BEEutiful Workshops




The Big Buzz Festival is absolutely thrilled to announce that during our Honey & Bee Festival,  a world famous chef will delight us all with ‘Cooking with Honey & Tasting Sessions“.

Now Matakana based, chef Cory Campbell's distinguished culinary career speaks volumes, having worked in some of the world's top restaurants including Copenhagen's two Michelin Star restaurant Noma, Shannon Bennett's flagship restaurant Vue De Monde and most recently, Matt Moran's newest Sydney waterfront landmark Barangaroo House. These are just a sprinkling of the food meccas he has transformed with his culinary flair, so bee prepared folks to have your taste buds challenged.  

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Through her work as textile artist and eco dyer, Karen Williamson of Nuku, finds a spiritual connection to the land and its changing seasons. Using botanical resources foraged respectfully from the local Kaipara landscape, Karen infuses prints of leaves, petals, seeds and bark into natural fibres to create her unique range of garments. “Papatūānuku inspires me. She is my art director. Every plant has potential to make colour or prints so I’m constantly looking around my immediate environment for inspiration. My whole enterprise is about treading lightly on the planet – dyeing with purpose”. During her presentation about her work in natural dyeing, Karen invites you to join her in creating a collaborative piece as she demonstrates the process of infusing colour into fibre using flowers.




Come along and join this crafty workshop in which everyone can learn how to make the perfect hand made gift. Our experienced tutor Colleen Kangwai, a Chinese brush painting and Calligraphy artist, will teach you how to make paper cards, Chinese  brush painting and handmade books and journals using recycled materials. These gorgeous handmade books and journals are a great recycling craft that encourages children and adults alike to use up leftover paper, old calendars, artwork, scrap wrappings, wallpaper and loads of other simple materials . If you have ever wanted an original visitors’ book, a super pretty wedding book, a children’s art booklet or a poet’s journal to leave on the bus for a stranger this is the perfect workshop for you .

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Marianda Twydell is a local artist whose medium includes drawing, felting, glass art and mixed media. Marianda loves community art projects and is ever mindful and reverent of the use of natural or repurposed materials in her art. Come along to this workshop and create a collaborative installation that will be representative of NZ Pollinators and their  unique environment.