Tui Festival Information
WHAT TO BRING TO TUI
WARM BEDDING AND WARM CLOTHING - WINTER DUVETS & JACKETS, GLOVES & WOOLY HATS. TUI NEW YEAR CAN SOMETIMES GET TO FREEZING LEVELS
- Instruments & singing voices
- Tent & cooking equipment
- Food & drink - we only have dairy products and baked goods available on site
- Ice packs for the freezers
- Sunshade - Mostly the sun shines during the day and it is fierce. Bring some sort of sunshade with your tent
- Bikes for the kids
- Togs & towels - we have great swimming holes
- Hot water bottle - yummy to put inside your jacket at night when out jamming
- Insect repellent - Most times we have sandflies and sometimes we have bumble bees
- Sunscreen - don't fry at Tui!
- General first aid stuff for you and the kids - we're a long way from a doctor or hospital
- Money for the coffee cart. They also sell Wangapeka cheese & milk, Petes Natural drinks and baked goods
We generally have a great programme for the kids, which will run throughout the festival.
Last year we had some great workshops - laughter, yoga, song writing, guitar etc. I'm sure we'll have some equally good ones this year - they're always different.
Choir Mistress Extraordinaire, Anna Heinz is poised, once again, to teach the choir two wonderful new songs which will be performed in the final concert. Everyone is encouraged to take part, even those who don’t consider themselves singers. Just come along and have a wonderful time singing your heart out.
Don’t miss this session, which is hosted by Roger Lusby, himself an outstanding and mesmerising storyteller and poet. This session has become one of the highlights of the Tui Festival.
BLIND DATE CONCERT
The Blind Date is where you put your name down on a whiteboard at the marquee and we randomly draw people to make up groups or bands who will play together. Each band will practice a song/tune/item and then perform it on Saturday at the Blind Date Concert. It’s a huge amount of fun. Write your name down on the whiteboard at the marquee entrance by 11am on set day and come back at 12 noon to see who you’re playing with.
Tui Spot performers are people who have been heard performing/playing around the festival over the four days and are invited to do a “Tui Spot”.
ROSES CHOICE CONCERT
The final concert for the festival is always Carol & Steve’s choice of performers. It might include someone they heard somewhere in the festival and would like to hear more of or it might just be someone that they haven’t heard at all and have managed to entice up on the stage.
Once again, we will provide a some great musicians and a caller for the ceilidh. For those who don’t know what this is, it is celtic “called” dancing - the Celtic version of barn-dancing or bush-dancing. Buckets of fun and another great way to throw off the stresses of 2016.
UNDER 16’S BLACKBOARD
This blackboard is open to everyone 16 years of age and under.
Blackboard concerts are where you write your name on the board and when your spot comes up, you will be able to perform two (2) songs. Your time limit is 6 minutes, which will include the introduction to your song so if you have a song that needs a long introduction, best make it one song only. If there are still names on the board when the session ends at the programmed time, those people will start the next blackboard session the next day.
OTHER EQUALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Please don’t block the toilets in, as the truck will be coming on twice throughout the festival to empty and service them.
Dogs must be kept in the dog enclosure at all times and are not allowed in the festival or camping areas. Please take doggie out to the road for walking and clean up your “dooo’s” in the enclosure.
We don't have rubbish bins at Tui as we have no way of disposing of it so we ask you to take yours away with you. If you are from "away" (i.e. not from Nelson area) you can purchase one of the yellow or the white TDC rubbish bags from us (or bring your own) and leave it for us to take to the drop off point. Leave your bag by the “red door long drop loo” on your way out. Otherwise, please take your rubbish with you.
Likewise with recycling. Our closest recycle centre is in Nelson which is 85kms away so please take your recycling home with you.
You can put your food scraps in the containers at the kitchen area or at each of the portaloo’s on the lower level. These are emptied twice daily and a neighbour picks the scraps up for his chooks and pigs.
AFTER CONCERTS & WORKSHOPS:
As you leave the kitchen area, the marquee and other venues (jams at night etc) please take your beer and wine bottles with you. Don’t leave these for someone else to pick up and dispose of.
There are three freezers under the verandah at the green barn. Follow the orange road cones.
If you take water out of the kettles on the stove, please fill them up again for others. Also, check to see if the fire needs wood. This fire makes the hot water for the shower so we all have to keep it going.
SHOWER – 5 MINUTES ONLY PLEASE
The shower is really popular so please keep showers to a maximum of 5 minutes and supervise your kids.
If you cross a river or creek or the road then you have gone off the Tui Farm property. Please be sure that you don’t trespass on a neighbour’s property.
You can camp anywhere that has been mowed. Please don’t camp anywhere that hasn’t been mowed.
You can camp in front of but not down the side of or round the back of the green barn as the crew will be accessing this barn throughout the festival.
Families must have a child under 10 to camp in this paddock.
The lower level is a “noise zone” and families are advised not to camp too close to the jamming venues, which will be going until the very wee hours of the morning. If you are heading to the showers early in the morning, please try to do so quietly as those people who have jammed late and have provided the evenings entertainment are probably sleeping late.