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Countdown to RenewArt 2020

We are on countdown to RenewArt 2020 and in just under two weeks we will be witnessing something truly quite extraordinary and the RenewArts production team is pretty amped to say the least!

So what exactly is RenewArt 2020, in a nutshell it is a showcase of the creative talent amongst us. The project was conceived by Three Lakes Cultural Trust to celebrate the regeneration of the arts community in the wake of  COVID-19 to highlight the extraordinary work produced locally by embracing the theme of ‘renewal.’    

LWB Renewal Tile

The Trust raised more than $180,000 to stage the ‘renewal’-themed creative showcase – which will see more than 100 local residents receive funding for their creative works to be displayed or performed at the free community events on October 9-10 (Queenstown) and October 16-17 (Wānaka).

It is believed that nothing like this has taken place in our district for some time and with all good community events it takes an army of volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of such a showcase. An estimated 100 volunteers will be needed across the four days.  

The Trust last week launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Arts Council’s Boosted Platform to raise additional funding to help pay a Koha to the volunteers to say thank you for all their hard work. Through the Boosted campaign the Trust aims to raise $3000 but is really hoping that with the generosity of our community it could reach at least $5000. Boosted is an all-or-nothing arts crowdfunding platform dedicated to making art happen. 

Along with the 21 Visual artists, 91 performers, 6 stage staff,  5 art installers, 12 tech crew, 100 volunteers across 26 shifts, 2 Curators and 7 in the project team pulling it all together, RenewArt 2020 could not have happened without the generous support from key sponsors and supporters, Three Lakes Cultural Trust, Hugo Charitable Trust, Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust, Community Trust South, Creative NZ, Callis Trust and technical partners Tom Tom Productions. 

To donate to the Boosted campaign go to