ArtBeat in the running
Creative Northland’s ArtBeat 2018 is the sole Northland finalist in this year’s New Zealand Event Awards.
It’s lining up alongside Hawke’s Bay’s Christmas in the Park, Hutt City Council’s Carnival of Lights, Iron Ma¯ori Taupo¯nui-a-Tia and Wanganui’s Light up Bike Spectacle in the best community event category.
The great thing about ArtBeat, staged annually in Whanga¯rei, was that all the activities, like getting creative and experimenting with different art genres, were free, spokesperson Briar Fabian said.
This year’s event had once again been designed to appeal to all ages. Highlights included a fairy grotto for face-painting, puppet shows, a treasure hunt and “a little bit of magic,” with more than 50 local art and food stalls adding to the occasion.
New Zealand Events Association chairman Graham Rouse congratulated the finalists, who he said had demonstrated outstanding vision, innovation and results.
“This, combined with sustained growth in the volume of awards applications we are receiving year on year, is a really positive indication of the strength of the events industry in New Zealand and the positive impact that it has on people, communities and the economy.”
The awards will be presented in Auckland on March 26, with public voting in all nine categories opening in February.