Mar 08 2018

Silo Park chosen as Arts Festival destination

Silo Park has been chosen to host the Festival Playground as part of Auckland Arts Festival, which kicks off in March next year. The decision heralds a fresh chapter in the 15-year history of the event, which traditionally orbits Aotea Square among other central city locations.

Jonathan Bielski, who has taken over the job of artistic director of the event from Carla van Zon, explains why Silo Park was the obvious choice to host the Festival Playground, where a sensational mix of family-fun, arts, music and entertainment awaits festival-goers.

“In 2018 Auckland Arts Festival heads to Silo Park to debut the Festival Playground, a new precinct for Aucklander’s.  Just as the name suggests, this is an urban playground where joy, entertainment and fun collide and everyone is welcome.

Silo Park was the obvious choice for Auckland Arts Festival.  The people of our city come out to play on their waterfront, it is the beating heart of Auckland and the dress circle to our stunning Waitemata and the new Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge.

 I wanted to create the Festival Playground to broaden the appeal of the festival and to embrace music in a dynamic new way.  It is a deliberately bold statement, responding to an expansive time in Auckland.

By designing an integrated and enticing experience, we are aiming to break new ground with an immersive environment that includes the famous House of Mirrors, a sensational line-up of diverse music acts and cool nooks to chill, all built around a food and drink hub.

I am thrilled that artist Angus Muir has accepted our invitation to design the Festival Playground, bringing to life an entirely new concept for Auckland. It is very exciting and I just know people will love it. I want locals and visitors to our city to hang out, take in a gig, get lost in the mirrors or just chill with a cool drink and bite to eat by the water this festival.