People are counting down to June 20 when tartan madness will break out in Waipu, and the town will go nuts for a couple of weeks hosting the Waipu in Tartan festival.
10/06/2014 11:24 a.m.
The success of the event, due in part to funding of a part-time coordinator through the Council-administered Creative Communities Grant Scheme, has seen funding increased this year.
This year Whangarei District Council allocated $3500 from the scheme to Waipu Museum for the Waipu Art 'n Tartan Wearable Art Awards as well as the $2850.95 to the Waipu Business & Promotions Group to coordinate the event.
Events will kick off on 20 June with Men in Kilts playing rugby and Tarts in Tartan playing tennis. The next day will see a celidh at the Coronation Hall, and from 27 June, with the Art 'n Tartan Wearable Arts Awards, a bolt of tartan events will unfurl.
Tartan golf, tartan church services, tartan at the races, tartan day parades, people and pets parades, haggis tasting, shortbread making, dancing, a milk-off – you name it, the tartan inspired imaginations of Waipu folk will be getting a good work out. There is even a tartan mid-winter swim, tartan pool contest, tartan sausage sizzle, a tartan taniwha competition and a mud run.
The festival is timed to coincide with 1 July, a significant time in Scotland’s history. In 1746 after the battle of Culloden the “Act of Proscription” was passed that forbade Highland men and boys from wearing tartan. The Act was repealed on 1 July 1782 and this day is celebrated throughout the world today.
“This is the perfect kind of project to apply for Creative Communities funding,” said Whangarei District Council’s Group Manager District Living Paul Dell.
“Activities like this are expressive, creative, talk about the people who live in a particular place and the things they value and are good at. Waipu has a well-developed sense of identity, history and place already and this festival is growing and reinforcing that identity. It ticks all the boxes.”
Creative Communities funding is administered by Whangarei District Council. Applications are called for twice a year, usually in February and August.
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