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Your high five for Friday 27 July

The Film Festival starts today in Wellington – and there are also blobbles, cultural memory, puns and winter love to warm your heart.

Bring your tamariki along to Blobbles, the new free PlayHQ sensory experience at Capital E, 4 Queens Wharf from 9:30am to 3:30pm, and let them feel their way around an immersive and colourful blob-like habitat. Suits ages 3+

Join the National Oral History Association of NZ from 9:30am to 12:15pm for Voices and Forms of Cultural Memory at Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon. Indira Chowdhury, founding member of the Oral History Association of India and the founder of Archival Resources for Contemporary History in Bengaluru discusses oral history and postcolonial archives in India, followed by a facilitated discussion. The presentation draws on Indira’s attempts over the last 15 years to create archives of different institutions and organisations, and the insights she has gained from interacting with “unheard voices”. Tickets are $20; RSVP to: [email protected] with Indira Wellington in the subject line.

The New Zealand International Film Festival begins in Wellington today with American film Puzzle at 11:00am at the Embassy Theatre in Kent Terrace. Screenings continue throughout the day and until Tuesday 14 August at the Embassy, Reading Cinemas Courtenay, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Taranaki Street), Penthouse in Brooklyn, Roxy Cinema in Miramar and Light House Petone. For $18.50 per screening or less, you can enjoy a curated selection of over 150 expertly crafted films that deserve to be experienced with an audience. Book now online at, or the NZIFF ticket office in Reading Cinemas Courtenay.

After sold-out cringe-worthy shows in 2017, The Wellington Pun Battle is back at the Fringe Bar, 26 Allen Street, from 8:00pm. You can grab tickets to the R18 event now for $18.00 (0800 BUY TIX), or Last Chance Ticket at the door for $24.00. With over $1,500 cash prize money on the line, the stakes are pun-ishing. Everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood transvestite, Mr. Hugo Grrrl, introduces the punderful lineup of smart alecks and wordy nerds battling it out in this head-to-head pun-off: Frank Steven,  Grieve  Timothy Keats, Peter Fernando, Lucas Knotter, Ben Suisted  Chris Ingham, Jules Collinson, Oliver Probert, Peter Baillie and Benjamin Ashton Joe.

For the last two years, the Wellington Night Market in Lower Cuba Street has held a Winter Love Festival to bring people together for a night of romance and excitement in the colder months. This year, Festival de l’Amour will run from 5:00pm to 10:00pm for a night filled with love, singing and food. Get your photo taken with your loved one in front of the Eiffel Tower at the Photo Booth with the chance win a hotel package worth over $500, and enjoy performances from Duo Incognito, Joka and Madame Oui Oui. Voted one of the top 10 best places to go on a date in Wellington.