Lake Wānaka Tourism is working side by side with the Wānaka creative sector to present a new event this spring, with the goal of showcasing the incredible talent of this region. Toi is set to take place on October 17 and 18.
The name comes from the Māori word ‘toi’, which often translates to knowledge, skill, excellence, source, origin or mastery, and the event has been brought together by a group of creatively-minded individuals, businesses, and community groups, including Link Upper Clutha, Ignite Wānaka and Festival of Colour - Wānaka.
“Toi will be a celebration of creativity, design and excellence for locals and visitors who love the arts and will feature two days of workshops, exhibitions, events and performance,” said Nicola King, marketing executive. The group were engaging a local Māori designer to create the event’s brand identity and had sought permission for use of the word.
The weekend will be open to the public, with some ticketed events. It will run alongside the Three Lakes Cultural Trust’s RenewArt Project - a community event incorporating visual and performing arts, presented in Queenstown on October 9 and 10, and Wānaka on October 16 and 17 - in an effort to reinvigorate arts in the community after COVID-19.
“It is hoped that these events will demonstrate that our artists and performers are resilient and determined to bounce back,” said the Trust’s general manager Jo Brown, adding that the 40 selected visual and performing artists to take part in these events would be announced on Tuesday, September 1.
If you or your business is interested in participating in Toi by running a workshop, selling at the artisan market or hosting an exhibition or event, please email email@example.com or call 021 280 5959. The deadline for submission is Thursday, September 3.
If you are a musician or performer keen to be a part of a busking event in 'Buskers Square' at Kai Whakapai on October 18, please submit your interest by emailing Laura Williamson at festivalofcolour.co.nz.
View edition 989 of the Wānaka Sun here.