Viva la Vida Fiesta for Mexican artist
It’s the Frida Carload!. A convoy of Wellington Frida Kahlo fans is turning up in Palmerston North this Saturday to take in the Frida Kahlo exhibition at Te Manawa.
The Mexican artist is revered the world over, and Palmerston North is the only place in New Zealand showing the international touring exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Her Photos.
Waiting and ready for the influx of visiting Wellington ‘Fridaphiles’, which includes a Frida Kahlo blinged-out bus and decorated cars, will be the George St Viva la Vida (Long Live Life) Fiesta.
A project by local artists and supported by George St businesses, the pavement festival from midday to 4pm will add a Palmerston North artistic vibe to the occasion, according to Shaun Kay, one of the organisers.
The community ‘street escapade’ will feature live music, Mexican food, Frida inspired art, and an instant ‘secret garden’ in the space at 50 George St, which will front a small blue playhouse in honour of Casa Azul (the Blue House) where Frida lived in Mexico City, now a museum and gallery devoted to her works.
Artist Kirsty Porter says the playhouse will be an educational site aimed at children with pictures and information about Frida inside. ‘I Paint My Reality’, a Snails: Artist Run Space exhibition by seven local women responding to the Te Manawa display, graces the shop window of Groovylicious.
When the Wellington convoy turns up in the Te Manawa carpark sometime around 1pm, its decorated vehicles will form part of the festivities.
Frida Carload organiser, Wellingtonian Jac Lynch says there will be prizes for the best cars.
A series of posters featuring watermelons, a Frida Kahlo motif, will mark the way for the visitors from Te Manawa to George St, which will be decked out in handmade bunting, erected by the city’s Fire Service.
For the impetus behind the Palmerston North pilgrimage and street festival, blame Facebook.
Jac thought she was just inviting 20 friends on the road trip but the posting went public, and as many as 200 Wellingtonians have so far signed on.
Shaun says in turn, the Facebook page prompted the Viva la Vida Fiesta response from local artists.
He says the fiesta may run for longer than 4pm with ‘‘a bit of a street open mic night’’ planned for afterwards.
Artist Kirsty Porter arranges Frida Kahlo-inspired pictures in the ‘I Paint My Reality’ exhibition at Groovylicious, part of this Saturday’s Viva la Vida Fiesta in George St.