By ROBYN BRISTOW
Organisers of the Rangiora Festival of Light and Sound in Victoria Park are still hoping to brighten up people’s lives and light up Rangiora from September 16 to 19.
However, it will depend on the Covid-19 alert level dropping to 1, meaning a tweak to Wednesday’s opening night to limit access to 100 visitors at a time.
The remaining nights would go ahead as normal, but if the level is held at 2, the back-up dates will be September 23 to 26.
“If neither date is possible, we will simply reschedule the event as soon as level 1 is announced notice,”spokesman Karl Horwarth says.
“We are hoping that the current success in combating the virus means that we will be able to reschedule sometime in October.
“We believe that level 1 is not far away and that there is a huge public appetite for events as soon as level 1 is announced.
“I do not want to postpone unless we have to and, if we do, we want to reschedule as quickly as possible,” Karl says.
The event is based on the popular Botanic Delights Festival in Christchurch, and is aimed at lifting spirits for people wearied by the disruption of Covid-19.
Over four nights, Victoria Park will be a fairyland of talking trees, disco lights, music, dancing lights, interactive lighting displays, and smoke and bubble machines.
It all culminates in a special Saturday night grand finale, with a family movie on a big screen, light displays, music from local bands, and a special appearance by the Rangiora Brass Band.
There will be food, drinks, attractions and a licensed bar.
Spectrum will be installing the lights, and the company has come on board as a major sponsor, along with New World Rangiora, MainPower, Ray White Rangiora, Visit Waimakariri, Fools of Desire cafe, Compass FM and the North Canterbury News
Music, food trucks, and some additional light installations have been confirmed, and the MainPower North Canterbury Lights photo competition has been launched.
The MainPower photo contest is open to anyone who would like to show their appreciation for places in North Canterbury, with a focus on what makes the region such a great place to live, using inspiration.
Entries must be submitted via email by noon on September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a youth and adult category, so entrants should state if they are under 16.
Finalists will have their work showcased in the North Canterbury News
The newspaper will host a golden ticket competition. It will be inserted in a paper available from New World Rangiora on Thursday, September 17. The person who finds a gold star in an edition picked up from the supermarket will win a $200 voucher from Fools of Desire cafe and a family pass to the festival.
Festival tickets are $5 a person or $10 a family, with tickets able to be used over multiple nights. It will run from 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Saturday’s finale from 5pm.
“The four days of festivities are about bringing people together,” Karl says.
With all the infrastructure in place, the Rangiora Festival of Colour will fit in seamlessly on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.