The Queens Wharf Summer Series is in full swing, already a third of the way through its programme. If you haven’t been down to the wharf yet, you’ve only got four more chances!
In case you missed it - The Performance Arcade and Wellington City Council have teamed up to present the Queens Wharf Summer Series, which is taking place every Saturday evening from January 25 - February 29. The Series is completely free to attend, and invites everyone along to Queens Wharf to sit back, relax, and enjoy the line-up of free entertainment, which will vary each week. From live music and dance troupes to interactive activities and cabaret shows, there will be something for everyone.
The programme in summary
Saturday 25 January
The programme kicked off with acts close to home - Wellington locals Sorah Snow, Androgynous Lemon and Tāwhiri Funk provided music for the soul thorugh their groovy mix of indie-rock, alternative pop, RnB and hip hop funk. Week one’s line-up was presented by Dockside Restaurant and Bar, who were generous enough to supply FREE lamb sammies for guests to enjoy!
Saturday 1 February
Last weekend, Wellingtonians came together to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We enjoyed Asian-inspired songs, dances and drumming - performances that had me so captivated I couldn’t hear the person in the food truck right behind me calling my number! Speaking of, the decision between whether to get a Malaysian or Indonesian dish from the food trucks on site was the hardest of the night. Judging by the sizes of the queues at the trucks and the looks of absolute delight on everyone’s faces as they took their first bite, both must have been equally as delicious. When I glanced at the crowd I saw nothing but joy. Friends, families, even individuals attending on their own - smiling, laughing and recording the performances on their phones so they could look back on the evening. The celebrations resembled that of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony - maybe only on a slightly smaller scale. The importance of both unity and diversity was evident, and the way the performers used their bodies and voices acted as a beautiful homage to the delicate nature of the people of China.
Saturday 8 February
This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house. Pop down to the wharf at 4pm for some live music from Lee Stuart, Taylah Barker and Andy Gartrell. Children will be kept entertained with Bloom, an interactive activity where they can put their lego-building skills to good use, constructing and deconstructing a 3D ‘alien garden’. If the building life isn’t for them, they can put their biking abilities to the test with an adventure obstacle course. Once they’ve tired themselves out, head over to the Crabshack for dinner, where kids can dine free!
Saturday 15 February
If you enjoy the events on February 8, you’ll be able to catch more of Andy Gartrell, right after country sensation Ainslie Allen. Then, take the kids along to finish what they started with a return to Bloom and/or the bike obstacle course. The whole family can end the night by joining the parade of bikes riding from Wellington Museum at 7pm to explore the waterfront and secret locations along the way. This week is brought to you by Munchen, where you’ll be able to enjoy a range of family specials!
Saturday 22 February
This will be your first official taste of The Performance Arcade 2020, supported by Bin44, where you’ll be able to enjoy more family specials for dinner. Get a preview of what’s to come in the final week of February with music from DJ Kedron, dances from locals Josie Archer and Kosta Bogoievski and The People Movers, all the way from the USA. End the night with a bang watching the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, who collectively come from USA, NZ and Mexico.
Saturday 29 February
To round off the Series, you’ll spend a night at the museum where all of your favourite music genres will be covered. With the company of DJ Miss Juliet, DJ Panda, DJ Hoo Hee (AKA EtonalE) and DJ Magnette, you can soak up the last of the summer sun with everything from country to soul to psychedelia.
I know it’s a lot to take in, but once you wrap your head around it all, it’ll be the thing that you look forward to for the next four weeks and you’ll miss it when it’s gone. Give it a chance - mosey on down to Queens Wharf on Saturday afternoon - there’s no way you’ll get lost! Our team has been out working hard to create a vivid pink space for our audience members to gather and feel like royalty:
If this hasn't sold it to you, come along anyway - you can be the judge! Join us #UnderTheSails on Saturday, and share your experience on social media. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a picnic. Sit back, relax, unwind. Let’s enjoy summer together at Queens Wharf.
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