Third Starlight Fes­ti­val

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Cel­e­brat­ing the dark sky re­serve.

is­sues, to pro­mote dark skies and to pro­mote astro-tourism,’’ Hearn­shaw said.

The fes­ti­val will com­prise a mix of sci­en­tific, ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural events over three days, he said.

There will be stargaz­ing, a con­cert, an es­say and po­etry com­pe­ti­tion, doc­u­men­taries on the night sky, a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion, pub­lic talks by in­ter­na­tional key­note speak­ers, work­shops, ex­hi­bi­tions, son et lu­miere an­i­ma­tions, plan­e­tar­ium shows and more.

The event was de­signed for school stu­dents, fam­ily groups and mem­bers of the pub­lic and astro- tourists and stargaz­ers from over­seas who are in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the stars.

The fes­ti­val is held ev­ery two years, and has been run twice pre­vi­ously, in Oc­to­ber 2013 and Oc­to­ber 2015, Hearn­shaw said.

Most of the events for the fes­ti­val, which is be­ing held in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury, will take place at the Her­mitage at Mt Cook from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 - Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

Visit the of­fi­cial web­site can­ter­bury.ac.nz/starlight­fes­ti­val/ or face­book.com/Ao­rak­iMacken­zieS­tarlightFes­ti­val for fur­ther de­tails about the event.

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