TOI - Create, Learn, Share, Wanaka 17 - 18 October

14 October 2020

A collective group of artistically minded individuals, businesses, and community groups have come together with the goal of championing Wanaka’s creative sector, with a weekend full of events October 17 – 18, 2020.

Toi will be a celebration of creativity, design and excellence for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Toi will feature two days of workshops, exhibitions, and performance. It will immediately follow the 3 Lakes Cultural Trust’s inaugural Renewart event and will be just before the WAO Reset Summit, rounding out what will be a month long celebration of ideas and creativity for Wanaka.

“Wānaka has a thriving design scene and is fast building a reputation as a hub for creative thought,” says Ignite Wanaka Executive Officer, Naomi Lindsay.

“This initiative will further strengthen this growing reputation and shine a light on the incredible talent and businesses we have within the community. Creativity and design-led thinking has also been proven to aid with recovery after crisis.”

“Great design not only solves problems, but also creates new opportunities. But most importantly, design can reveal plausible futures for us to choose; something we need more than ever” says Monique Kelly from Revology, one of the many businesses involved in Toi.

“The Māori word 'toi' often translates as knowledge, skill, excellence, source, origin, or mastery. The collective engaged local designer, Britt Davies from Studio Acht to create the brand identity and the result truly conveys the essence of the event” says Nicola King, Marketing Executive for Lake Wanaka Tourism.

It’s going to be a fabulous weekend! With an incredible cross-section of artists and designers, from photographers, interior, graphic, jewellery, through to fashion, taking part in this inaugural event. Come along, hear their stories, check out their stores, or get involved with one of the many workshops being held.

Find the event guide at participating stores, or online at
or see schedule inside The Messenger.