Where: Lake Tekapo.
When: Friday 11 October 2013 to Sunday 13 October 2013.
Why: The Festival will celebrate the creation of the southern hemisphere’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, in the Mackenzie Basin and at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island.
The Festival will comprise a mix of scientific, educational and cultural events over three days, designed to attract school students, family groups and members of the public who are interested in learning more about the stars, the night sky, the problems of light pollution and the appreciation of the environment and outer space. The events will include stargazing, lectures, a concert, presenting winners of an essay and poetry competition, documentaries on the night sky, a photographic exhibition, and more. Some events will be free, while others will have a nominal charge (tickets will be on sale from July). Events can be purchased separately or Multi Event Passes are also available.
There are still many vacancies for event #8: Building your Galileoscope and Learning How to Use it. Not only do you get to take home an astronomical refracting telescope (valued at $70) you will be given expert instruction on how to assemble it and (weather permitting) how to use it, with guidance from staff at the University of Canterbury and Science Alive, Christchurch.
The main Festival venue will be the Tekapo Community Hall, Aorangi Crescent, Tekapo, as well as other venues in and around the village.
The festival is organized by the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve Board, in partnership with the University of Canterbury.
Visit this website www.starlightfestival.org.nz for further Starlight Festival news.