Mrs Byrne’s Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words; defines Splore as ‘Merry making festivities, carousing and frolicking or a good going session.’
Situated in a beguiling bay on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, the three-day Splore festival introduces fresh energy and a new dimension to the ancient homeland of the tangata whenua Ngāti Whanaunga and Ngāti Pāoa.
The pristine environment is a platform to educate and inspire our Splore community through the festival kaupapa (ethos, values and beliefs) of contributing to the well-being of our planet by creating transformational experiences.
Splore is equal parts liberation and libation; idealism and interactivity; creative showcase and community springboard.
A Splore state of mind sets no boundaries, sees only possibilities and is at one with nature.
Anything goes; Pohutukawa trees are shrines wrapped in multicoloured strands of wool, cinemas are powered by bicycles, a tin hut becomes a steam-punk time machine. While name-acts may rock the main stage massive, across the beach burlesque nymphs dangle from trapeze in a marquee full of midnight revelers dressed liked castaways on the island of love.
The Splore community is as much a part of the show as the performers are key to the scene.
Simply put Splore is a boutique music and arts festival like no other.