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Your high five events for Friday 24 August

Poetry, singing, mental health, Stravinsky and Rachmanikoff, disco wealth. Welcome to the weekend.

Oh yea, oh yay
Phantom bring you Poetry Day
Read our poem for the kaka
Welli events, yo, ah ha,
Oh, so, you’re in the Hutt Valley?
Or in Kapiti?  Time to sally…

Or celebrate the end of the working week at lunchtime with the latest in the TGIF series at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. Today’s recital is by Katherine McIndoe (soprano), at 12.45pm and will run for around 30 minutes. Suggested entry donation:  $10:00.

The March for Mental Health will assemble from 2.30pm at Taita Rock, Stokes Valley for an 8.7km walk along the Hutt River Trail, ending up at around 5pm with a sausage sizzle at Hutt Valley High School. Students from secondary schools across the Hutt Valley united earlier this year to come up with a legacy to leave in their community and worked together on this project to raise awareness for youth mental health, after being affected by recent suicides. The march is the culmination of a week of awareness activities aligned with the “five ways to wellbeing” set out by the Mental Health Foundation.

You can get a $15:00 seat for the NZSO Season 2018: Stravinsky and Rachmaninov concert tonight from 6.30pm at the MFC, 111 Wakefield Street. It’s a double helping of Igor Stravinsky, with Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 Revised Version) and Symphony in Three Movements, alongside Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2, Op. 27, one of the composer’s most popular works and “suited for the dexterity and dynamism of conductor Edo de Waart and the NZSO” according to the blurb.  Don’t expect Shine.

You Should Be Dancing brings you no-door-charge R18 disco-fever fun from 8pm to midnight and beyond at San Fran, 171 Cuba Street, with the hits and deep cuts from the 70s and 80s that Wellington App editor Mark Cubey will have on vinyl and/or CD or go, hey: Spotfy. If you’ve never heard <edits out lowest common denominator artists> Chic, the S.O.S. Band, Cerrone, Midnight Starr, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Patrice Rushen, Indeep, Luther Vandross and Shannon, then its agreed: Ya Mo B There. Your host is DJ St Bernard (Bernard Gruschow), go up to the decks and say “Hi!”, but NEVER say “play something we can dance to”. Because you can dance. If you want to. For inspiration. Happy birthday, Madge.