Varied lineup for New Year

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TASHA BLACK

Earth­quakes, the Rena dis­as­ter, un­em­ploy­ment, 2011 made for some grim read­ing.

For­tu­nately the na­tion cheered up af­ter our Rugby world Cup vic­tory, so, with New Year’s Eve al­most upon us, what events can we look for­ward to in 2012 to keep our spir­its high?

Kick­ing off on De­cem­ber 31 is Welling­ton’s Sum­mer City Fes­ti­val, a three-month line-up of out­door gigs and en­ter­tain­ment run­ning til mid April.

The an­nual fes­ti­val re­turns with some of the good­ies, in­clud­ing the ASB Gar­dens Magic Con­cert Se­ries at the Sound Shell in the Welling­ton Botanic Gar­den, Films by Starlight and the Teddy Bears’ Pic­nic.

In the midst of the Sum­mer City Fes­ti­val is the bian­nual New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val – 300 arts events scat­tered over the Welling­ton re­gion dur­ing 24 days.

Welling­ton city snaps up most of the big names, in­clud­ing fem­i­nist writer Ger­maine Greer, mu­si­cian Bon Iver and Pulitzer Prize win­ning jour­nal­ist Thomas Fried­man, but Art On The Move en­sures the smaller re­gions don’t miss out en­tirely.

Porirua and Para­pa­raumu will host in­dige­nous singers Bare­foot Di­vas, the Topp Twins will per­form in Master­ton and singer Maisey Rika is lined up for Otaki and Up­per Hutt.

Fes­ti­val ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sue Pater­son said the re­gional pro­gramme brings lower priced in­ter­na­tional and New Zealand works to all cor­ners of Welling­ton.

Back for its 22nd year is the Welling­ton Fringe Fes­ti­val for a three-week pro­gramme of com­edy, the­atre, dance, vis­ual arts and mu­sic, start­ing on Fe­bru­ary 10.

In April and May, pre­pare for some belly ache with the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, while film buffs can look for­ward to the NZ In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val over win­ter and the world premier of The Hob­bit in Welling­ton in Novem­ber.

Fash­ion­istas can pre­pare for the in­au­gu­ral Welling­ton Fash­ion Week in April and food­ies can de­light in the an­nual Visa Welling­ton On a Plate fes­tiv­i­ties in Au­gust.

If you’re out­side of Welling­ton don’t worry, the cap­i­tal isn’t hog­ging all the best events.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager for Desti­na­tion Wairarapa Bar­bara Hyde said the Wairarapa’s big­gest gig lined up is New Year’s Eve party La De Da, which draws thou­sands of peo­ple.

There is a new fam­ily con­cert, Sum­mer Tides, at Rivers­dale Beach in Jan­uary, and an­other big num­ber is Master­ton’s World War 1 Air Show com­mem­o­rat­ing the Christ­mas cease­fire on the Western Front, also in Jan­uary.

For the sports fans the NZ In­ter­na­tional Sev­ens is a must in Fe­bru­ary in Welling­ton and cricket lovers can look for­ward to three matches held in Welling­ton be­tween the Black Caps and South Africa dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March.

By no means ex­haus­tive, but enough to keep you on your toes.

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