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Your high five for Wednesday 25 July

Books, archives, beer, film and swing offer you diversion today.

Photo by Jamie Taylor on Unsplash

Great reads at great prices can be snapped up all week at the Upper Hutt Pop-Up Library on the ground floor of the CBD Towers building 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt. The Massive Winter Book Sale runs until Friday 27 July from 10:00am to 4:00pm with late night browsing on Thursday until 7:00pm. And all items left are free on Friday – don’t miss out!

The Role of Archives and Recordkeeping in a Royal Commission is a free talk by Belinda Battley about the many issues relating to keeping records of historic and current abuse. It will take place at Te Ahumairangi, Ground Floor, National Library, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Belinda Battley is in the final stages of her doctorate at Monash University, and has a particular interest in the synergies between records and community, places, events, stories, activities and individual and collective memories. She will discuss the work she has been doing to represent the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) as the Government begins work on the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care.

An award-winning documentary that looks at growing global controversies surrounding the Chinese government’s Confucius Institute will be presented by the filmmaker from 6:00pm at Room GBLT2, Old Government Buildings, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University in Stout Street. In the Name of Confucius asks how we should deal with the unintended outcomes of strengthening ties with a rising Communist China, as Beijing spends an estimated $10 billion annually on “external propaganda”, including the Confucius Institute initiative. There are Confucius Institutes in three New Zealand universities and 30 Confucius classrooms in New Zealand schools. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the film’s producer, director and writer Doris Liu, a Chinese documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. The event is free but is R16, and seats must be reserved on Eventfinda or at: http://tiny.cc/itnoc-vu
(This is an external event and does not reflect the views, thoughts, and opinions of the University.)

Heyday Beer Co are running their first Quiz Night from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at 264a Cuba St, Wellington, and it’s a free bespoke R18 event dreamed up by the Heyday team. They’ll be testing participants’ knowledge on everything from beer styles to geography, from movies to malts, with prizes including Heyday Beer Co merchandise, bar tabs and more.

The free mid week social dance event Swing Dancing Social Circus starts at 7:30pm at Circus Bar, 17b Allen Street, and runs through to 10:00pm (R18). Circus Bar partners with the Full Swing Vintage Dance Company to bring you swing, dance and music styles from the early 20th century, including Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Charleston. No experience necessary.