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Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights cancelled for 2019

Festival farewelled

After 14 fabulous years of events and many fond memories it is with some sadness we announce that the Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights will be no more. 

Yes, we are pulling the plug and the Festival of Lights will not go ahead in 2019. 

Thank you to all the people who have supported this event, especially our major sponsors CCC and Lyttelton Port Company. With significant outside attendance increasing each year the event costs have escalated and the human resources required are significant. In light of this Project Lyttelton has made the difficult decision to refocus those resources more widely for greater community benefit.

Planning for a brand new midwinter series of community-based events is underway with a local feel and the development of a new "midwinter precinct”. There are loads of opportunities for local helpers and creatives to get involved in shaping the midwinter celebrations so they truly reflect our wonderful community.


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Reusable cups

Only Globelet reusable cups are being used at the street party for ALL drinks and soup. Globelets are New Zealand-made and are recyclable, reusable, BPA-free. You buy your globelet for $2 when you buy your first drink, then the Globelet is yours to use for the night (you can even rinse it at our rinse station!). At the end of the night you can take it home or return it for a refund.

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Glow Paint not Glow Sticks

Glowsticks are lots of fun, but not so great for our environment. The chemical generally used in them is Dibutyl phthalate, which can cause irritation or nausea.

The outer of glowsticks is made of plastic. The combination of Dibutyl phthalate and plastic is a nightmare! We think they would take 1000+ years to breakdown in landfill. If they don't make it to landfill (which they often don't) they're not something we want polluting our waterways.

So we have come up with something that has less of an impact on our environment: Resene have a paint called "Nightlight" ( Follow the safety instructions for this paint and combine it with the idea in this video ( to make glow-in-the-dark bracelets that your children will want to keep and bring out every night! You could also create glow in the dark wands using sticks if short of time. And there must be many other creative ways to play with this stuff!

Happy glowing!