Special guests

As well as the wonderful workshops, thought provoking presentations, live demonstrations and fun kids activities have a few special attractions we are weaving together to make the 2021 Living Wood Fair truly special.

Deborah Walsh is a sculptor who uses the techniques and materials of basketry, weaving and whittling in her work. An interest in Stone-age technology, Cargo Cult objects and 19th century natural history inform her object-making. Her sculptures are held in many national and international museums and collections. Deborah is offering a free drop-in flower whittling workshop in the Green Woodworking zone between 10am and 2pm each day.

Philip Simpson is a botanist living in Pohara. Now retired, he worked formerly for the Department of Conservation, then as an ecological consultant. For the last 20 years he has researched and written books on the natural and cultural history of iconic New Zealand trees such as tōtara, and most recently on Abel Tasman National Park. Philip Simpson will be taking people on his popular walk and talk through the bush near the Fairholme Gallery, to talk about the ancient Tōtara forest. The free walk and talk starts at 2pm on Saturday, meet at the Info Tent.

Te Hā o te Ao Tūroa (sounds of the natural world) is a short listening experience whereby participants can walk through the bush adjacent to the Fairholme Gallery homestead to hear taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments) played in a natural setting by Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir, Solomon Rahui, Bob Bickerton Robin Slow and Brian Flintoff. As well as being part of the opening and closing ceremonies there will be 2 other opportunities to hear these beautiful harmonies: Saturday at 11.15am and Sunday 12.45pm, meet at the Main Stage.

We also have performances from Wildbloom Belly Dance troupe (Saturday 4.15pm Main Stage), the Morris Dancers (Sunday 11.45am, 2.45pm Main Stage) and Dance Collective Mohua who will be clowning around the site on Sunday lunchtime.

Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.  $25 + bf for a daily pass; $40+bf for a weekend pass; concession $15+bf per day.  Kids under 16 are free.  Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.  

Please NO DOGS as we have horses working on site.

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