This daily feature lists a selection of Wellington events accessible today for $20.00 or less. 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.
The fifth annual Siapo Cinema: Oceania Film Festival has returned to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, showcasing the vibrant stories of the Pacific on film until Saturday 20 October. The extensive programme has a range of Pacific features, short films and unique events including a special evening celebrating the achievements of award-winning actor, director, writer and producer Nathaniel Lees. Check the web page, follow the hashtag #siapocinema2018 on social media and keep up with the latest happening in the festival by clicking ‘interested’ on the Siapo Cinema Facebook Event.
Opening this weekend on the regular cinema circuit are two concise documentaries returning from the NZIFF. New Zealand film She Shears (79 mins) received unanimous raves from critics and audiences for its portrayal of five women who are passionate sheep shearers: two legends, and three stars on the rise. And a companion doco to the recently screening McQueen profiles another design icon: Dame Vivian Westwood. The journey of the undisputed queen of British fashion from 1970s punk to independent global empire is shown in Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (83 mins; M, offensive language & nudity)
There are many free and fun art activities at City Gallery for the whole whānau on the last weekend of the school holidays, from 11.00am through 4.00pm. Get inspired by artist and photographer Patrick Pound’s exhibition On Reflection – instead of taking his own photographs, Pound collects vast numbers of old photos and combines them with masterpieces from Te Papa’s collections in new and imaginative ways. Make your own mini museum display from a treasure trove of objects and images. Discover Patrick Pound’s photo collections and draw your own on the Family Activity Trail. Watch animated short films from around the world brought to you by Square Eyes Film Foundation. And get creative with Squiggla and play with dots, lines, and patterns.
Do your children need an introduction to the organ? The Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, corner of Hill and Molesworth Streets, are very excited that their new Regent Classic four-manual custom-built organ is now operational. As part of OrganFestival they are presenting a concert for kids of all ages to experience the ‘King of Instruments’. Richard Apperley will introduce kids to the many sounds of the organ, as well as performing his own arrangement of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and other works. This concert also marks the re-opening of the Kid’s Organ Club, which will offer free organ tuition to under 13s in a group environment. There is no charge to attend this concert.
Think Nguyen (above) is a close up magician from Belgium, with a specialty in card magic, who has been the hot topic among many high profiled magicians and the underground magic scene for years (“Think Nguyen has some of the coolest card magic I’ve ever seen!” – Dynamo). He is now currently lecturing around the world and is visiting Wellington with a lecture focused on card magic and the theories underlying magic in general. This will happen at a Wellington Magic Club event from 7.00pm to 10.00pm at Catalyst IT, 150-155 Willis Street. (Though you may need to be a magician to attend – find out at the Wellington Magic Club.