Cel­e­brat­ing in art deco style

Glen Pick­er­ing has a huge job on his hands - di­rect­ing Hawke’s Bay’s big­gest event.

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What is your cur­rent role?

I’m Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor for the Art Deco Trust with my main fo­cus on

Hawke’s Bay’s largest event, the Tre­mains Art Deco Fes­ti­val.

How did you ini­tially get in­volved in the Art Deco Trust and how long have you been part of it?

I joined the trust in June 2016. I was the di­rec­tor of a fes­ti­val in Christchurch, when the Art Deco Trust ap­proached me about this job. My fam­ily are from and still live in Wairoa and we re­ally wanted to come back to Hawke’s Bay, so jumped at the op­por­tu­nity.

What can pun­ters ex­pect from this year’s of­fer­ing?

This year is go­ing to be spe­cial. It’s the 30th year the fes­ti­val has been run­ning and we are go­ing to be cel­e­brat­ing in style. Our main fo­cus is on mu­sic. We have Fri­day Night with the Stars fea­tur­ing Moses Mackay from Sol3 Mio, Es­ther Stephens from Go Girls & West­side and lots of other amaz­ing per­form­ers. There will also be a lot of mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and per­for­mances in the streets Fri­day through Sun­day. Ex­pect to have a full on, fun art deco ex­pe­ri­ence! What are the in­gre­di­ents of a great event?

It’s all about cre­at­ing mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ences. That in­volves think­ing about ev­ery­thing from the big stuff like what types of events to put on and what en­ter­tain­ment will work best; through to how do peo­ple get there, park, book tick­ets. You try to think about ev­ery lit­tle mo­ment so the au­di­ence doesn’t have to. With a fes­ti­val like this it’s also about mak­ing it ac­ces­si­ble. Giv­ing ev­ery­one an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover some­thing that makes them think ‘‘Yes I want to go and see that’’. The fes­ti­val is first and fore­most a cel­e­bra­tion for our community so we want ev­ery­one to come and en­joy.

How much time goes into plan­ning an event like this and how many peo­ple are in­volved? My brain is al­ways think­ing about what to do next so I’m al­ready plan­ning 2-3 years in ad­vance. Day to day, I work full time on this with a team of amaz­ing peo­ple, who take care of fundrais­ing, spon­sor­ship, mar­ket­ing, tick­et­ing, and ev­ery­thing else you can think of. We also have an in­cred­i­ble group of vol­un­teers without whom this fes­ti­val would not ex­ist. All up in­clud­ing staff, vol­un­teers, community groups, sup­pli­ers, and en­ter­tain­ers there would be over 300 peo­ple in­volved in bring­ing the fes­ti­val to life.

What keeps you pas­sion­ate about it year af­ter year?

The chal­lenge for events is mak­ing sure they stay fresh, by de­vel­op­ing new events that ex­cite peo­ple and mak­ing them want to come back year af­ter year. I’m con­stantly learn­ing and think­ing about how to im­prove the fes­ti­val, so each time some­one has an even bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence than the last.

How im­por­tant is it for you to share your knowl­edge and pas­sion for art deco?

Art deco is hugely sig­nif­i­cant for Napier. Not only is it our her­itage but it also is one of the big­gest eco­nomic driv­ers for the re­gion. Napier’s en­tire tourism in­dus­try is based around it. And our art deco her­itage is spe­cial. Shar­ing our story is a big part of what the Fes­ti­val spe­cial. Where did your in­ter­est in art deco come from?

My in­ter­est for art deco re­ally only started when I be­gan work­ing for the trust. I love the mu­sic, the fash­ion and whole style of the era. The cars are beau­ti­ful and the ar­chi­tec­ture and art are breath­tak­ing. I have fallen in love with it!

Can you tell me a lit­tle about what’s com­ing up in this year’s fes­ti­val?

This year’s vin­tage car pa­rade has 300 cars and is fea­tur­ing the 30 best cars from the fes­ti­val. There are the fly­ing dis­plays, rail­car rides, we have big con­certs, more street the­atre and per­for­mances, more mu­sic and lots re­ally fun and ex­cit­ing events. Where is your favourite place in New Zealand and why is it a favourite?

I love be­ing any­where near the ocean and in New Zealand we are blessed with lots of coast­line. I love Ma¯hia and Ocean Beach be­cause they are just beau­ti­ful sandy swimming beaches.

If you could in­vite four peo­ple to din­ner, who would they be and why?

I would in­vite my grand­par­ents (all four have passed away) be­cause as an adult I re­ally want to know about them, be­cause that’s where I’ve come from. I would’ve loved to have known them as peo­ple.

What mu­sic have you been lis­ten­ing to lately?

A bit of ev­ery­thing. Steve Won­der. Crowded House. Split Enz. Por­tu­gal. Broods. Calvin Har­ris. Chem­i­cal Broth­ers.

What was the last book you read?

GLEN PICK­ER­ING

Art Deco Trust fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Glen Pick­er­ing.

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