Jazz in the Pines

by Norfolk Island Escapes

Lovers of jazz festivals definitely need to experience what jazz festivals are like at Norfolk Island. Well, the good news is that it is possible to enjoy the best of the best at Norfolk Island every year.

Every December, Norfolk Island’s Jazz in the Pines attracts great performers who appreciate kicking the season off in style. Since the island is located in the South Pacific, some of their concerts are held at the beach, while others are simply held at other al fresco locations. Either way, the atmosphere of the island is generally friendly and laidback anyway, so you can enjoy a private festival, wherein locals, tourists and performers alike all socialize and mingle while listening to groovy jazz music at the same time.

Jazz in the Pines keeps attracting more and more jazz fans from Australia and New Zealand by the year. Those who are looking for something different especially love the festival. Unlike other festivals out there, Norfolk Island music festivals tend to be much more personal since visitors won’t just be able to enjoy good music while they are there, but will also get the chance to mingle with the artists who perform at the festival itself. Plus, they will get to enjoy a great holiday at the South Pacific.

The visitors aren’t the only ones who fall in love with Norfolk Island, either. Through the years, the festival has also attracted various artists and thus convinced them to perform at the festival. In 2013, for example, Sussurro, Evelyn Duprai, Don Hopkins, Rick Robertson, Libby O’Donovan, George Washingmachine, Ingrid James and the Down South Jazz Quartet all performed at Jazz in the Pines.

Jazz in the Pines is indeed very lucky to have a lot of great people behind it every year, including volunteers and sponsors who continuously support the festival and work very hard behind the scenes to make the world-class event the success that it is as a whole.

Some of the Platinum Sponsors of Jazz in the Pines include the Norfolk Island Government Tourist Bureau, the South Pacific Resort Hotel, the Paradise Hotel and Resort, the Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel, and the Bounty Center.

Today, Jazz in the Pines is considered to be a very popular event in the world of jazz and a lot of jazz enthusiasts are very pleased by it. In fact, jazz enthusiasts consider the festival to be a must-see event, not just because of the music, but also because of the friendliness of the people, the uniqueness of the event and the ability to experience the said event at a gorgeous sub-tropical island. The sounds are always of top quality at the festival, too.

The artist lineup does change every year, though, and is always subject to change before the actual festival begins. Either way, combining traditional and contemporary jazz with a South pacific holiday is something that should not be missed, so make sure you book your tickets as early as possible to ensure that you get the best deals out there.

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World Bowls, Trans-Tasman Triples

by Norfolk Island Escapes

Norfolk Island happens to be a very popular place for lawn bowls. Unlike other clubs found in New Zealand and Australia, the greens at Norfolk Island are much more popular because they actually stay open all year. Since the climate at Norfolk Island tends to be pleasurable all year round, the islanders make the most of it by hosting various tournaments there – the World Bowls included.

Bowlers from New Zealand and Australia are all invited to visit Norfolk Island every November either as a men’s team or a women’s team to join a local team on the island, play against them or simply register for the bowling club. The Bowling Club of Norfolk Island is very friendly and well rehearsed in terms of running bowling tournaments with annual Pairs, Triples and Fours.

Every year, the unique Trans-Tasman Triples competition takes place on the greens of Norfolk Island, and a lot of people always look forward to it. This competition comes with at least five qualifying games over fifteen played ends. The semi-finals and the finals then continue later on during the week. After that, as with most other holidays, festivals, tournaments and competitions on the island; a presentation dinner is given in true Norfolk Island style.

New players can get tips and instructions from qualified professional coaches on Norfolk Island, as well, while more advanced players can take part in competitive Oceania Triples and Bounty Fours Tournaments as they see fit. All of these tournaments boast players from all over New Zealand, Australia and various other Pacific countries. This means that players can play alongside international players during the week. Of course, they can also socialize and enjoy their time on the island with them during their stay.

While it may be true that a lot of bowlers come to the island to take part in the annual tournament, a lot of people also come for a holiday at the same time. After all, Norfolk Island has something to offer everybody, no matter what his or her tastes and preferences might be like. History, nature and relaxation abound on Norfolk Island along with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They have fun tours, a lot of attractions and great places to shop in for every non-player, social bowler and competitive bowler to boot. All of these things can be enjoyed before, between or after people’s time playing on the greens.

History shows that the free settlers and the Military of Norfolk Island played Bowls during the second settlement. By the 1930s, Queen Victoria Park was established – the place that is known as the Bowling Club today. This park contained bowling greens, croquet lawns and tennis courts amongst other things and was known as the Victoria Park Bowling Club for quite a long time.

The name of the club was changed to the Norfolk Island Bowling Club after World War II. Norfolk Island also takes part in Lawn Bowls at Commonwealth Games, Asia Pacific Games, South Pacific Games and World Championships.

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Norfolk Island Tourism Awards

November

Every November, Norfolk Island gives out Tourism Awards in one annual tourism industry event. During this event, every tourism business on the island is taken into consideration for various category awards. Some of these categories are Environment, History and Heritage; Tours and Activities; Marketing and Promotion; Festival or Event; Food and Beverage – Casual Dining; […]

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Show Day

October

Every October since 1860, Norfolk Island has held an Annual Agricultural and Horticultural Society Show Day where huge vegetables and fruits, photographic displays, children’s artworks, island crafts and homemade food (which are later put up for sale) are showcased. Stalls, cat shows and dog and horse agility displays abound on this day, as well. John […]

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Wearable Art

October

Norfolk Island’s Wearable Art festival is one that should not be missed. This festival is organized by the Community Arts Society and aims to showcase both the immense talent of the island’s designers and the overall courage of its models to actually wear the unique outfits. While some of the outfits are pretty simple yet […]

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Hardys Pro-Am Golf Classic

August

Without a doubt, the highlight of golf year at Norfolk Island is their annual Hardys Pro-Am Golf Classic, which happens in August. This tournament involves an entire week of golf and functions where competitors can play with professionals, local competitors and international competitors. The tournament is divided into two sections for beginners and for professionals. […]

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Red Hatters

May

The Red Hatters of Norfolk Island refer to a funky and feisty group of women who are close to 50 years old, if not older. All of these women may have different experiences and backgrounds in life, but they all aim to grow older disgracefully as mentioned in the iconic poem by Jenny Joseph entitled […]

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Archery Open Field tournament

July

The Archery Open Field tournament is a very relaxed and friendly championship that has been around for more than a decade. A lot of archers and non-archers alike actually visit Norfolk Island in July just to be a part of these championships. The Archery Champs runs for fours days and mostly attracts entire families by […]

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Art in the Park

May

The Art in the Park exhibition held at Kingston, Norfolk Island, involves various artworks being placed inside the park between Slaughter Bay change sheds and Chimney Hill by the sea for a couple of weeks for people to enjoy in the month of May. This is an annual community event that continues to be very popular […]

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Norfolk Island Masters Squash tournament

July

Every July, the Squash Club of Norfolk Island invites players from New Zealand and Australia to meet on neutral ground for a friendly Masters Squash tournament, which lasts for four days. During this tournament, locals and adjoining clubs come together on two singles courts to battle it out on a challenging but social and ultimately […]

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