≡ The Extraordinary Parachute Music Festival Of New Zealand
New Zealand’s Parachute Music Festival is definitely an extraordinary event which has captured the hearts and inspired the souls of Christian music lovers from around the world for almost 20 years. This 4-day annual event attracting artists and inspirational speakers from every corner of the globe is held in late January under the auspices of Parachute Music. Since the first festival estimated to have 25,000 visitors, this fantastically-indescribable happening has continued to grow as proven by statistics showing a record crowd of 27 attendees in 2007.
Festival activities include tent and caravan gatherings affording opportunities to fellowship with people from around the world. Although the music is of the Christian genre, the festival attracts many non-Christians as well. Guests are guaranteed an alcohol-free, no-drugs atmosphere absolutely no unmarried couples occupying tents on the grounds.
Originally known as EL Rancho Christian Holiday Camp in 1992, the festival was relocated to Hamilton’s Mystery Creek Events Centre in 2004. In addition to grandstand performances, activities include seminars/workshops conduced by local and international artists, a special area ‘The Hanger’ catering to children and teens . One highlight attracting visitors of all ages is the Parachute’s Got Talent contest.
In 1995, the grandstand headliner was ‘dc talk’ hailing from Lynchburg, Virginia,USA . A world-renowned group, ‘Jars of Clay’ from Nashville delighted the crowd with rock, Christian-country and R&B renditions in 1998.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Parachute Music Festival in 2012, slated to appear are headline acts including Parachute Band and Aaron Gillespie. Inspirational speakers will be Baptist minister and World Vision Australia CEO, Tim Costello and Darlene Zschech. This much-anticipated guest hailing from Brisbane, Australia is a world-renowned Penticostal speaker/ songwriter associated with Mercy Ministries and composer of ‘Shout To The Lord’, an inspirational song heard and sung around the world.