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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Draft Festivals and Events Plan

Festivals and events are an important part of Dunedin life, bringing residents and visitors together to celebrate Dunedin helping to make this one of the world’s great small cities. ​The Dunedin City Council (DCC) is working with city stakeholders to develop a new Festivals and Events Plan for the city, which will replace the Festivals and Events Strategy 2009-2019 and cover events ranging from the NZ Masters Games, Mid-Winter Carnival to Puaka Matariki, Sunday Sounds, Graduands Parade and many more. This survey's results will help to inform the development of the draft Festivals and Events Plan, which will shape the city's festivals and events over the next few years.

Draft Festivals and Events Plan

Festivals and events are an important part of Dunedin life, bringing residents and visitors together to celebrate Dunedin helping to make this one of the world’s great small cities. ​The Dunedin City Council (DCC) is working with city stakeholders to develop a new Festivals and Events Plan for the city, which will replace the Festivals and Events Strategy 2009-2019 and cover events ranging from the NZ Masters Games, Mid-Winter Carnival to Puaka Matariki, Sunday Sounds, Graduands Parade and many more. This survey's results will help to inform the development of the draft Festivals and Events Plan, which will shape the city's festivals and events over the next few years.

Some of the key findings were:

  • A majority of the panellists felt the following aspects of festivals and events in Dunedin were either important or very important:
    • Diverse and exciting range of festivals and events (89%)
    • Festivals and events that contribute to social wellbeing and cultural diversity (87%)
    • Festivals and events that create economic benefit for the city (77%)
    • DCC support for festivals and events (82%)
  • 22 panellists (11%) thought better advertising of festivals and events was important for the future of festivals and events in Dunedin.
  • 14 panellists (7%) thought it was important for the future of festivals and events that there are inexpensive or free activities.
  • A further 14 panellists (7%) thought diversity and inclusiveness of all at events was important for the future of Dunedin’s festivals and events.
  • A majority of the panellists were either satisfied or very satisfied with the following aspects of festivals and events in Dunedin:
    • The diversity and range of festivals and events (66%)
    • DCC support for festivals and events (59%)
    • Overall satisfaction with festivals and events (64%)
  • Just under half of panellists (44%) were either satisfied or very satisfied that DCC support for festivals and events is provided in a fair and transparent manner, with 28% feeling neither satisfied nor dissatisfied by it.
  • Some suggestions included better access to event information and advertising to improve festivals and events, increased support for events, including access to grants, as a way to improve festivals and events, increasing support for events that benefit communities to improve festivals and events and holding more, newer, and interesting festivals and events.

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