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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.


The highest number of costumes ever have been entered in this year’s Art’nTartan wearable art contest and show in the Celtic Barn, Waipu. A host of revised sections has given the contest a new edge and has encouraged entries from far and wide. Prepare to be amazed!

Director, Helen Frances, returns this year after a year’s break and has brought with her fresh and innovative ideas to showcase these exciting new categories.

Not least of these is  “Dreamworld – Weird and Wonderful” where designers have been given free rein to express their creativity in a costume that looks stunning under all forms of illumination. To this end, an amazing array of entries has emerged incorporating fluorescent fabrics, funky fibres and glow-in-the dark paint. This is a new challenge for Helen and her hard-working band of volunteers backstage but one they have all risen to with the degree of expertise and professionalism that audiences have come to expect.

The section “Go Mad in Plaid”, a new take on the previously named “Dressed to Kilt” open category, has enticed the largest number of artists to enter this year. Audiences will look forward to viewing a new take on their favourite tartan.

The show takes place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets for the Saturday awards night sold out very early but there are still a few tickets left for Friday’s opening night and the matinee. They are obtainable direct from Waipu Museum or online at Eventfinda.