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Radical propositions, Bic Runga and Parekōwhai piano go late this Thursday

Taonga puoro, the Parekōwhai piano, Bic Runga and five speakers offering radical propositions for our future combine with food, drink and art this Thursday at City Gallery.

Michael Parekōwhai He Kōrero Pūrākau mō te Awanui o te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River 2011

It’s the first week of July, which means that Thursday night is time for the monthly Tuatara Open Late at City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi.

From 5:00pm, Radioactive DJ Harri Robinson will provide the soundtrack to mingling, drinking (cash bar) and eating (supper treats from La Boca Loca), with a tour of the Gallery’s current exhibition, This Is New Zealand, starting from 6:00pm.

The evening will feature two live musical performances, the first from award-winning singer-songwriter Bic Runga at 7:00pm. Later, from 9:00pm, Hau Manu ki Te Papa combine taonga puoro with the Parekōwhai piano (part of the exhibition) for a quite different musical experience.

There is talk in between, from 8pm, as five guest speakers offer radical and contrasting propositions for the future of Aotearoa New Zealand. Critic, author and journalist Anthony Byrt will introduce prison abolitionist organiser Emilie Rākete, environmentalist and researcher Mike Joy, libertarian Brooke van Velden, blockchain expert Oliver Bruce, and Julia Whaipooti, Senior Adviser in the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, and chair of JustSpeak.

Open Late runs until 10:00pm. Entry by koha.