Third Starlight Festival
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.