Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


240 hours to celebrate 40 years of Winter Festival

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AMERICAN EXPRESS QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL:

1.30PM, 18 JUNE 2014

240 hours to celebrate 40 years of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival

From Friday (20 June) an estimated 45,000 people will be arriving in Queenstown for the 40th anniversary of the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy more than 70 events held over 240 hours to mark the milestone.

What started as a small event with a few ski races and lolly scrambles for the kids in 1975, the ten days of Winter Festival are now the southern hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter.

Festival Manager Lisa Buckingham says that despite the growth over the last four decades, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival is still a community event that brings everyone together.

“I always look forward to the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks – it brings the local community together and reminds me that the people are one of the things I love most about Queenstown. We’re delighted to have the Exponents kicking off our 40 year anniversary celebrations, too. It’s going to be a special evening!”

The 2014 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has a calendar packed with more than 70 events and activities, with more than 50 events on the programme being free. There’s something for everyone across ten days of winter-themed craziness.

Amid the usual crazy events, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the 40th anniversary milestone, from seventies-themed events that tip their hat to the inaugural Winter Festival in 1975, through to “Our Story: Celebrating Forty Years”, a photo and memorabilia display telling the story of Winter Festival’s history.

The American Express Festival Street Parade sees floats pay tribute to forty years ago with a theme of “Step Back in Time: Forty Years Ago”, while the more serious Gen-I Business Luncheon sees the world’s business leaders discuss the topic of what tourism in Queenstown will look like in forty years .

Two events have been run annually since 1975; the DB Export Dog Derby and the Waiters Race (now the QRC Hospitality Race). The American Express Comedy Debate makes a comeback as part of the 40th celebrations as do long term favourites like the hilarious Hits 90.4 Birdman contest and the SKYCITY Narnia Ball, all sharing billing with the new must do’s like the Auckland Airport Community Carnival and Comedy Night.

It all starts on Friday, 20 June at 5:30pm, when thousands of visitors and locals are expected to crowd Queenstown’s waterfront to join the American Express Opening Party and Fireworks, the fittingly spectacular annual start to the Festival.

MC’d by local identities Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson and Brendan ‘Quilly’ Quill, the event will start with a celebration of local talent performing music from the four decades of Festival. After the fireworks, Kiwi rockers The Exponents perform an hour long set of classic kiwi anthems from their own thirty year career.

American Express is marking an extraordinary 25 years of support for the Festival and is sponsoring the Opening Party and Fireworks, the Festival Street Parade, the Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Night Skiing and bringing back the Comedy Debate “Is Forty the new Thirty?”.

To see the full line up of the programme and individual event details check out the complete American Express Queenstown Winter Festival calendar online at www.winterfestival.co.nz or pick up a programme at information outlets throughout the region.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news