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Hullabaloo Children's Arts Festival announced!

Wednesday 9 September 2020

Hullabaloo Children's Arts Festival announced!


Batten down the hatches, the Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival is heading to Northland this October with a fun-packed programme of silliness and laughter. This festival is for the kids and the young-at-heart, dancing is compulsory, giggling is unavoidable… you have been warned!

This exciting new festival launches Monday 5th October and will present some of New Zealand’s most popular kids and family entertainers including Anika Moa, Captain Festus McBoyle and Chris Sanders of Angel Star. There will be puppet shows from the Magic Playhouse, theatre productions and outdoor movies on the biggest screen in the land!

Festival Director, Jackie Sanders says that the Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival is an opportunity for families to have some fun together. “Given the difficult year we have all had, we wanted to create something special for kids. Hullabaloo is about embracing our tamariki, entertaining and educating. It is important to bring these experiences to regions that often miss out and so we are excited to announce the very first festival will be in the Far North.”

Hullabaloo will have its hub in Waitangi at the Waitaha Events Centre, but the festival is also heading out on the road. Jackie Sanders explains “Our aim is to encourage the domestic family market to make Northland the destination of choice during the School Holidays and Labour Weekend, it has been a tough time for local tourism as well as our event industry. We also want to make sure all Northlanders have easy access to these great events, so we have programmed shows in Kaitaia, Totara North, Kerikeri and Kaikohe. This has been made possible by fantastic support of the local Community Boards and Far North District Council.”

Organisers have also introduced a Pay It Forward option, where people can donate a ticket to a family that might not be able to afford it. “Regardless of the current situation, Northland has one of the highest poverty rates in New Zealand. We have kept our prices as low as possible, but it may still be out of reach for many of our families. Each donation via our Pay It Forward option will become a ticket which will be given to a local family who otherwise would not be able to attend. Hullabaloo has contributed 50 tickets to kick-start the programme and we hope that companies or individuals will contribute as well.”

Hullabaloo Children’s Arts Festival goes on sale 8am Wednesday 9 September via Eventfinda. Grab your tickets now!