If there’s anywhere that knows how to do winter, it’s Queenstown – and what better way to demonstrate that than with a whole festival dedicated to the chilly season? Building on years of success, the 2015 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival will include its first ever Pecha Kucha event – a worldwide story-telling sensation.
Since its establishment in 1975, ‘Winterfest’ has grown into New Zealand’s (and possibly the southern Hemisphere’s) largest celebration of Winter. From 19-28 June, Queenstown will play host to a range of Winter Festival events. From comedy nights and theatre shows through to ice hockey matches and night skiing, Winterfest is jam-packed with a variety of events to entertain the winter sport mad, families, food lovers, and those just wanting a laugh or a good night out. But what we’re most excited about is the festival’s first ever winter-themed Pecha Kucha event – powered by Macpac.
Pecha Kucha has become a popular fast-paced evening of sharing stories and ideas where speakers display a series of 20 images to the audience and have just 20 seconds to narrate them. Alongside members of the renowned New Zealand Alpine team, a range of story tellers including photographer and adventurer, Joseph Michael will be sharing stories about what winter means to them. Joseph has produced a stream of innovative and groundbreaking projects across the spectrum of film (The Hobbit), television, documentaries and fine art. As part of his most recent project, ‘Dark Cloud/White Light’, Joseph consolidated his passion for time-lapse photography, 3D film, landscape art and sound to create a fully immersive, multi-media art installation. He’ll be sharing stories and images from his recent trip to Antarctica at the Pecha Kucha event – not to be missed!
Father Bruce Wells will also take the stage to share stories about parenting three of New Zealand’s top free skiers. Bruce moved to Wanaka more than 25 years ago to work as a patroller, and alongside wife Stacey, he raised sons Jossi, Byron, Beau-James and Jackson on the slopes. The brothers have gone on to achieve great success in the international free skiing arena.
The Pecha Kucha event will be held on Thursday 25 June, and Macpac is also getting behind the guided snowshoeing event on 27 June, and the Avalanche Awareness Seminar on 22 June.
For more information, updates and to purchase tickets, head over to www.winterfestival.co.nz
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