Light and art installations from the Vivid Sydney Light Festival are set to bring Christmas cheer to the CBD.
Mainstreet Tauranga Manager Millie Pidwell says the Trustpower Toi Tauranga Festival starts on November 26 with an exciting programme of activities across the city centre.
“Whilst it was a difficult decision to not run the Trustpower Christmas Parade this year we are so excited by the festival line up that takes its place. It means the public have six weeks of unique art and light experiences and events to enjoy in the city centre. We can’t wait to get underway.”
A star attraction of the festival will be a two and a half metre high art and light installation, inspired by our native kiwi, entitled ‘Birds of Lumos’ that is set to transform Red Square in the heart of the city centre.
“The beautiful Birds of Lumos work of art has appeared at festivals across Australia and New Zealand so we are delighted to now host it is Tauranga. It features Rowi the kiwi and her chick and combines elements of Steampunk and light, featuring over 10,800 cable ties and constantly changing light patterns that transform the sculpture.”
Above the Birds of Lumos the installation also features the ‘Love Birds’ from the Vivid Sydney Festival.
“Gliding above you, these love birds flutter with colour and light in the wind. You can walk below the canopy and be immersed by the motion of the birds,” says Millie.
“Supporting this installation in Red Square and as part of the festival we also have Santa joining us on one of the floats from the Trustpower Christmas Parade and every Saturday morning up till Christmas with many of the cultural groups from the parade performing in Red Square from 10am – midday.”
Trustpower Community and Communications Advisor Ashleigh Cleaver says they are excited with the revamped initiative.
“The Trustpower team are proud to support such an amazing new event in our home city. The themes around the light installation and events surrounding it really resonate with our company values – the themes of Tiaki (care for people and place), Urutau (adapting, pivoting and changing to continue to provide what is needed), as well as adopting a digital mindset – looking for ways where technology can help, enhancing and make positive change for the community.”
A new mural, movie night and exhibitions also feature in the festival line up.
“We have a large immersive mural, that celebrates the marine life of Tauranga Moana, being painted on the wall in the Grey street alleyway that leads to the Spring Street carpark, we are hosting open air movie nights in Red Square on December 12th and early January in Masonic Park and more exhibitions opening including ‘The Ceramics Gallery’ opening in the former Glassons store site in Devonport Road.
“Seven artists who have just completed their of Diploma of Ceramics at Waikato Potters Society, from Otago Polytech will be displaying their four years of work. Six are Tauranga artists so it will be a great showcase of our creative community. They’re also running workshops including kids Christmas decorating classes, a Wine and Clay’ workshop for women, ‘Make a ceramic kiwi’ workshop and more.”