It all started with Carols by Candlelight in a private garden. Fast forward 20 years and the Katikati Twilight Concerts have become an institution in the town, attracting music lovers from far and wide.
The annual event is staffed entirely by volunteers and all funds raised poured back into the local arts community.
“We used to have four concerts in private gardens,” explains organising committee chair Jenni Wilson, “but when our kiwifruit got PSA, we had to move away from orchard car parking so we moved to the Haiku Reserve.
“We built a permanent stage there, which is now available to all of the community to use. It's a huge asset.”
The outdoor concerts are hugely popular and known for their family-friendly atmosphere and quality music acts. More than 2000 people attended the 2009 Buddy Holly Tribute concert.
The 2018, Katikati Twilight Concerts get underway on January 6 with The Lady Killers with Chet O'Connell, followed by Landslide: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac on January 27 and Miho's Jazz Orchestra and Brilleaux on February 10.
The Katikati Twilight Concerts are an institution in the town, attracting music lovers far and wide.
All events are held outdoors at the Haiku Reserve, with gates open at 5pm and the show starting at 6pm. Parking is free, picnics are encouraged and there is a coffee cart on site. If the weather is wet, the concerts will be held the following day.
Single tickets cost $25, season tickets (three concerts) are $60 and children aged 15 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Single entry tickets are available at the gate (cash only) and season tickets from the Katikati Information Centre.