Spark Festival kicks off next week

SPARK, the international festival of media, arts and design at the School of Media Arts, starts next week and runs through until Friday  August 15.

SPARK festival organiser Megan Lyon is delighted with the eye-catching fluro colours used in this year’s promotional material.
SPARK festival organiser Megan Lyon is delighted with the eye-catching fluro colours used in this year’s promotional material.

The festival showcases a broad range of the arts including music, moving image and script writing, traditional Maori tattoo, gallery exhibitions, photography, architecture and fashion design.

Festival director Megan Lyon is delighted that the SPARK website is now up and running as there had been some delays.

“Doing a website build a couple of weeks out from the festival was not ideal,” she said.

The website and SPARK programme offer easy-to-follow flow charts of the daily events, backgrounds of the artists and performers taking part and clear maps of the six venues where the festival is taking place.

All venues are centrally located and are in walking distance from Anglesea Street.

Workshops, speakers, press clubs and panel discussions also run throughout the festival.

SPARK draws people from all over New Zealand with registrations for attendance coming from as far afield as Invercargill and also some from Australia, Lyon said.

The main attendees to SPARK include students studying in Media Arts disciplines at Wintec, music students from the University of Waikato, and senior high school students from the Waikato and beyond.

The public are welcome to attend.

Most of the activities and exhibitions are free but registration to any event that has an attendance cap is recommended.

Registration can be made by going to www.spark.net.nz

Lyon is very happy with the how the 2014 website has turned out.

“This website’s a lot sharper than last year’s one,” she said.