Family-friendly fun at GLO 2018


30/12/2018 12:00:00 p.m.

30 December 2018

If you're looking for a relaxed, family-friendly way to celebrate the end of another year then look no further than Rotorua's Glo Festival.

Aimed at providing a safe, free event that is suitable for families, Glo is a mix of music and entertainment followed by a fireworks display.

The chilled out family atmosphere is a key factor that brings people back year after year.

Glo Festival organiser and managing director of Rotorua's Boost Fundraising & Events Limited Alia Ryan says that, other than the fireworks display which is 15 minutes long, one of the most exciting parts of this year's festival is seeing the locals performing on stage.

"We have some amazing talent here in Rotorua and it's great that we can see some of our young people up on stage.

"Community events like Glo bring everyone together. This will be somewhere safe for families to enjoy an evening of free entertainment as a way of celebrating another year together."

A firm annual favourite on the Rotorua event calendar, GLO Festival starts at 4.30pm on 31 December with the multi award-winning animated Disney feature Coco – voted by the Rotorua public as their movie choice for the night. That will be followed by a fantastic line up of local entertainment including music students from Toi Ohomai, 2018 Miss Rotorua contestants, a kids’ disco, DJ Pete Makiha and music from Remaster and the Geyser Chiefs. The evening will finish with a spectacular 15-minute fireworks display at 9.30pm on the lakefront.

GLO festivalA range of food will also be available from mobile food vendors and of course, Mahons Amusements are right next door to keep you entertained right through the evening.

The organisers are now in the final days of preparation and the weather forecast is looking like it's going to be a lovely evening to be outside.

"Our priority for the Glo Festival is to deliver a safe, family-friendly, free event for our community and everything we’ve organised is focussed on that. We keep the festival smoke-free and alcohol-free. People are also asked to not bring gazebos or tents so that everyone has a great view of the movie and stage," says Ms Ryan.

Glo Festival schedule:

  • 4.30pm: Music and food trucks
  • 6pm: Coco – movie on big screen
  • 8pm: Live music continues
  • 9.30pm: Fireworks spectacular
  • 9.45pm: Evening concludes

The Rotorua Mega Fun Carnival will also be open at the Village Green during the event.

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Page reviewed: 30 Dec 2018 12:00pm