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Auckland ‘cat’s whiskers’ after landing facial hair competition

New Zealand will host the World Beard and Moustache Championships in 2021

From handle-bar moustaches to ZZ-Top style wizard beards, Auckland will be a magnet for facial hair aficionados when it hosts the World Beard and Moustache Championships in 2021.

The biennial competition acts as a showcase for the most outrageous facial hair on the planet.

The Fellowship of the Beard NZ President, and regular competitor, Ygnacio Cervio worked with Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development – and Tourism New Zealand to secure the event for Auckland.

“The Fellowship of the Beard started as a one-man-dream and became a community that not only encourages and supports the growing, styling and grooming of facial hair but also helps charity organisations in NZ,” he says. “We know some competitors will be travelling a fair distance to compete, so want to make their stay unique. Our wish is for all of them to have a great time, meet old friends, make new ones and take home the best memories from our vibrant city.”

Organisers are planning to entertain the crowds with live music, a diverse range of local and international food, as well as delicious regional wines and crafted beers. There will be portrait photographers on site, and space for vendors to promote their products.

Head of ACB Anna Hayward said: “We look forward to welcoming the bearded community to our beautiful city in 2021. New Zealand has quite a lively beard and moustache culture and there are plenty of places around Auckland where hair will feel at home.”

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