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Your high five events for Thursday 16 August

Activities that are free or $20 or less today, including mountain writing, free speech, fair trade, and lots of jazz.

Today is the start of WeBO, Wellington’s International Band and Orchestra Festival, presented by ABODA, Musicworks and Yamaha Music Australia. From 10:00am to 3:30pm today, 9:30am to 3:30pm tomorrow and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, over 900 musicians will take the stage at St Andrews on the Terrace – and it’s all free. Today is jazz day, Friday features concert bands, and orchestras fill the stage on Saturday. For the fuk schedule of events, check

Take a high-altitude trip at lunchtime as trip as author Shaun Barnett interviews editors Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey about their new book, To The Mountains: A Collection of NZ Alpine Writing. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material these top contemporary authors have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand’s mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.From 12:00pm to 12:45pm at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street.

Chapman Tripp & the Sustainable Business Network invite you to attend a Fair Trade Fortnight event on Procurement and Fair Trade in the Workplace. From 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Fair Trade in the Workplace will feature speakers from Peoples Coffee, Ritual Tea, Little Yellow Bird and TradeAid on their products and work, and the Sustainable Business Network will outline how they can help forge connections between like-minded businesses. Bring your questions, enjoy a glass of wine from Yealands Winery, and try some tests and tasters of Fair Trade products at Chapman Tripp, Level 17, 10 Customhouse Quay.

With the recent cancellation of talks by Lauren Southern, Stefan Molyneux and Don Brash, the announcement of the upcoming visit of Jordan Peterson to our shores, and countless debates in between, the question of the limits of free speech is on everyone’s minds. Today’s public panel discussion Does Free Speech Have Limits? will examine the complexities inherent in free speech. Doors open at Prefab Hall in Jessie Street at 5.30 for a panel discussion starting at 5:45pm  featuring Frances Joychild QC, Dr Bryce Edwards, Keith Ng and others. The event is organised by Dr Emily Beausoleil and Max Rashbrooke, and made possible thanks to the generous support of the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University.

Join Tui-nominated jazz drummer, composer and producer Myele Manzanza for his debut performance at the weekly Wellington Jazz Cooperative session. His new quartet, the Myele Manzanza Group features Michael James Taylor on trumpet, Leonardo Coghini on keyboards and Johnny Lawrence on bass, and will showcase an all original set of music from  8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street. General admission is $15.00, with WJC members and students with ID paying just $8:00.