Fes­ti­val at­tracts crowd

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A vi­brant cel­e­bra­tion of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and cul­ture is how or­gan­iser Dave Brett de­scribes the sub­urb’s se­cond fes­ti­val.

‘‘It was awe­some to see a good mix of cul­tures ex­pressed in crafts, mu­sic, and food,’’ he said of the Ti­tahi Bay Beach Fes­ti­val, which took place on Fe­bru­ary 11.

‘‘See­ing peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves was very grat­i­fy­ing.’’

The fes­ti­val was opened by two Ngati Toa waka en­ter­ing the bay at the call of a conch shell.

At its peak, Ti­tahi Bay Beach was packed with more than 1000 peo­ple.

Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­ber Claire Clark said it was the most peo­ple she had seen on the beach in more than 40 years.

The seven-hour event, which was blessed with per­fect sum­mer weather, in­cor­po­rated mu­sic, beach games, free snorkelling and horse rides, an art com­pe­ti­tion, dis­plays by groups such the taek­wondo club, Ir­ish danc­ing and hip hop, the fire service, a WWII Jeep and more than 30 stalls.

Ti­tahi Bay mu­si­cians such as Al­lGoodz and Five Cool Dad’s, Can­nons Creek singer Ma Rie and Welling­ton’s Quar­ter Acre Block helped cre­ate a re­laxed party vibe.

Brett said he was hop­ing Ti­tahi Bay Beach would be the venue for ‘‘many more fes­ti­vals’’ in the years to come.

See pho­tos P47.

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