MIL OSI – Source: Whangarei District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Ngapuhi Festival 2018 – Whangarei District Council
11/10/2017 12:00 a.m.
Ngapuhi Festival 2018 is set to be a major feature of Council’s next Endless Summer Festival.
Hosted by Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi with support from Council, Ngāpuhi Festival 2018 will be held at Toll Stadium, Whangarei on Saturday 27 January 2018.
The festival’s audience grew from 4000 people in 2004 to 30,000 plus in 2016 and is now the largest free music, arts, cultural and community event in Northland.
Aotearoa’s premier Iwi Arts Exhibition Toi Ngāpuhi returns to Ngāpuhi festival 2018 with over 50 Ngāpuhi and Māori artists exhibiting world-class clay, glass, painting, sculpture and mixed media artworks. The exhibition will be held in Toll Stadium level two lounge and is open to the public from 25-27 January.
Ngapuhi 2018 will feature some of Aotearoa’s best homegrown talent including award winning RnB/soul singer Aaradhna; soulful roots reggae band Paua and the melodic Modern Maori Quartet. Further performances will be announced via facebook and the festival website.
Ngapuhi Festival 2018 Facebook page
Ngapuhi Festival 2018 Website
“The festival is a biannual celebration for Ngāpuhi, NZ’s largest Iwi. It’s a free event that brings diverse communities and thousands of people together to experience Ngāpuhi entertainment, food, arts, crafts and hospitality. I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the day, the entertainment, fun activities, art exhibition and all the food stalls,” said Rūnanga CEO Tony Dowling.
The smoke-free, alcohol-free and family-friendly festival features more than 100 stalls, interactive children’s activities and designated space for kaumātua plus kuia.
Festival Event Manager Tio Taiaki notes “we’re excited to host next year’s festival at Toll Stadium – it’s going to be a fun day for everyone and don’t forget your togs and towel for the waterslide. He says the festival will also live video-stream all stage performances to the world and onto the giant LCD screen for everyone to share and enjoy.”