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Your high five events for Tuesday 28 August

A new light box exhibition on Courtenay Place Park, a morning tea for mums, two free films, and the author of the first poetry book to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Go Tuesday!

The latest light box exhibition space at Courtenay Place Park on the plaza outside the St James Theatre was installed yesterday in advance of the 31 August date advertised on the WCC website. Garden of Purity by Laura Duffy considers how we read and ingest imagery, drawing links through history from art history to advertising. Duffy sees the works as being a layered conversation about Catholicism, advertising, abjection, and queerness, and uses edible materials as a starting point for the series of digitally manipulated photographs in the light boxes. The show is free to passersby, obviously, and will remain in situ until  9 December 2018

Mothers Network Wellington are holding a morning tea at the Churton Park Community Centre. They invite mothers with babies to come in for a cup of coffee and a chat about what they do, between 10am and 12 noon. For more information contact 04 383 8255 or email [email protected]

If you’re lucky, quick and smart you can score a free double movie tonight…

The  Embassy of Japan has a monthly free Japanese film night tonight (and Thursday) from 5:45pm at its offices on Level 18, 100 Willis Street. The film is Departures (130m, M), which won ten Japan Academy Awards, as well as the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Director Yojiro Takita won the hearts of audiences and critics with his story of a cellist who returns to his hometown and takes a job in a mortuary. Free admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis, with a full theatre capacity of 70 people. A short Japan video topics DVD will be shown from 5:45pm before the start of the feature film at 6:00pm.

Across town at the Embassy Theatre, the 10th German Film Festival in New Zealand opens at 8:00pm with the new film by Yasemin and Nesrin Şamdereli, The Night of All Nights (120m). The documentary portrays four couples from Japan, USA, India and Germany who all have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. Free tickets to the opening have been released in three stages, with the third last night, but the Embassy seats over 700 and every seat is good, so go for it here.

And, amazingly, $20 tickets would still appear to be available for only Wellington appearance by Robin Robertson, described by John Banville as “one of the finest lyric poets of the age”. He recently released a narrative poem of over 200 pages called The Long Take, which is the first book of poetry ever to be long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Robertson is an editor at Jonathan Cape, where he has worked with Irvine Welsh, Anne Enright, Michael Ondaatje and Seamus Heaney among others. During Robin Robertson: The Long Take from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the National Library, Molesworth Street, he will perform his poetry and speak with Wellington poet Harry Ricketts. His visit is presented by LitCrawl in association with WORD Christchurch, supported by British Council, Creative Scotland and National Library of New Zealand.