Ready for a party



While Queenstown’s missed out on its annual WinterFest for the first time in 46 years, its organisers are throwing a party anyway.

The one-day party’s being held on Earnslaw Park on Saturday, coinciding with the Queenstown Arts and Crafts market.

It’ll culminate with a fireworks display, at 7pm, and a set from Auckland DJ duo Sweet Mix Kids.







Chris Scott, one half of the duo, says Queenstown is one of their favourite destinations to perform.

“So it’s really exciting to be back, it’s an awesome sort of inclusive event so we are expecting a range of different sorts of ages and faces in the crowd.

“We love playing those sorts of events where the crowds are full of a bunch of different types of people.

“It’s bizarre to think that a lot of the rest of the world doesn’t have the opportunity to get together and dance and share each other’s company, so it’s really wonderful that we do and we should be really pleased about that.”

Organiser Harald Ulriksen says while the event’s not a replacement for the canned WinterFest, which would have been his first as director, it’s been great for his team to cut their teeth on organising a small festival.

“We are hopeful that the weather will clear and we will have a nice patch of fair winter weather have lots of heating.

“People are really excited to enjoy the camaraderie and get a chance to celebrate being able to move about freely.”

We Are Winter runs from 10am till 8pm.