TECT Funding Keeps Well-loved Festival Running

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Garden and Art Festival 2020.

Just a
few weeks ago, the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival
took over our region, with festival- goers exploring 80
marvellous gardens – from inner-city sanctuaries to
tropical retreats.

Spanning from Katikati to Te Puke,
there was also plenty of art to admire, with more than 100
local and national artists displaying their work.

Bloom in the Bay festival hub also hosted workshops,
creative demonstrations, live music, and art exhibitions for
the community to enjoy.

As the festival runs every two
years, organisers ensured the community could get a taste of
the event and stay connected year-round, with a live talk
show, Emerging Artist Competition, a garden mentoring scheme
and more, held since July last year.

With over 20,000
people attending the weekend and events leading up to it,
the Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival is clearly
well-loved. But it takes a lot of work, and funding, to run
such a large-scale event.

The festival is organised by
the NZ Garden & Art Festival Trust – a charity formed
in 2001 by a group who were passionate about gardens, art
and promoting the beautiful Bay of Plenty in a philanthropic

With a mission to inspire a passion for gardening
and art, Festival Director Marc Anderson says that was
achieved this year.

“We had 80 gardens
and art stops compared to 70 last year, with more gardens in
different areas and in clusters. We also added things like
sustainable gardens which were a little bit different, but
they have a good story that is important to

“We had over 40 new garden and
art stops which most certainly inspired people. It’s nice
to see gardens you saw two years ago because they all
develop and change, but the new gardens provided lots of
fresh and interesting ideas as well, which we know pleased
our garden visitors.”

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Marc says while the event
provides a wonderful four days out for people to be inspired
by the gardening and artistic talent of our region, it also
provides some significant community benefits.

are so many positives that come out of the event. It brings
our community together where we can all learn more about the
benefits of caring for our environment, it provides a
platform for emerging artists to develop their skills, and
it encourages our community to be aware of the many elements
of gardening and art that can have amazing effects on our

“Because of the scale of the festival
and the amount of people involved, it also generates
significant revenue and stimulates the local economy. This
year, it looks like we had around 30% of people visiting the
event from outside the region.

“The festival was
responsible for putting a lot of money back into our
community with so many spending locally, which is incredible
– particularly after a year of uncertainty with

Marc says the festival, which has been
running since 2001, would not have been possible without
TECT’s support over the years.

“TECT has supported
the festival with $450,000 in funding since 2002, with
$100,000 of that approved for this year’s event. We simply
could not run the event without their support. TECT being on
board is so valuable, not just because of the money which is
huge, but because of the secured funding, we know we can
programme the event effectively and be assured that what we
say we would like to deliver, we can deliver. Also, The TECT
team has really good advice which we are so happy to

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“It’s really important for us to grow,
and to get that $100k from TECT, it gave us confidence to
say we have a really good chance of making this thing even
better. We definitely did that this year.”

hours are put into planning and organising the festival,
with event planning for 2022 starting in February next

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