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Your High Five Events for 29 January!

Free Japanese Film Night – Laputa: Castle In the Sky

Come along to our free Japanese Film night!

This month’s film is “Laputa: Castle in the Sky”!

A world where a young boy’s dreams soar as high as the mythical floating island known as Laputa. Pazu’s dreams are about to be realized when Sheeta, a young girl and government escapee, literally floats down from the skies, saved only by a mysterious, glowing pendant.

Now, pursued by pirates and Secret Service agents alike, Sheeta and Pazu seek the fabled island to fulfill Pazu’s dreamquest and learn the secrets of Sheeta’s clouded heritage.

Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Released: 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Rating: PG
Genre: Anime, Fantasy
Runtime: 124 Minutes

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 6pm.

Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan NZ Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington -5:45pm until 8:30pm


Free Art and Creativity Workshop

Want to experience a fresh burst of creativity in your life?

Then come & join us at our next Free Creativity & Art Workshop.

Free Creativity & Art Workshop:
– This is a free two-hour experience.
– Held in various locations around the country (we are open to suggestions).
– Facilitated by experienced TLC tutors.
– You will experience an introduction to art exercises to awaken your inner creativity.
– All materials are supplied and you get to take them away with you.
– Complimentary coffee and biscuits.

This is what a recent attendee had to say, “I had no idea what to expect or what this was about… I found the whole evening an awakening and inspiring. Jonathan and Alice are a mine of information and very gracious in their communication. I loved it. Thank you so much. I am glad this is available in New Zealand… what an asset and investment in our nation.”

Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant
39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Date: Tuesday, 29th January
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

The Influenza Pandemic 1918 – A Temporary Exhibition

The Sisters of Compassion mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

The story of the Sisters of Compassion during the influenza pandemic will be told in a temporary exhibition opening at the Home of Compassion. The pandemic came at the end of a devastating war and struck Wellington between November and December. Wellington had the highest death rate of the cities.

As city officials mobilised, the Sisters of Compassion responded to the call for volunteers, nursing the sick in Island Bay, Berhampore and at the temporary hospital at St Patrick’s College.

The exhibition is open until 31st March 2019 at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street (off Murray Street), Island Bay, Tue-Sat 10am-3pm; Sun 12noon-3pm. Contact [email protected] or (04) 282 1953 for more information.


Salsa Magic – Latin Dance School – Open Day – All levels


Salsa Magic is kick starting our 2019 classes in our brand new studio with an Open Day! If you or someone you know would like to try Salsa for the first time, find out what linear Salsa or Mambo is like, or just get back into it – now is the chance!

All of our usual Tuesday classes (Beginner 1 through to Advanced) will run at their usual times between 6-9pm. There’s no need to register – just come along!

Entry by koha (gold coin or small note) – all proceeds will be donated to the Wellington City Mission.

Come & dance with us at Dancetopia!

Dancetopia – Dance Studio 11-15 Torrens Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand 6011


Curator Talk: Co-Curating the Pacific

Join us to hear from 2 of Te Papa’s curators about new ways of collecting items for Te Papa and collaborating with local communities. Sean Mallon will give us an overview on a few projects the Pacific Cultures team have been up to and Claire Regnault will take us on a deep dive into collecting aloha shirts from Hawai’i. The talks will last 45 minutes, so escape from the office and bring your lunch!


SMALL THINGS MATTER: Experiments in co-collecting with Sean Mallon, Senior Curator Pacific Cultures

Since 2016, the Pacific cultures team at Te Papa have been exploring new ways to engage Pacific communities to co-curate collections that better represent themselves for future generations of New Zealanders. From contemporary artists in Guam to the legacy of the German-Samoa Colonial period, to Tongan youth in South Auckland, and the prospect of living with climate change in Tokelau, this series of projects has been both challenging and rewarding. It has transformed the Pacific Cultures team’s approach to their curatorial work and enriched the collections in unexpected ways. This talk profiles some of the people, stories and objects that have brought life to this exciting strand of Te Papa’s collection development work.

HE MAKANA ALOHA: co-collecting memory, legacy and indigenous identity through the iconic aloha shirt with Claire Regnault, Senior Curator NZ Culture & History

Perhaps no other textile is more closely identified with Hawai’i than the proverbial aloha shirt. It is the cautionary tale of how the simple “palaka”, a Hawaiianization of the 19th century English term “frock”, worn in cane fields and at backyard parties, transformed from being a deeply local expression of identity to a global phenomenon. Yet its story is not over; during the last century, aloha wear has gone from (mis)appropriation to reclamation; from kitchy tourist shop to hip street wear and New York Fashion week. In October 2017 Claire Regnault, Sonya Withers, Te Papa’s first Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust intern, and Noelle Kahanu, a Native Hawaiian writer/artist/curator/scholar, came together to amass some 80+ aloha shirts for Te Papa’s collection that speak to the enduring and evolving nature of the aloha shirt, and its impact across the Pacific and beyond. Rather than creating a survey collection, the project exemplifies how individuals from various viewpoints came together across cultural and geographical expanses to form an in-depth expression of the complicated but beloved aloha shirt as an embodiment of individual and collective indigenous identity.

The Friends of Te Papa 55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011 – 12pm – 1pm