion at the fes­ti­val, con­tact fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ni­cola Carter at ni­cola@taupow­in­ter­fes­ti­val.co.nz. The fes­ti­val pro­gramme will be launched on May 16, with tick­ets on sale on June 1. For more,

It’s back, and it’s bet­ter and big­ger.

The Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing for 2017— with some new shows, some old favourites with a twist and plenty to see and do.

One of the most ob­vi­ous changes at this stage is that the fes­ti­val has changed its name to the Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val in a nod to its new ma­jor spon­sor, lo­cal busi­ness Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances.

The fes­ti­val will run over four days in the mid­dle of the July school hol­i­days and the aim is to pro­vide a fam­ily-friendly event that both caters for the lo­cal com­mu­nity but also brings vis­i­tors to Taupo¯.

The sup­port of Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances means the fes­ti­val has been able to put on more shows that it couldn’t oth­er­wise, says fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ni­cola Carter.

“Hav­ing ama­jor spon­sor means we can pro­vide the sort of pro­gramme that we want to be able to of­fer the wider Taupo com­mu­nity.

“Malcolm’s re­ally com­mu­ni­ty­minded and the fam­ily val­ues of his busi­ness aligned to the fam­ily val­ues of our fes­ti­val,” Ni­cola said.

“How­ever, we do still have a cou­ple of smaller spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able if other busi­nesses are keen to be in­volved,” she said.

All up, there are more than 20 events dur­ing the Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val and that will in­clude five tick­eted shows, one of which will be a fam­ily mat­inée show.

“Some of the feed­back from last year was that families would re­ally love a day­time show, so that’s some­thing new for this year.”

While most of the pro­gramme is un­der wraps un­til its official launch in May, it’s been re­vealed that there will be 11 fam­ily-fun ac­tiv­i­ties at this year’s fes­ti­val, and 2016 favourites the ice slide and the free pan­cake break­fast will be among them.

The Rewind Taupo¯ in Film screen­ings, fea­tur­ing films of old Taupo¯, will re­turn, although this year’s com­pi­la­tion will be dif­fer­ent from last year’s, and there will be an ex­hi­bi­tion of the films en­tered into the Bat­tle of the Moun­tains lo­cal film chal­lenge for young peo­ple.

The light trail will also be mak­ing an ap­pear­ance, but this year’s ver­sion will be com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the Unison Light Trail that has graced the Ton­gariro South Do­main three times al­ready.

This year’s will fea­ture light art in­stal­la­tions from in­ter­na­tional award-winning light artists, and the more spon­sors the fes­ti­val can at­tract, the more light art in­stal­la­tions it will be able to fund.

Malcolm Flow­ers, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances, says dur­ing his 57 years in Taupo¯, the town has been very sup­port­ive of him and his busi­ness, and the spon­sor­ships and char­ity work he does for the town is about show­ing his ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val is pre­sented by the One Taupo¯ Trust, a char­i­ta­ble trust which aims to sup­port lo­cal families with sick chil­dren who have to travel for med­i­cal treat­ment.

PIC­TURE: LAU­RILEE McMICHAEL

FUN COM­ING: Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Malcolm Flow­ers and Ni­cola Carter, di­rec­tor of the Malcolm Flow­ers In­surances Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val, with the com­mu­nity colour­ing-in mu­ral cre­ated for last year’s Taupo¯ Win­ter Fes­ti­val by Donovan Bix­ley.

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