May 29 2018

As the temperature drops, revisit the height of summer with our wrap on the hugely successful Summer at Silo Park programme.

Two of the key players responsible for delivering a summer of fabulous festivities to the stunning Silo Park, share with us their highlights and hopes for the future of public spaces on the waterfront.

JOHN SUTTON - EVENT MANAGER, FRESH CONCEPT

1. What were you aiming to achieve with Summer at Silo Park 2107/2017 programme? 

We wanted to host a range of accessible events that had a wide appeal, and catered to the diversity of Auckland. Events such as Ice Cream Sundae, Silo Farm, and the World on the Streets really captured the attention of a wide variety of people. 

We also wanted to facilitate a Silo Park "takeover". This is where a group from the community runs an event, and we assist to make it happen. The Steel Band festival in February was a great example of this successfully working.

2. What was your biggest highlight of the season?

The introduction of the large red stretch tent was the biggest highlight for me. There were some seriously hot days down on the waterfront this season, and bringing this tent into the mix was a massive game changer for us.

Another highlight was having the opportunity to deliver a wide array of events, and seeing a bunch of happy people enjoying the space. Silo Park is a place of good vibes, and it's nice to see people relaxing and having a good time on the waterfront.

3. What was your favourite event from this season?

My favourite event was the whole weekend leading up to Christmas. Playing Love Actually on the Friday night, and then hosting a bunch of games and activities on Saturday and Sunday. At the end of the weekend we had a big Pinata smashing session which was fun to see all the kids letting off some steam. 

4. What did you learn from the season?

The biggest learning is that the weather is getting more inconsistent. The weather is much more changeable now which make outdoor events much more challenging to run. We also learned that people love ice cream, farm animals, and dogs!

5. What can we expect to see more of next season?

More dogs, ice cream, great movies, community groups, workshops, awesome music, delicious food, and more!

LEEHANE STOWERS - WATERFRONT PLACEMAKER, WYNYARD QUARTER

1. What were you aiming to achieve with Summer at Silo Park 2107/2017 programme?

This was my first year involved in Summer at Silo Park. My personal goal was to try to look at  Wynyard Quarter as a whole and extend collaborative opportunities for the local community and community groups from the wider Auckland. 

This was achieved by local businesses getting involved in the piñata making fundraiser for our Christmas Piñata Party and the number of community groups that held workshops, activations or participated in Silo Park weekends such as the Auckland Gospel Choir, The Carribeanz Southern Stars, Maori games, Rangoli and dream catcher workshops.

2. What was your biggest highlight of the season?

There are many and for different reasons! 

My biggest highlight was to be a part of it and to be amongst it – the vibes, the people and just watching people from all walks of life get along in a unique space to hang out, a place that offers opportunity to engage with people over food, music, movies, to learn something new, create something to take home and share with others – it’s the best feeling!

3. What did you learn from the season?

Keep increasing peoples experiences by using all locations in Silo Park to capacity and finding unique ways of doing so.

This year we programmed spaces within Silo Park that were under-utilized such as the gantry with the giant spider web activation ‘Bug Lab’ and the survey drop which encouraged people to go to the top of the gantry and throw a weighted colour bomb off the gantry to answer a survey question.  

Silo 7 held several open air photography, art exhibitions and pop drop installations. 

This was the first year of the Auckland Arts Festival which utilised all spaces within Silo park that enhanced the beautiful surrounding backdrop of some of Auckland’s icons – Harbour bridge, the Silo’s, Tank farm and the Sky Tower and provided opportunity for ticket holders and public to experience with food, open air bars, music and entertainment. 

We also introduced shade/rain shelter with our Schupepe tent onsite which really made a difference enabling people to stay and hang – this was a great asset for Silo Park.

4. What can we expect to see more of next season?

We are always learning and motivated to do things better, the introduction of the Community Container created learning experiences for attendees, but also the opportunity for local community and wider Auckland communities to share and make the space their own for a moment in time, I am really keen to see that back and more community involvement. 

More collaboration – we are excited to see the Auckland Arts Festival back in 2019!