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Your high five events for Thursday 15 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.

Given that over 600,000 Kiwis claim Irish ancestry, and the extent to which we embrace Irish culture, music and pubs, it’s surprising that there has never been a National Irish Festival in New Zealand. Until now, with the inaugural NZ Irish Fest. The massive four-day celebration kicks off tomorrow, with over 60 events across three cities, featuring visiting musicians Damien Dempsey (from Dublin), Mick Flannery (Cork) Lisa O’Neill (Cavan) playing alongside local musicians, Irish comedians Alan McElroy and Darren Jardine, the first Irish Film Festival in New Zealand, with four premieres, Irish dancing displays and Gaelic Football showcases. And to cap it off, the All Blacks play Ireland at Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Sunday morning from 8.00am (NZ Time). The NZ Irish Fest, curated by Irish-born Kiwi Gerry Paul, with fellow impresarios Paul Brown (Coastella) and Johnny Gibson (Nostalgia Festival) will deliver the largest Irish celebration that New Zealand has seen. The official launch is tomorrow night at D4 on Featherston Street from 5.30pm, with a traditional Irish Session and pop-up Gaeltacht (Irish speaking event) with local act Criu. You can check full details of the Wellington programme on this website page.

Irish singer Damien Dempsey, coming to NZ Irish Fest

In just two short years, Dignity, the movement advocating for free sanitary items for all women in New Zealand have provided 33 schools and 10,325 female employees and high school students with access to sanitary items nationwide, and given away over 6000 boxes. Now co-founders Jacinta and Miranda want to give second birthday thanks to those who helped to make this happen. They invite supporters to the celebrations from 5:30 pm in the Event Space at BizDojo in Tory Street – nibbles and refreshments provided.

The scathing political cartoonist Sharon Murdoch is having a belated book launch tonight (she’s been off gallivanting) for her kinder, gentler collated series of panel cartoons, Munro: A Cat, A Mouse, A Crossword Clue. Join Sharon and friends at Minerva, 237 Cuba Street, from 5.30pm.

The annual Sir Howard Kippenberger Public Lecture will be presented tonight by Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, who is one of Indonesia’s leading foreign policy intellectuals and strategic analysts, and Research Professor at the Centre for Political Studies-Indonesia Institute of Sciences. As Victoria University’s 2018 Sir Howard Kippenberger Chair in Strategic Studies, she will deliver the talk, Indonesia and the Indo-Pacific Order, discussing the evolution of the approach to foreign policy by the world’s largest archipelagic state, from “sailing between two reefs” during the Cold War to the challenge of “navigating in turbulent oceans” in today’s more complex contemporary global and regional order. The lecture is free, and runs from 6.00 to 7.30pm at the Hunter Council Chamber, Level 2, Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington on Kelburn Parade, with a reception to follow from 7:15pm.

New Zealanders live, work, and study in an era of global engagement. Our ability to internationalise requires us to understand our customers and markets, with language at the heart of these relationships. Lawyer and Mandarin-speaker Nathalie Harrington is ideally-placed to discuss the power of language acquisition for New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses—and the pitfalls of ignoring this key capability. A recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, she has just returned from an eight-week International Chinese Language Programme at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and is hosted by the North Asia CAPE to deliver Don’t Get Lost In Translation! The Value of Language Acquisition to New Zealand, an evening of anecdotes, insights and examples of the role language plays in New Zealand’s ever-growing engagement on the global stage. Doors open at the Wellesley Club, 2-8 Maginnity Street, at 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. The event is free, but please register here.

Harlie Lux is Wellington’s resident wig expert, providing crafted and iconic hair pieces for many of the capitals top drag and cabaret performers. In a Wig Workshop tonight from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at The Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, she will explain beginner basics including types of wigs and where to by them, how to store, brush and care for a wig, and how to prep your hair for a wig and how to pin and glue it on, and style it. BYO wigs and gear, with $10.00 tickets on the door.