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websites to watch

Website 1: ‘ISSUES.co.nz’ – talking up ideas and issues 

What’s on the hearts and minds of everyday New Zealanders? What gets their goat? Find out on New Zealand’s first purpose-built website for issues campaigns. A great website to watch if you need a speech topic, or if you’re politically inclined.

Website 2: The World Digital Library

Launching April 21, this The World Digital Library is going to be awesome! The project has major international backing and will bring – free of charge – significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials. Make sure you check out the promo video.

The Edge Summer JAM Music festival

They’re back!  After a five year hiatus The Edge Summer Jam is returning to Wellington,  March 4 at the TSB Arena.  This year’s lineup includes P-Money, Metro Station and Midnight Youth, with The Veronicas as the headlining artists.  Tickets are available now through Ticketek. Check out the promotional video below. 

P.S.  The Edge Summer Jam is pretty pricey, so if you don’t have the dosh you can go the cheaper option and reserve some CDs through our fantastic catalogue 🙂


Youth Week 2009

Youth Week 2009 – a little way off but worth checking out the official site, particularly if you’re keen to run an event.

The theme this year: relationships.

Show me the Monet!

During the 19th century, a group of French artists decided to rebel.  Instead of faithfully re-creating their subject matter (portrait, landscape, still life) these impressionist painters focused on the overall effects of colour and movement, using unmixed colour and broken strokes.  Their fascination with capturing the momentary and transient effects of sunlight lead them to break with the rigid, studio-based painting traditions and do their paintings en plein air (outdoors, “in the open air”).

Claude Monet was a founder of the French Impressionist painting movement and its most prolific practitioner.  In fact, the movement derives its name from Monet’s painting, Impression, Sunrise.

Monet is a pretty big cheese in the art world so it’s truly amazing to be able to get up close and personal with his art without visiting an overseas gallery or art museum. Don’t miss out!  Visit Monet and the Impressionists at Te Papa.  Exhibition ends 17 May.

Take your valentine to the skatepark

This Saturday, 14 Februrary, is important for two reasons: romance and pro skating!  Yeah, we all know it’s Valentines Day –  the chocolates, the roses, the cards and sickly sweet P.D.A. (Public Displays of Affection) – but did you know that this Saturday a whole bunch of professional skaters will be competing at Waitangi Skatepark for the biggest prize purse in NZ skating history?  So make a date, take a date, to see the thrills’n spills of Bowl-o-Rama 2009.

(9am – 6pm, Waitangi Skatepark, Waitangi Park.   Postponement date: 15 February )

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Happy Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy! (which means “may prosperity be with you” in Cantonese.  You knew that, of course!).

Welcome to the year of the Ox, Ji Chou.  Yes, I know l’m lagging behind a bit.  But unlike our New Year – which is celebrated over 2 or 3 days – the Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year (or Spring festival) over a 15 day period.   China’s calendar is lunisolar, which means that Chinese New Year can fall from anywhere between 20 of January and 21 February.   This year, Chinese New Year ends Tuesday 10 February.  So I’m not that late, really.

Positively Pasifika

Sample the tastes, sounds and sights of the Pacific this Saturday at Nui FM’s Positively Pasifika festival.  Food, stuff to buy, and entertainment – it’s all go 9.30am-5.00pm, Waitangi Park.

Happy Global Family Day!

We all know that January 1 is New Years Day, but did you know that Jan 1 is also Global Family Day – “One Day of Peace and Sharing for all faiths, cultures, races, nationalities and economic classes”?

Global Family Day (GFD) was first celebrated, with the dawn of the new millenium, between Israeli and Palestinian families in the refugee camp of Nablus.  Later, when it was noticed that the century had begun remarkably calmly despite widespread apprehension (fears of terrorism, the “Millenium Bug” and the like), the United States Congress unanimously voted to establish January 1 as a special time of peace and sharing.  In 2001 the United Nations General Assembly passed  UnRes. 56/2 recognising GFD and encouraged all its Member states to observe the holiday.  It’ll be interesting to see, with tensions running high in the Middle East, what impact GFD will have this year.

So Happy New Year and Happy Global Family Day! Peace out.

Sizzlin’ Summer City

Yup, we’ve been warned this summer’s going to be a hot one. And with the global economy making spending that little bit tighter, we all need to save our recessionary dollars for cooling ice cream and gelato. There are a couple of things one can do to keep it easy on the pocket while having a good time. There are, of course, loads of free or low cost stuff to get from the library – not to mention the fact that libraries have excellent air conditioning! But there is also Wellington’s famous Summer City festival, packed with free events. It kicks off on New Year’s eve with a massive party in Civic Square, and ends 29 March with (coincidentally) more kicking off in a “mini world-cup” football match known as Culture Kicks.  Libraries will soon have printed copies of the programme, but why wait?  Check out the Summer City offerings online at wotzon.com.

The final countdown…

It’s a matter of hours before the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Beijing Olympics. The modern Olympics have been captured on film for almost a century! The official Olympic website’s history archive has a clip from every Olympic Opening Ceremony since the 1912 Opening Ceremony in Stockholm

From midday each day over the next two weeks, TV One will be offering extensive coverage of the Olympics. Those of you with easy access to hi-speed connections and plenty of bandwidth may want to watch online via TVNZ’s website; they will have four channels streaming live.  

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