1/01/2019 11:00:00 a.m.
1 January 2019
Rotorua’s 2018 GLO Festival was a great night attended by thousands of all ages who enjoyed a whanau/family-friendly night at the lakefront.
“The atmosphere was really nice, people enjoyed the entertainment and the fireworks were fantastic,” says event organiser Alia Ryan, Boost Fundraising and Events Managing Director.
She estimated about 12,000 people were there for the entire night, including the family movie and concert with more people streaming in as the night progressed and about 15,000 there for the fireworks finale.
GLO Festival started at 4.30pm with music and food trucks keeping crowds happy until 6pm when the movie Coco started on the big screen. That was followed by a line-up of local artists who performed on stage before the 9.30pm fireworks spectacular that marked the end of the festivities.
“People had a great night and overall the feedback has been amazing and extremely positive and there were quite a lot of people who had come from out of town to attend GLO,” Ms Ryan says.
“A big thank-you to everyone who came along to enjoy the night and to everyone who made it such a great success. It’s an awesome event to be involved with and to put on for our community and it was really great to see some of our talented youth up on stage. The movie was also a big hit.”
People started arriving at the alcohol-free, smokefree event about 3.30pm to get a good spot and enjoy picnic dinners and the fine weather added to the relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
“The whole kaupapa of GLO Festival is to deliver a safe and family-friendly, free event for our community,” Ms Ryan says. “The crowds inside the GLO venue were well behaved, creating a great environment for families and we’re grateful for the excellent job our security staff and police did to keep everyone safe, ensure people were well behaved and deal quickly with any trouble spots although I’m unaware of any major issues.”
There were a couple of changes made to this year’s annual GLO Festival. A post-festival survey conducted after the 2017 event found the key reason most people attended GLO Festival was to enjoy family time together and was a factor in changing the format for the 2018 event.
In previous years there have been two fireworks displays, one at 9.30pm and another at midnight, posing safety risks related to a too short timeframe to deliver two major fireworks displays. Antisocial behaviour later in the night at the 2017 event also factored into the decision to change the format.
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