The Alexandra Thyme Festival runs from Saturday, October 28 to Sunday, November 5. For more information and details on how to book visit www.thymefestival.co.nz
Central Otago’s largest arts and sustainability festival – the Alexandra Thyme Festival – begins later this month, with the aim of developing our skills as a sustainable, healthy and creative community.
Festival co-ordinator Clair Higginson said the festival – which has the overall theme of ‘Cherishing Our Environment’ - seeks actions to reduce the effects of climate change by providing tools for change and provokes thinking about the ecological and social challenges we face.
The festival is made up of four different threads – wellbeing, craft, arts and sustainability – which are reflected in the interactive workshops, walks, talks, demonstrations, working artists, exhibits, films and live performances on offer.
Some of the feature events include the official festival opening on Sunday, October 29, which will be attended by the committee, tutors and artists, with the public also welcome to attend. Other feature events include a wellness retreat, where people spend a day immersing themselves in wellness for their mind, body and soul, a Pecha Kucha night exploring citizen science, a waste-free living presentation promoting non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, a screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel film, a felting workshop by award-winning local felt artist Maureen McKenzie and a waste-free living stand promoting non-toxic, environmentally-friendly products at the Market in the Park.
Other events and workshops being held during the week-long celebrations include a sustainable house tour around homes in Cromwell, a kokedama and terrariums workshop where people will get to create two miniature gardens for their homes – one hanging and one enclosed in glass, a circus skills workshop, the popular lunchbox conversations looking at topics such as fast fashion and doughnut economics, and lunchtime concerts, featuring performances from local schools and community music groups.
The week will also feature working artists – musicians Sheena Michie and Liz Conway, junk artist Sean Boyd, along with visual artists Maxine Williams and Marion Vialade.
Former Alexandra artist Tracy Osborne will return to run a two-day workshop on mosaics. Those attending her workshop will also have the opportunity to make a smaller piece of art to go towards a large community art piece which will be unveiled at the end of the festival.
A novel initiative will see a Purple Bike Library set up where people can find a purple bike with the festival logos at various locations around town and use it to pedal to any events they like during the festival.
The festival finishes on the weekend of Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5. The Market in the Park on Saturday demonstrates waste-free living, including a crop swap shop, and a waste-free living stall.