Festival tickets proving Just So popular
Early bird tickets have been snapped up quickly for a special family-focused festival.
The Just So Festival is scheduled for February 23-25 next year at Kaitoke Regional Park in Upper Hutt, and event producer Kaly Newman said the response so far had been overwhelmingly positive.
There had been plenty of chatter on the festival’s Facebook page and early bird tickets that went on sale on August 1 had sold out within a week.
More than 300 of the 750 allocated camping tickets had also been sold for the festival which is predicted to draw about 3000 people.
‘‘There’s definitely an appetite for it. There isn’t another festival in New Zealand like it.’’
The festival, set up as a not-forprofit registered charity, will focus on fun, families spending time together and sharing creative experiences.
Newman said displays of music, dance and art would be a big part of the festival.
It would also hold sustainability workshops, interactive art activities and installations, and classes in yoga, mindfulness and tai chi.
Other highlights would be a lantern parade, a midnight feast and the ‘‘tribal tournament’’, in which festival-goers dressed up for a series of competitive but good-natured challenges.
The venue, Kaitoke Regional Park, would also be an important part of the festival, providing a beautiful backdrop and access to bush walks and the river to swim in.
Newman recently returned home after helping run the production office of the United Kingdom’s Just So Festival, which has been running for eight years.
‘‘I had such a good time and seeing the children and everyone enjoying themselves, it makes you see there’s a part of life that’s about celebrating.’’
The New Zealand Just So Festival would support the Birthright and Grandparents Raising Grand- children charities.
Corporate sponsors and festival goers have been encouraged help fund or donate tickets to beneficiaries of the charities.
For more information about the Just So Festival, visit http:/ /justsofestivalnz.org
Kaitoke Regional Park is the location for the Just So Festival. Inset, Kaly Newman, second from right, with the UK festival team.