Driftwood and Sand Festival

24 January, 2024
Entry fees range from a gold coin to $10
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Annual Beach Art Competition - Participants are invited to expressed themselves by creating art using beach finds!

This annual festival is held in January at the Hokitika Beach. Budding artists work side by side with professional turning driftwood and other materials found on the beach into sculptural pieces for all to enjoy.

All you need is to bring some imagination!

About Driftwood and Sand:

Driftwood and Sand began as a community event in 2002. It was conceived by local artist, Donald Buglass, who saw the driftwood strewn beach as a creative opportunity, offering raw materials and inspiration for a community art celebration. Every year he is commissioned to build a large signature piece to inspire other artists.

Driftwood and Sand is a charitable trust and the sculpture event is run annually by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. The Trust aims to create benefits for the community and improve participation in the arts in the region.

As a beach sculpture event the Trust encourages participation by artists, novices and people of any age. It is also hoped that the unique beach venue will break down barriers and make art less intimidating by providing an opportunity for novices to make art alongside artists.

Driftwood & Sand has become a regular feature of the Te Tai Poutini arts calendar, providing a delightfully artistic edge to the stunning scenic backdrop that the Te Tai Poutini is famous for.

Event Details:

  • From Wednesday, 25th - Sunday, 28th January
  • Hokitika Beachfront
  • Our registrations and voting centre will be at Sunset Point near┬áthe Tambo Shipwreck Monument.
  • Gold coin donation to vote
  • Prizegiving - 2pm Sun 28┬áJan
  • More Info: https://www.driftwoodandsand.co.nz/

Cost to Enter:

  • Adult - $10
  • Junior (under 16) - $5
  • HokiZoo - gold coin
24 January, 2024
Entry fees range from a gold coin to $10
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