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Your high five events for Friday 23 November

This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events today that are free or cost less than $20.00 (usually). You may want to check previous entries for recurring events. And there are many more options in the What’s On, Active/To Do, and Community sections of The Wellington App.

In October, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked the children of New Zealand to send her artwork for her annual Christmas card. She was overwhelmed by the response. Massey University’s College of Creative Arts has the privilege of exhibiting the 570 responses from children throughout New Zealand in the Prime Minister’s Kiwi Kids Christmas Card Exhibition, at Massey University – Te Ara Hihiko, Wallace Street, Mount Cook, every weekday from 10.00am to 4.00pm until 20 December.

The Wellington Campus of Yoobee School of Design welcomes you to its November Open Day. From 10.00am to 3.00pm at Level 2, West Wing of the Wellington Railway Station, 2 Bunny Street, you can explore career and short course options covering creative media, web and graphics, animation and film, web and UX, and screen production. Make an informed decision for your career change or 2019 study.

If you’re looking for high quality, original New Zealand craft for all those great people in your life this Christmas, head to The Kristmas Knack Market at Berhampore School tonight (6.00 to 8.00pm) or tomorrow (9.30am to 2.00pm)  – a great opportunity to purchase a wide range of authentic handmade craft direct from the makers. There will be stalls selling everything from original clothing, jewellery, felted ornaments, wall art, candles, mobiles, homewares, skincare products, teatowels, kids’ dressups, stocking stuffers, baby gear, an amazing range of plants and heaps more. The special evening tonight offers a relaxed shopping experience with fabulous Mexican food and live music, and Saturday’s knack is family focused, with an kidzone area including games and activities to keep children busy and happy, with Christmas baking, and delicious food and coffee options available for lunch. Both markets have the same friendly vibe and authenticity that knack has become famous for. EFTPOS and free parking available, at 105 Britomart St, Berhampore.

The final Masterworks concert for 2108 from NZSO music director Edo de Waart highlights two milestones in not only Beethoven’s career, but the symphonic repertoire. Hear in one concert the composer’s journey from Classical to Romantic, and how and in the process he changed music forever. The First Symphony (Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21) is from a young Beethoven, already making his name in Vienna as a pianist and composer. While it owes a debt to Haydn, it also shows a composer hungry to explore and experiment. His gargantuan Symphony No. 9 (Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125), written when he had become completely deaf, is one of his greatest and most loved works. With four fantastic soloists – soprano Madeleine Pierard, mezzo-soprano Kristin Darragh, tenor Simon O’Neill and bass Anthony Robin Schneider – and premiere choir Voices New Zealand for the fourth movement’s ‘Ode to Joy’, this is an event no one should miss. The concert starts at 6.30pm in the Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, tickets available here including additional 49 C Reserve tickets and 32 D Reserve tickets that have made been available in the Choir Stalls. Be quick!

The Jackson Street Programme is bringing you the Petone Twilight Christmas Parade tonight from 7.00 to 10.00pm. The parade route is Jackson Street from Buick Street to Petone Avenue, with over 50 floats from local schools, churches, sports clubs, cultural groups, bands, and amazing character floats… plus Santa of course. Then the lights and music go on as The Jackson Street Programme open the Old Historical Police Station Lock Up at 274b Jackson Street, transformed into an entertaining, interactive Christmas Grotto with a Winter Wonderland theme and Santa’s letter box – running for the next few weeks. Children can meet Santa and get free photographs, with a designated room set up for Women’s Refuge, where presents can be left by caring strangers. Road closures and bus route changes are in place tonight – see separate post in The Wellington App.