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


Sculpture in Action, Gardening on Rooftops

Media release from Write Now
Sculpture in Action, Gardening on Rooftops - Garden & Artfest 2012 Programme launched

Full size images and downloads available online

The inaugural festival sculpture symposium and a rooftop garden recognizing our increased urbanization are just two of a varied line up of events planned for the garden and art festival to be held in the Bay of Plenty in November this year.

This eighth biennial Garden & Artfest from 1-11 November, promises gardens galore and much more in a programme which has as its core attraction a garden trail which stretches from Katikati to Te Puke, including more than 60 gardens, 55 artists exhibiting in garden settings, and related attractions.

There are several new events which Festival Director, John Beech, says, “Aim to round out the festival and increase its connection to the community.” Tauranga’s waterfront will be a hive of activity during the Craigs Investment Partners Sculpture Symposium where 15 sculptors have been invited to create a work in public. Huge hunks of stone will be craned onto the Tauranga waterfront near the CDB to be transformed within one week into sculptures for sale by auction at end of the symposium. The public are invited to watch the work in action at this free event.

Greening our city landscape is the theme of the Urban Rooftop Garden where a city rooftop car park will be transformed into an urban oasis to demonstrate how our ‘concrete jungle’ can be softened with vegetation, and to provide inspiration to green up small city spaces.

You can even keep bees in an urban garden according to one of the experts conducting workshops and sharing secrets in the Speaker and Workshop Series. Hear from an Australian garden guru, the lady restored the grounds at Larnach castle, a Maori medicine man, and garden writer and broadcaster, Lynda Hallinan in a varied programme providing information spliced with laughs.

Seven of the region’s most established artists share an exhibition titled ‘Masterclass – All Things Floral. Each will each apply their unique style and perspective to the floral theme, their works on display and for sale during the festival.

Add in fashion from recycled garden materials, a major exhibition by the BOP Area Floral Art Society, a festival of media, arts and design by Polytechnic students, a garden photography field trip, and children gardening in schools and you have, as John says,” A festival with something for everyone.”

In a departure from gardens, festival goers can hear Anna Coddington in concert and, over a ‘Long Lunch’ at the culmination of the event, TV3’s Mike McRoberts will share his experiences in the world’s ‘hot spots’.

Tickets for the festival go on sale 1 September.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Panic In The Pacific Over China

For years, it has been no secret that China wants closer security and trade ties with the small nations of the Pacific region. All part of Beijing’s self-image as a global superpower. To that end this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an unprecedented 10-day tour of the Pacific, aimed at convincing his Pacific hosts to join a cross-Pacific agreement that would let Beijing provide them with high-level police training and security, shared data co-operation and other joint services ranging from agriculture to tourism...


Covid-19: Second Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable
People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>

Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

PM Speech: Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>




InfoPages News Channels