Necessary Traditions Festival by Rekindle

8 November - 17 November 2018 - Across the Arts Centre

The inaugural Necessary Traditions festival is a celebration of resourcefulness, craft and the re-invigoration of traditions vital to the sustainability of our people and planet.

Hosted by Rekindle, Necessary Traditions allows festivalgoers to watch and learn from more than 40 resourceful craftspeople skilled in a vast array of practices including shoemaking; Windsor chair making; rag-rug making; blacksmithing; willow basketwork; pin-hole photography; sourdough baking with local flours; soap making and other household essentials; cup, bowl and spoon carving; kintsugi; reforestation; darning and hand-sewn button-holes; preserving and fermenting; heritage building techniques; raranga harakeke weaving; bookbinding; ceramics with local pigment and clay; and many more.

During the festival, from 8 to 17 November 2018, these craftspeople will share their unique resourceful skills with festival-goers through demonstrations and workshops.

Important Necessary Tradition festival dates:

Thursday 8 November: Festival opening and Pecha Kucha in the Great Hall.

Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 November: The main festival event with more than 40 skilled people demonstrating their necessary traditions at the Arts Centre. An opportunity to learn new resourceful skills and enjoy local food and music.

Saturday 10 – Saturday 17 November: Guest speakers. Hear from botanists, ecologists and other tohunga about the history, use and health of local resources or taonga such as harakeke, tī kōuka (cabbage tree), tōtara and other indigenous species, basket willow, water and land.

Monday 12 – Saturday 17 November: Workshops. Learn from craftspeople in a vast array of classes. Bookings are essential.

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 60 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.