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Celebrate! Splore 2019

Celebrate! Splore 2019

The eagerly-awaited Splore festival theme has been announced.

Festival producer Fryderyk Kublikowski says Celebrate! Splore 2019 was chosen as the theme because the 2019 marks Splore’s 20th birthday and the tenth whakanui at the stunning seaside Tapapakanga Regional Park.

“As one of New Zealand’s longest-standing music festivals, there’s always a lot to celebrate with Splore but achieving such milestones this coming February makes it a particularly fitting theme.”

Mr Kublikowski says the celebrations are not just about Splore, but the people who attend: “All Splorers are invited to join in and bring their own reasons to celebrate”.

A set of joyful characters have been developed to reinforce the Celebrate! Splore 2019 message including a humorous video, which will be shared on social media and beyond.

Hamish Steptoe, Splore’s Creative Director, says the video was inspired by the desire to communicate the extreme happiness people say they feel about their Splore experience.

“We regularly get feedback from people who say they experienced the best weekend of their lives at Splore.

“What better way to emphasise that happiness than developing a set of exuberant

sock puppets.”

Mr Steptoe says the sock puppet characters were inspired by a wide range of Splore team members and festival goers, and depict their typical happiness, positive energy – and quirks.

In Splore style, festival goers will be encouraged to participate actively in the Celebrate theme and Splore’s Saturday night dress up party, with suggestions including: Celebrate yourself! Celebrate friendship! Celebrate love, diversity, whanau and freedom! Celebrate your body! Celebrate tēnei whenua! Celebrate kindness, mother nature and sunshine! Celebrate every day! Celebrate Splore!

One’s own imagination will be the only limit to the personal celebration theme possibilities!

Splore 2019 hashtag - #celebrateSplore


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