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Creative Northland – Connecting Northland’s Art Sector



ArtBeat is Whangarei’s biggest FREE Interactive Arts Festival open to the whole community in Northland. For 2019 ArtBeat will be held on Saturday 2 February 10am-4pm, once again in the beautiful Cafler Park in Whangarei. Where else can you bring your children and let them loose to experiment with all mediums of art all for FREE!?!?  Join the community for this annual event that has attracted over 8,000 people each year – we hope to see you there!

There will be 7 different ‘Zones’ at this year’s event as shown below:

Zone 1 – Food Market
If you’re feeling hungry then make your way to the Food Market at ArtBeat 2019! It will be located in the area of Cafler Park directly behind the Whangarei Library and Forum North. Feel free to bring a mat to sit and watch the stage on or there will be tables and chairs available.
Stallholders: Cabbage Tree (Asian inspired food), Coffee Time, Sunway Food, Karaage Chicken, Nougat and Liquorice from Helen Sharp, Frenchy’s Kitchen, Choice Blocks, Shiraz Indian Restaurant, Fruzo Supreme and Churros by Falafel Bros.


Zone 2 – Entertainment Hub
The stage will include a range of live performances from cultural dances, singing and theatre.
The MC will be the awesome TOAST from More FM Northland keeping the crowd entertained and up to date with all the event activities throughout the day. Watch this space for the stage line-up & entertainment schedule.


Zone 3 – Resene’s Interactive Zone
There will be various FREE creative activities for kids and families to get involved in such as painting, beading, giant bubbles and more. 


Zone 4 – Plus Chartered Accountants Neverland
If you want to get some beautiful face painting done by the teams from Northland Youth Theatre and Making a Scene then this is the place to be at ArtBeat! There will also be a treasure hunt for all those little explorers.


Zone 5 – Arts & Crafts Market 
Packed in near the rose garden end of the park will be all the amazing arts and crafts stall holders. There will be so many unique products on offer that you won’t want to miss out on!


Zone 6 – Community Zone
The community zone is a place to get to know some of the not-for-profit organisations and events in Whangarei and Northland. The Creative Northland team will be based here alongside More FM Northland, Volunteering Northland, Quarry Arts Centre and Northland Pasifika Fusion Festival.


Zone 7 – Youth Zone 
The youth zone is a new addition to ArtBeat, taking place inside the Whangarei Youth Space building as well as on the grass outside. Esports Gaming Whangarei will be coordinating the zone and working with other organisations/community members such as NorthTec, Whangarei Libraries and Wayne’s Workshop. Some activities taking place will be gaming, cosplay, digital tech, and more! A good place for the older siblings to hang out while the younger ones are getting creative in the Interactive Zone.

Many thanks to all our wonderful sponsors & supporters who without we couldn’t host this awesome event for the community:

Resene – Interactive Zone Sponsor
Plus Chartered Accountants – Neverland Sponsor
More FM Northland 91.6 – Media Sponsor
Whangarei Youth Space – WYS Venue Sponsor for Youth Zone
Oxford Sports Trust – Financial Sponsor
Esports Gaming Whangarei – Youth Zone Coordinator/Sponsor
Vital Signs – Billboard Sponsor
Pub Charity Limited – Finacial Sponsor
The Southern Trust – Financial Sponsor for Sound and Stage
The Soundcave – Stage and electrical provider
Rotary Club of Whangarei South Inc – Traffic Management 
Hirepool Ltd – Trailer sponsor
Whangarei Lions Club – Volunteers
Whangarei District Council – Equipment Sponsor

Prize SponsorsShiraz Indian Restaurant, The Butter Factory, Whangarei District Council (Venues and Events)Quarry Arts CentreNorthland Arts Centre & Kiwi North

This year registrations will be done in a different style with stall holders required to complete an ‘Expression of Interest Form’ online which will then be evaluated by the Creative Northland team who will select the ‘best fit’ stalls and allocate sites. This means that by completing the form you are not automatically a stall holder at the event

The types of stalls are as follows:
Community Group $30.00 – promotion only, nothing for sale
Artwork Sales $65.00 – locally made arts and crafts in Northland
Commercial Food Stall $100.00 – you must charge for your food, no free food is allowed as this is unfair to the other food vendors.
We are looking to have a couple of food/drink vendors down by the Arts & Crafts Zone. These vendors will probably have no access to power so will need to be self-sufficient. If you would like to be considered for this area rather than the main Food Zone please put this in your EOI form.

Creative Northland is also looking for awesome volunteers to help out with ‘Neverland’ (recently renamed from Fairy Grotto) and general event-assisting – this is a great opportunity to get some experience on your CV. For inquiries please contact Briar Fabian or Lenny Murupaenga at events@creativenorthland.com or 09 430 0710.

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Welcome to Creative Northland!

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