ArtBeat in the run­ning

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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