Fellowship of the Beard brings World Beard and Moustache Championships to Auckland
The biennial competition, which showcases some of the most outrageous, and highly styled facial hair on the planet, was secured for Auckland by a joint effort between Fellowship of the Beard NZ president Ygnacio Cervio, the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand.
Cervio is a seasoned competitor, and has just placed sixth in the world in the ‘full beard with styled moustache’ category at the championships held recently in Austin.
“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 said.
“We’ve wanted to host the world champs here for some time, and 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.”
The two-day competition will include the 16 traditional categories of judgement in The World Beard and Moustache Championships, plus a ‘Whiskerina’ category for women to enter, and ‘Crowd Favourite’, where attendees will choose the winner.
Head of ACB Anna Hayward says the bid is a great example of how Auckland’s vibrancy and appeal as a destination “is making us stand out from other cities to secure exciting and interesting international events like this one”.
“New Zealand has quite a lively beard and moustache culture and there are plenty of places around Auckland where hair enthusiasts taking part in the competition will feel at home when they visit,” she said.
For a taste of what’s to come in 2021, The Fellowship of the Beard NZ is hosting this year’s national competition on October 27 at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland from 7pm.
It’s a charitable event with this year’s profits going to Lifeline Aotearoa and The Barter Barber.