John Walsh: A Portrait of A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay
8 Nov 2018 (Thu) - 10 Feb 2019 (Sun)
New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Of Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti and Irish descent, John Walsh was brought up in Ūawa Tolaga Bay.
Best known for his sublime, ethereal landscapes with dense narratives, A Portrait of Ūawa Tolaga Bay He Whakaahua o Ūawa is a major survey of Walsh's portrait paintings. The exhibition includes the 20-metre long A Portrait of Tolaga Bay in 1980, shown in public for the first time since the 1980s. John will be in the gallery restoring this work during the opening weeks of the show.
Puss In Boots - The Pantomime
16 Nov 2018 (Fri) - 23 Dec 2018 (Sun)
Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
By: Paul Jenden
Director: Susan Wilson
Music: Michael Nicholas Williams
A poor widow woman, Mrs Miller, and her son Arthur live in Aro Valley and dream of winning the Big Wednesday Lotto and moving to a big house in posh Karori. Arthur finds he has been left a cat in his father’s will. It’s clever, talking Puss in Boots!!!
Follow their exciting adventures as they set out to find riches and come across a down-on-his-luck King, his feisty daughter and a marauding ogre! Will they find fortune? Will they outwit the wicked Ogre who wants to destroy wonderful Wellington? Will they live happily ever after?
If your boots are made for walkin’ then walk right along to Circa for this year’s panto… and of course look out for our magnificent Panto Dame.
24 Nov 2018 (Sat) - 9 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Aro Park, Aro Street, Wellington
Wellington is a hothouse of talent! Summer Sounds are coming to Aro Park.
Ship 'N Chip Tour
14 Dec 2018 (Fri) - 11 Mar 2019 (Mon)
Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Explore Wellington on and off shore, from its islands to its icons. Begin the day with a guided tour through Wellington Museum.
For lunch, indulge in a classic kiwi favourite, fish’n’chips, before setting sail across the harbour to visit Matiu/Somes Island, where you’ll be free to explore at your leisure before returning to the city.
Tours begin at 11am, and return at 3.45pm (optional return at 2pm on the weekends).
Gardens Magic 2019
8 Jan 2019 (Tue) - 27 Jan 2019 (Sun)
The Soundshell, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington
Free Concert: 8pm–9:30pm. Light display: 9pm–10:30pm. Celebrate 40 years of Summer City and 150 years of our beautiful Botanic Garden with 3 weeks of memorable music.
Wellington’s iconic free concert series returns to fill your summer nights with the sounds of Aotearoa’s best and brightest! We have a diverse range of talent, including classical, jazz, indie, rock, pop, world music, ska, reggae, Te Reo Māori and more.
There’s something for everyone. Come early to grab a good picnic spot, and as the sun goes down see the gardens transform with a magical light display by MJF Lighting.
Wellington Pasifika Festival
19 Jan 2019 (Sat)
Odlins Plaza, 21 Cable St, Wellington
Experience the sights, sounds and flavours of the wider Pacific right here in Wellington. There will be delicious food to buy, free family-friendly activities, and performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.
The festival highlights our tight-knit Pacific communities, our arts, cultural and political landscape and user-friendly city parks and environments. It is an opportunity for all Pacific people to celebrate and share their knowledge, values and beliefs and supports the vision that Wellington is a vibrant, creative capital.
Get out and make the most of the summer in one of the world’s most liveable cities… To discover Wellington’s free outdoor events head to wellington.govt.nz/summercity
An Evening With Nigella Lawson
23 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Nigella Lawson: Direct from London’s West End.
She is one of the most successful food writers of all time, having sold more than ten million cookbooks worldwide, teaching us How To Eat and How To Be A Domestic Goddess. Now it’s time to meet the woman behind the cookbooks.
Direct from London’s West End, An Evening with Nigella Lawson is Nigella’s brand-new show, where she tells her own remarkable culinary story, live on stage.
Blackcaps v India - 5th ODI
3 Feb 2019 (Sun)
Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington
International cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do. It’s the catches in the crowd, the costumes, the immaculate field and that perfect pitch that we can only imagine having in our backyard.
This season the world’s best players are coming to our backyard! Team India play with a thrilling style and the passion of their fans is not to be missed.
So, grab your family and friends to experience the Blackcaps take on the thrilling challenge of the men in blue.
Cult Wine and Te Aro Wine Present: Rose All Day
9 Feb 2019 (Sat)
Te Aro Wine, 8 Ebor Street, Wellington
'Rose All Day' is our inaugural festival celebrating organic, natural and lo-fi rose from New Zealand and all over the world.
There will be still, sparkling, light, dark and everything in between. Food by 5 Boroughs and Lashings.
Jim Beam Homegrown
23 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
Celebrating its 12th year, the Jim Beam Homegrown festival is back on Saturday, March 23rd and ready to take it to the next level!
The Wellington Waterfront will come alive with carnival rides, markets, 5 stages and 42 of NZ's favourite acts, as Homegrown delivers Kiwi music's biggest party this summer!
1st Lineup is out now!
Check out all the details here: https://www.homegrown.net.nz