Festival Jack’s bright idea


The brains behind a new light festival in Alexandra is Jack Farrell, of Earnscleugh.

Jack came up with the idea after visiting the Luma festival in Queenstown.

“I went to the Luma festival in Queenstown, and I thought it was cool and so I asked mum if we could do that at the packing shed.”

His parents, Barry and Rebecca Farrell, who operate the Packing Shed Gallery and Cafe and the Courthouse Cafe in Alexandra, supported his idea, and encouraged him to use his imagination to transform the buildings and grounds of the packing shed.

“We have fairy lights in all the trees, and some UV lights, and also we’ve got UV facepaint,” Jack said.

“We thought it would be a cool idea for families over the holidays.”

Jack had an interest in electronics and with the help of local electrician Blake Luff, he carefully worked on the lighting for the festival to make sure it looked good for UV makeup.

Jack was keen to set up more festivals, and had enjoyed the process of positioning lights, smoke machines, snow machines and bubble machines.

Visitors would be entertained by musicians including singer-songwriter Janie Shaw, of St Bathans, Gilly Darbey, of Moa Creek, and Neil Chilton, of Gibbston.

Street food including burgers, Thai curries and American hotdogs would be available.

“We have giant outdoor games, with a giant Jenga and a giant Connect 4,” he said.

A children’s art competition would be displayed in the restaurant and art gallery, and pupils from the Terrace School had created a chandelier from recycled items.

Jack had collected a range of images and videos, including “funny cat videos”, that would be projected on to the mud brick cottage, he said. The pond would be lit up with multicoloured glow balls, plus a suspended display above the pond.

People were encouraged to dress warmly and to choose items that sparkled or would glow in the UV lighting.

Jack hoped people would “have fun” during the festival, which he hopes will become an annual event.


Glow @ The Packing Shed

Thursday, July 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14, 6pm-9pm

The Packing Shed is located at 68 Boulton Rd, Earnscleugh, Alexandra

Tickets $5 adults, $2 children and gold card.

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