It’s May! So once again it’s New Zealand Music Month. What’s the Library doing this year to celebrate & profile Wellington musicians? Well…
This May, Wellington libraries will turn into temporary concert venues – showcasing young local talent. Up-and-coming young artists will perform afternoon gigs at Wellington Central Library and at the Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Johnsonville and Karori branch libraries. These free events will take place Monday 16 to Friday 20 May.
- Kilbirnie on Monday 16 from 4 to 5pm
- Newtown on Tuesday 17 from 4 to 5pm
- Johnsonville on Wednesday 18 from 4 to 5pm
- Karori on Thursday 19 from 4 to 5pm
- Central on Friday 20 from 4 to 5pm
There will also be evening performances at ZEAL and The Jimmy Bar at the St James Theatre.
Wellington City Council is organising these live performances in partnership with Play It Strange, a trust established in 2003 to encourage young New Zealanders to develop interests and skills in songwriting and musical performance.
Other Music Month events include a series of Music Workshops.
On Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May Toi Poneke Arts Centre will hold free workshops for independent musicians. The workshop on Monday is for musicians who want to break into the Australian market and will be full of hits and tips for people who have already crossed the Tasman.
This is followed on Tuesday with the launch of the Instrumental’s Musician’s Publicity Toolkit – with a live performance from Mara TK. The toolkit is a musician’s essential guide to self-publicity and online marketing.
A full list of events, times and venues in Wellington for New Zealand Music Month can be found on the Toi Poneke Arts Centre’s Facebook page
Further facebook details with a full list of performers after the jump
You, your mates and zombies, Glee, prizes, gloating rights, free food, brains! Wait, what…?
Okay, there might not be brains, but eveything else will be there. Pull a team of Glee and Zombie experts together and get ready for the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Trivia Night.
Open for teams of 13 to 18 year olds (min 2 - max 4), the Zombies Vs. Gleeks Teen Trivia Night will be at the Wellington Central Library on 27th May at 6.30pm. Registrations open soon and places will be limited so get your team ready to go and start planning your costumes.
Tuesday 22nd March Central Library 4-5pm
The flying guy in this photo is from NZ Parkour, come and discover how you can get in on the action at this taster session.
Recreation Wellington will be there with some fitness freebies, and as a bonus, you can tell them what you think they should be doing for young people in this city.
The 4th annual Wellington Zinefest is on this Saturday 20th of November from 12-5pm at Mighty Mighty (104 Cuba Street). Zinefest is a market day where you can peruse and purchase heaps of local, national and international zines and self published music.
We will be bringing zines from our collection of over 1,000 to join in the fun at Zinefest and creating a comfy reading area for you to relax and recover from all the DIY excitement.
Come along! Wellington Zinefest is proudly sponsored by Wellington City Libraries.
What’s a Zine?
The word zine (an abbreviation of the equally elusive word fanzine) has come to describe DIY magazines of an independent nature. Fanzines don’t have the same commercial ambitions or restraints as magazines. Fanzines are often a labour of love. Some are collaborative, others are created by just one person. Some are comics, some cover obscure local bands, others pay homage to the hugely famous (though in a creepy stalker kind of way), some are art objects in their own right. This year Wellington Zinefest has also invited participation from those creating DIY music (records, CDs and tapes).
If you’re interested in crafting a zine then have a look at Whatcha mean, what’s a zine? by Mark Todd (a different Mark Todd to the one of Olympics fame).
Pink Shirt Day is on April 28th. What is Pink Shirt Day? Here’s what the website had to say…
Pink Shirt Day aims to show that bullying is not ok and won’t be tolerated. By encouraging the people of New Zealand to wear a Pink Shirt on the 28th of April we can help to raise awareness of bullying and show there is a massive amount of people who support taking a stance against bullying.
Sounds good to me! Get your pink on and show everyone that bullying is so not cool!
… You have only a few short hours left to get a team together for the Almost Amazing Race 2.0, as registration closes at 5pm today. At the time of writing there is less than four hours remaining! So make like an upward pointing sign and sign up here. Or something.
Been to any of the following this year?
- Almost Amazing Race
- Urban Survival Series
- Twilight Trivia Night
Read the teen blog?
Have feedback for us, or suggestions for 2010?
We would love to hear from you over some yummy food!
Thursday 3rd of December – Central Library staff room @ 4pm
Text 021 227 8222 or email Ella, email@example.com, to register (so she knows numbers)