A brief history
In 2015 Teri Walker approached the Taupo Ministers Group to see if we would support creating Easterfest in our place and context. Many of us had heard of a similar Australian festival by the same name and we were keen to explore what this could mean.
The Church had their our own Easter programmes, in their own spaces and places. Easterfest enabled the Church to do what they already did plus, because of the scale of working together, do something even larger as well.
So in 2016 the very first incarnation of the festival many have grown to love was launched. The programme began small as it took its first steps working together and wanting to do something truly special and unique here in Taupo.
To their amazement things really took off. TVNZ came and did a story on Easterfest during our Good Friday Service, which gave us some incredible national exposure.
That really set the scene and it has been an amazing journey ever since.
Before the Covid-19 interrupted Festivals, Easterfest saw on average 11,000 attendees at events across the festival weekend!
This years Festival is once again a Pop-Up Style due to the restrictions we have faced from the Covid19 Pandemic.
We are still excited to bring it to you!
And we have great plans for 2023 and beyond…
"The country's first ever Easter festival is underway in Taupō over the weekend, and there are hopes it could go national"
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Sarah Wells | ONE NEWS
One of Taupō’s biggest family events celebrated every year, Easterfest is a weekend of celebrations hosted by the Churches of Taupō, giving our community a meaningful way to celebrate Easter.
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Deepika Sulekh | HENRY