Eclectic and Inspiring
Updated: Sep 29
It was a Sunday and I'd just got back from a week worth of conferencing in Australia. So I should have been knackered. The one thing I'm finding about taking on less performance work is that my match fitness is not quite what it was - a big week of conference MCing takes it out of me. But this Sunday Dr. Theatre kicked in because I was MCing one of the coolest events I've been to in a while - the 1st ever New Zealand iteration of the Maker Faire.
As you can see from the pictures the costume brief was "steampunk town crier" and you may recognise the jacket that features quite extensively in 2018.
I'd never really heard about the Maker movement before taking on this job but its something everyone who
to be creative should look into. The idea is to put people from all sorts of creative disciplines in one place and see what gets inspired. And for Maker faires you through the public into the mix, let them roam around and be inspired with lots of hands on activity.
So we had basket weavers next to stop-motion puppet makers, drone flyers sharing the stage with children's musicians, electronic recyclers and quilt-makers, robotics and wool-craft. It was pretty amazing. My job was to make sure people knew all the sorts of stuff going on. Because there were thousands of people over 3 locations on Queen's wharf and they were keen to get amongst all the hands on opportunities.
I left the day inspired, and not tired at all.
If you see Wellington Maker Faire 2019 get along to it - it's a great day.