Chinese New Year Fireworks Display
Celebrate Chinese New Year with us on Wellington’s waterfront!
A spectacular explosion of sound and colour on the waterfront will farewell the Dog and welcome in the Pig, warding off evil spirits to good luck and fortune for the coming year.
Rain out day: 10 February @ 9:30pm
Supported by Stonewood Homes
Today from 21:30-22:00
Red Rock and Roll 2
Red Rock and Roll is returning for 2019, join us February 9th at the stunning Red Rocks Marine Reserve.
Please bring cash on the day as there will be a BBQ as well as a Koha Box.
We are running a very minialist gig, please bring everything you would need for a day on the South Coast, it is relatively rough.
As the gig is in the heat of Summer please make sure you have enough sunscreen and water. Walk until you hear the music, the stage will be a 10 minute walk from the Reserve’s car park, we will have some signage
Invite people that would enjoy a great day out in one of Wellington’s most famous locations. This event is family friendly, so be respectful and look out for each other!
We are here for the music and some Soul, Metal, Progressive stuff, System of a Down and more!
Look forward to seeing you all 🙂
Today from 11:00-23:00
Island Bay Festival Parade
Come check out the Island Bay Festival Parade! A colourful, family-friendly street parade. Support our fantastic local groups, from our schools, to our local businesses and hobby groups. Dance along to the Wellington City Pipe Band. Starts 2pm at Avon St and runs the length of the Parade, arriving at Shorland Park at 3pm.
The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand – Today from 14:00-15:00
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Dance performances, face painting, lantern workshops, and a special screening of the documentary China’s Ghost Army.
11am, opening performance (Wellington Foyer, Level 2)
11am, lantern workshop (booking required)
11am–3pm, face painting/craft activities (Wellington Foyer, Level 4)
11.45am–12.45pm group dance performance (Te Marae, Level 4)
12.30–1.30pm, China’s Ghost Army screening (Soundings Theatre, Level 2)
1.30–2.30pm, group dance performance (Te Marae, Level 4)
2pm, lantern workshop (booking required)
Lantern making workshops
Book a session starting at either 11am or 2pm.
These free workshops are aimed at primary school children but adults are welcome to take part. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Today from 11:00-15:00
Te Papa – 55 Cable Street, Wellington
Ethiopia’s coffee ceremony
Ethiopia’s coffee ceremony is an integral part of their social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality. Performing the ceremony is almost obligatory in the presence of a visitor, whatever the time of day. Don’t be in a hurry though – this special ceremony can take a few hours. So sit back and enjoy because it is most definitely not instant.
Coffee is taken with plenty of sugar (or in the countryside, salt) but no milk and is generally accompanied by lavish praise for its flavour and skilful preparation. Often it is complemented by a traditional snack food, such as popcorn, peanuts or cooked barley. In most parts of Ethiopia, the coffee ceremony takes place three times a day – in the morning, at noon and in the evening. It is the main social event within the village and a time to discuss the community, politics, life and about who did what with whom. If invited into a home to take part, remember – it is impolite to retire until you have consumed at least three cups, as the third round is considered to bestow a blessing. Transformation of the spirit is said to take place during the coffee ceremony through the completion of ‘Abol’ (the first round), ‘Tona’ (second round) and ‘Baraka’ (third round).
Coffee holds a sacred place in our country -just the growing and picking process of coffee involves over 12 million Ethiopians and produces over two-thirds of the country’s earnings. The best Ethiopian coffee may be compared with the finest coffee in the world, and premium washed Arabica beans fetch some of the highest prices on the world market. In a world where time has long become a commodity, the Ethiopian coffee ceremony takes us back to a time when value was given to conversation and human relations. Perhaps an ancient proverb best describes the place of coffee in Ethiopian life, “Buna dabo naw”, which when translated means “Coffee is our bread!”
Mother of Coffee Ethiopian cuisine Restaurant & Internet Cafe Newtown Welly – 150 Riddiford Street inside computer shop Newtown Wellington
Today from 10:00-13:00