En­ter­tain­ment locked in for uni’s cel­e­bra­tory pic­nic

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - STAFF RE­PORTER [email protected]

MU­SIC and other en­ter­tain­ment has been con­firmed for a public pic­nic next month, as the Univer­sity of Otago pre­pares to get its 150th cel­e­bra­tions un­der way.

Acts have been ar­ranged for the an­niver­sary birth­day pic­nic on the Clock­tower Lawn on Fe­bru­ary 15, when new stu­dents and their fam­i­lies will join staff, stu­dents, alumni and the wider com­mu­nity.

Vice­chan­cel­lor Prof Har­lene Hayne said in a state­ment the univer­sity had ‘‘al­ways been a huge part of the city’’.

Chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment planned in­cluded gi­ant bubbles, Jenga, face paint­ing a ‘‘bal­loo­nol­o­gist’’, and a talk from Otago Mu­seum science com­mu­ni­ca­tor Ar­madeo En­riquezBalles­tero.

Dunedin band ‘‘Loose and Colour­ful’’ will be play­ing on the night, and 10 food trucks will be on hand for those who have not brought their own pic­nic.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to in­vite the Dunedin com­mu­nity into our home to help us cel­e­brate our 150th an­niver­sary,’’ Prof Hayne said.

The first event to be­gin the 150th cel­e­bra­tions will be a Burns Night Sup­per at the Dunedin Town Hall on Jan­uary 25.

The sup­per is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the life and po­etry of the Scot­tish bard Robert Burns — un­cle of the first Chan­cel­lor of the univer­sity, the Rev Thomas Burns.

Cel­e­bra­tions will con­tinue through­out 2019 with a wide range of aca­demic conferences, con­certs, re­unions and sport­ing events.

Dur­ing Queens Birth­day week­end events will in­clude a for­mal con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony and church ser­vice.

Dur­ing the year­long cel­e­bra­tion, the univer­sity will not only re­flect on its strong past, but will also ac­knowl­edge the chang­ing face of our peo­ple and the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion by Maori, Pasi­fika and peo­ple from other cul­tures around the world.

Har­lene Hayne

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