News from Wellington City Council
The annual Gardens Magic music series at the Botanic Garden will return to its traditional early-January start this month, after organisers experimented with later dates last summer.
“Having learnt last summer that you can’t predict Wellington’s weather we’ve decided to shift ASB Gardens Magic back to 8 January. We’re also pleased to have ASB Bank back supporting this ever-popular event.” said the council’s events portfolio leader Cr Morrison.
Other summer highlights include an events-packed Wellington Anniversary weekend with the Positively Pasifika Festival, Out in the Square (gay and lesbian fair), The Great Scavenger Hunt and Extravaganza, and Birdman Wellington happening over the three-day weekend.
Films lined up for this year’s Films By Starlight include a Waitangi Day screening of Taika Waititi’s kiwi classic, Boy (M), in Waitangi Park.
“Waitangi Day is going to be a real cracker,” says Cr Morrison. “It’ll be bigger and better than before, with more activities, variety and kai.” Award-winning singer Ladi6 will help Wellingtonians celebrate our national day with a free concert on the waterfront, supported by kapa haka groups and other local performers.
Other highlights include Chinese New Year festivities, the biennial Southeast Asian Night Market, circus shenanigans, the Hertz Sevens, Vans BOWL-A-RAMA skateboarding and much more.
Summer City 2013 is proudly presented by Wellington City Council and the New Zealand Community Trust.
Brochures are available from Council facilities such as libraries and pools, the railway station and Council reception on Wakefield Street. You can also check Summer City’s Facebook page facebook.com/SummerCityWellington for up-to-date information – or download the new Summer City app. Key event dates:
ASB Gardens Magic Begins Tuesday 8 January
Films by Starlight – in the Dell, Botanic Gardens
Wednesday 30 January – Best in Show (PG13)
Wednesday 6 February – Boy (M) Wednesday 13 February – Dirty Dancing (M)
Wednesday 20 February – Searching for Sugar Man (PG13)
Wellington Anniversary Weekend Saturday 19 January – Pasifika Festival – Waitangi Park 11am-6pm
Saturday 19 January – Out in the Square – Civic Square 11am-5pm Sunday 20 January – The Great Scavenger Hunt and Extravaganza – Capital E and waterfront 10am-4pm Monday 21 January – Birdman Wellington – waterfront 10am-5pm
Hertz Sevens Thursday 31 January – Sevens Parade – Lambton Quay to Civic Square, 12.45pm departure Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February – Hertz Sevens – Westpac Stadium
Chinese New Year Festival Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February – TSB Arena and Frank Kitts Park (plus Parade Courtenay Place to Waterfront)