Announcing the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival.
Where: The Hermitage, Mt Cook Village (with some events at neighbouring venues, including Mt Cook airport and Lake Pukaki).
When: Friday 13 October 2017 to Sunday 15 October 2017.
Why:The Festival will celebrate the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island.
The Festival will comprise a mix of scientific, educational and cultural events over three days, designed to attract school students, family groups and members of the public and astro-tourists and stargazers from overseas who are interested in learning more about the stars, the night sky, the problems of light pollution and the appreciation of the environment and outer space. The events will include stargazing, lectures, a concert, an essay and poetry competition, documentaries on the night sky, a photographic exhibition, and more. Some events will be free, while others will have a nominal charge (tickets will be on sale from mid- 2017).
The main Festival venue will be the Hermitage, Mt Cook village in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, including at the Hillary Alpine Centre and Planetarium. Some events may be at nearby venues at Mt Cook, at Lake Pukaki or at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo.
The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board, in partnership with the University of Canterbury.
Contact: John Hearnshaw,
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Canterbury
Visit this website for further Starlight Festival news as the Festival programme is developed.