Festival attracts crowd
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.
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