St Bathans

Rhythm and Gold Festival

St Bathans, Central Otago

9th-10th January 2021

A Two-Day Multi Arts Festival

Family Activities, Craft Stalls, Art Demonstrations and Workshops

Set in St Bathans, Central Otago, against the backdrop of the stunning Blue Lake – with Summer weather, local community, music, food and drink, this two day event is an epic way to celebrate our heritage in the goodness of summer right in the depth of the warmer months.

Family fun is a priority.

Have fun on the waterslide, face painting, giant games, crafts and more in the dedicated kid zone.

Immerse yourself in the arts, join in on a guided tour and learn the fascinating history of stonemasonry with our own resident heritage stonemason.

Watch live demonstrations from NZ renowned artist Pauline Bellamy. Have a go at Mosaicing or you can even book a class at rug rag making!

If you ever wanted to learn how to find that elusive gold nugget, watch live gold panning demonstrations from World Gold Panning Champions!!

Consider planning your travels to one of New Zealand's hidden gems. Bring your bike, we are located right off the Central Otago Rail Trail.

Day 1

On Saturday there is an array of artist demonstrations in a wide range of experiences to enjoy.

Sign up for workshops or come and view exciting live artist demonstrations in multiple locations in the historic village of St Bathans.

Demonstrations covering printing techniques, stonemasonry, mosaic and rug rag making .

(Space are Limited- Bookings Essential)

Gold Panning Demonstrations

Live Entertainment By:

Dj Benthamism- ROAR

Saelyn Guyton

Richie Waters

Billy Jack

Janie and Tim Shaw

Day 2

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Fete

Join us for the Annual St Bathans Village Fete

Organised by the Cambrian- St Bathans Rural Women.

Enjoy a day out with over 50 stalls, food and entertainment

Children's Entertainment

Art Exhibitions


Dedicated curators have put together an arts programme, which encompasses performances, happenings and audio visual installations. Immerse yourself in the arts.

Across the entire Village there are wonders that will surprise and delight.


Featuring an array of extraordinary talents, Rhythm and Gold is guaranteed to surprise and delight with shows, workshops, happenings, to view, experience and participate.


Sweet, sweet music. The Rhythm and Gold team has selected local and NZ musicians from across Aotearoa. Always eclectic, always special.

The Rhythm & Gold festival, as its name suggests, attracts musicians that defy categorisation. Bands play funk, dark & dreamy rock, folk/pop, blues and all of the above, or any mixture you can imagine.

We have booked an appealing mix of talented, but little known, musicians and longtime festival favourites.

Live Entertainment will be provided throughout the day from 1.30 pm, The RHYTHM TIPI is the focal point of the festival, located in the picturesque Beer Garden of the Vulcan Hotel.

Bands perform here to showcase the massive variety of local music in a concert-style setting.

Saturday Night

Every moment at Rhythm and Gold is special, but Saturday night is when we really step it up. Prepare to be entertained with music from one of NZ's top emerging artists, DJ Benthamism, this audio visual set is guaranteed to delight!!

R18 Event - $30 +BF

DJ Benthamism

The goal of the event is to

Bring the history of St Bathans alive and to connect to its people, its heritage, its art and its culture.

Meet our Team of Creators


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St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Ben Cunningham-Pow

DJ Benthamism

We are privileged to have one of NZ's premium entertainers specialising in Funky Beats, Bass & Good Music, with it you will experience an audio visual display like no other!

Saelyn Guyton

Dive in and enjoy live music by New Zealand artist Saelyn Guyton.

Whether she is singing the blues or rapping rhymes, Saelyn's voice effortlessly flows from soulful to edgy. she is a confident performer in many genre, from blues to reggae, soul to jazz. She has won numerous awards including the Queenstown Jazz Festival Emerging Talent title.

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Tim and Janie Shaw

Tim and Janie Shaw

Local Siblings Janie and Tim Shaw have grown up surrounded by this spectacular destination, they perform and make music together, a slightly edgy brand of folk/pop

Richie Waters

Hailing from the Deep South of New Zealand, Richie is the lead vocalist for the band Justin Funk Monkey. They have had a number of success's including the Southland Band of the Year title in 2006.

Support our Artists by clicking on their links below:



Saelyn Guyton

Janie and Tim Shaw

Tim and Janie Shaw.mp4

Ritchie Waters

J Funk.mp4

Workshops and Demonstrations

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Pauline Bellamy

Pauline Bellamy

Pauline is a committed artist with over fifty years of experience. Her confident, prolific practice has seen her work shown around New Zealand and is held in numerous international collections.

Come watch Pauline at work while she demonstrated the art of printmaking in her St Bathans Gallery

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold- Keith Hinds

Keith Hinds

Keith Hinds, a sought after Central Otago heritage stonemason.

Join Keith on a tour around the heritage stone work of St Bathans.

Keith will introduce you to the techniques of stone wall construction, lime pointing and mud pointing.

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold- Alison Fitzgerald

Alison Fitzgerald

Are you interested in giving mosaic art a try but just don't know where to start? Or do you already know the basics and want to up-skill and learn new techniques?

Our tutor Alison will guide you through the basics of mosaics

This is suitable for beginners, you are welcome to bring along any supplies you may wish to use.

Helen Brook

Helen will host a workshop where you will learn the simple and satisfying technique of turning old woollen garments and fabrics into a beautiful and useful future heirloom.

Step back in time and discover this heritage craft that developed out of necessity when fabric was a very precious commodity.

Helen is exhibiting her work at the Central Stories Museum Alexandra, from 7th Dec-8th Jan

Click here to view the exhibition

More Information including prices can be found by clicking here:

Bookings essential, please click the contact us button below to book


St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Stu Ide

Gold Panning Demonstration

New Zealand and World gold-panning champions Stu Ide and Otago Goldfield's Heritage Trust, Terry Davis will demonstrate their skill and showcase their gold panning skills and how to find that elusive gold nugget.

St Bathans Central Otago

St Bathans

Central Otago

Lose track of time in a quaint historic town that's barely changed since the gold rush days

St Bathans is an historical gold mining town located at the foot of the Hawkdun and Dunstan Ranges in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Established in 1863, St Bathans owes its origins to the mining era.

Visit the beautiful man made Blue Lake and discover the mining history of St Bathans.

St Bathans Rhythm and Gold Blue Lake

Travel Time

1 1/2 hours from Queenstown

2 hours from Dunedin

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