Onehunga Arts Festival
Onehunga’s thriving creative community is about to be showcased in our own inaugural arts festival, taking place between 22nd and 30th June. Organiser, the Onehunga Business Association (OBA), is running the nine-day event in association with the Maungakiekie-Tãmaki Local Board, and Panuku Development Auckland.
The festival will feature an eclectic range of family-friendly events. These will range from an art exhibition showing off the work of local artists, theatre, live mural art, a children’s photography competition and exhibition, art walks, art talks, an exhibition showcasing portraits of local families, music, poetry reading, and story telling. There will also be the chance to get involved with creative workshops including weaving, patchwork, and dance. Demonstrations include yarn bombing, carving, and sewing.
Angela Corbett, OBA’s events’ manager, says, “This year the OBA is organising the arts festival as a signature event to celebrate Onehunga’s artistic diversity. Our intention is to deliver the event bi-annually in the future.”
Things you need to know:
* The Festival kicks off on Saturday 22nd June at 10am with a music event outside the Onehunga Community Library, featuring local performers. This will be followed by the Nga Atua Hou projection in the Trident Carpark 6pm-9pm and the Street Markets outside the 312 Hub 6pm-10pm.
* The Kids’ Photography Competition requires children to capture one photo reflecting what Onehunga means to them. It has been running since mid-May, and the closing date is 9th June. Winning images will be displayed in an exhibition at the 312 Hub for the duration of the Festival. The image that receives the most public votes at the exhibition will win a Sony camera. For more information see onehunga.net.nz/arts-fest.
* Renowned photographer, Tom Ang, will be doing free family portrait sessions on the 15th and 16th June, with selected images to be included in an exhibition for the Festival. If your family would like to be involved in this please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited.