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Rotorua Weekender - 2021-11-26

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Annual summer festival will have goodies galore

NEWS

Shauni James

Mark your calendars for December 11, because The Arts Village’s Summer Festival is back with plenty to browse and explore, and maybe even get ahead on Christmas presents. The Summer Festival is an annual market with New Zealand artists and makers offering locally made art and artisan, handmade crafts. It is a popular event every year, signalling the beginning of the summer art calendar. The festival runs from 10am to 3pm on the Arts Village Green and outdoor stage, with music and holiday-themed art activities. Registration for stallholders is open until today. Terms and conditions and applications are on The Arts Village website. This event will be run under the new Covid Protection Framework, as advised by the Government. This means all visitors, staff, volunteers and stallholders will have their vaccine passes checked and masks will be worn at all times, unless eating or performing. The Arts Village says the health, safety and wellbeing of the community are its main priority and this will ensure everyone can stay safe. Rotorua’s Julie Voss is one of the locals who has already applied to be a stallholder at the Summer Festival. She says her creations are handcarved woodblock printed items, including cards, journals, tea towels, purses, earrings, coasters and clothing. “I love the fun, vibrant atmosphere at the Rotorua Arts Village and seeing the incredible creativity of my fellow artists is always a delight. “I love supporting local and handmade art and craft.” She says this event brings a diverse range of people through the market that local businesses and artists might not normally reach, and it’s a great opportunity to network and meet other creative people. Taemi Hara, of Lovely Nature New Zealand, is another local who has applied as a stallholder, and says they have selections of origami jewellery, beeswax wraps and face masks handmade in Rotorua, and reflected by her cultural background. Taemi believes the Arts Village Summer Festival is a great showcase for local artists, to have an opportunity to acknowledge their works and connect to local people and the community. She says it’s also a chance for people to find unique local-made items for the festive season and to support artists in such a difficult time. “I am very happy that Rotorua has its own arts and crafts market with high-quality handmade items, music and free family activities. I am looking forward to meeting plenty of happy, smiling faces with safety measures.” The village thanks Rotorua Trust projects funding, Creative Communities Scheme, Pub Charity Limited and its partnership agreement with Rotorua Lakes Council, which enables this event to happen.

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