Annual Creekfest rolls out Sunday

Green spaces celebrated . . . Members of the Creekfest organising team (from left) Claire Cross, Marie Rutgers, Tess Trotter, Maria Jackson and Robert Moss gather at the gates of Chingford Park before Sunday's Creekfest community celebration. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Feel good sounds and “creeky fun” will be the order of the day for the fourth annual Creekfest community event.

Hosted by the Valley Project and organised by a team of community volunteers, the fourth annual Creekfest will be held this Sunday, November 17, from noon to 4pm, at Chingford Park, North East Valley.

Valley Project leader Tess Trotter said Creekfest aimed to give the local community the chance to come together and celebrate Lindsay Creek, which runs the length of the valley.

“It’s a free family fun and education day that acknowledges papatuanuku [land], awa [river], and our green spaces in the valley.

“We love our creek, look after it through the year and honour it at Creekfest,” Ms Trotter said.

The event, which will be MCed by Jeff Harford from Otago Access Radio, will include live music, face-painting, a kids zone, interactive education stalls, food trucks, and more.

Performers will include the Sacred Heart School kapa haka group Manawa Tapu, The Whirling Eddys, Katharticus, and Koputai People’s Party.

Amelia “Mischief” from Dunedin North Intermediate will also perform two original songs with her band.

Ms Trotter said environmental education was also an important aspect of Creekfest, and there would be stalls from a variety of organisations.

These included Creative Creeky Education, Dunedin City Council 3 Waters team, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Otago Regional Council, Keep Dunedin Beautiful, Enviroschools Otago, Otago Fish and Game Council, NEV Community Garden, and Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary.

Heritage NZ will provide information about heritage listed locations and will lead a short walking tour of interesting spots at Chingford Park.

“People will event get the chance to take a peek inside Chingford Park stables,” she said.

Ms Trotter said people were invited to bring seeds to swap, T-shirts to be printed for koha by Signal Hill Studios, and questions, rocks and fossils for geologist Dr Rock to identify.

Visitors were also invited to decorate a hat in a creek theme and join the hat parade, culminating in a picnic on the lawn.

The festivities will conclude with an extreme weather storm demonstration by Otago Museum science educator Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero.

With such a huge range of activities and organisations involved, Ms Trotter said Creekfest would be a great day for people from across Dunedin.

“We are definitely not limiting it to North East Valley people. Creekfest is something for everyone to enjoy,” she said. Entry is free, but koha would be appreciated.

Creekfest organisers are looking for volunteers to help on the day. Find Creekfest on Facebook.