Audiences total over 40,000 for Gardens Magic at the Soundshell

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The Gardens Magic concerts attracted more than 40,000 people to the Soundshell in the Botanic Garden in the last three weeks, in spite of changeable weather.

Gardens Magic is the annual programme of free performances which is at the heart of the city council’s Summer City festival.

“Wellingtonians love music and art and dance, and we especially love a shared experience. We understand that if you are lucky enough to live in a creative place, then you have to support your artists,” says Councillor Paul Eagle. “Gardens Magic is the perfect opportunity to enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces at the same time as seeing new and established performers in action.”

Bookended by local legends the Warratahs and the critically-acclaimed Orchestra Wellington, the line-up of performers included everything from Maori showbands, indie-pop duos and country crooners to Afro-Cuban jazz, New Orleans swing and Beatles covers.

The Soundshell was even more enchanting than usual, with a lighting installation illuminating the gardens in stunning jewel-like colours. Designed by AV specialist Ian Hammond who worked closely with the expert team at MJF Lighting, UV flowers and moon-like globes hung from trees, and the duck pond waterfall turned to molten gold.

The season included two daytime events for children; the Teddy Bears’ Tea Party and the Big Top, supported by Tip Top Popsicle. With crowds at capacity even on a postponement date, these new events are set to become permanent fixtures on the Gardens Magic schedule.

Summer City continues until the end of March and includes Te Rā o Waitangi, Sevens Wellington, the Fringe Festival, Dragon Boating and Films by Starlight.


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