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News | 29 December 2020

A Welly Weekend set to pump in the heart of the city

It’s going to be a very Welly Weekend this capital anniversary – with fun, festivities, and fireworks for friends and whānau to connect, come together and celebrate.

Aerial acrobat performing.

Welly Weekend is a new event running from 24-25 January, which will include a fireworks display on Sunday evening, plus amusement rides, circus performances, a kids’ zone including a cardboard box playland activity, live music and food trucks, all located around the stunning location of the city’s waterfront.

Summer sees a host of events and activities put on by Wellington City Council, and this new one will no doubt be as popular as the more established ones, says Deputy Mayor Sarah Free.

“We are in in the enviable position of being able to plan and attend exciting and entertaining events, and this one will be a welcome addition to the bumper programme already scheduled for the summer months.

“We are also so blessed with such a range of homegrown talent, that we can provide a stage to showcase their skills whatever the event may be.”

The Welly Weekend also ties in perfectly with the Pasifika Festival at Odlins Plaza happening on Saturday 23 January, says Manager Events Delivery, David Daniela.

“The Wellington Pasifika Festival is a well-established and popular event that attracts over 15,000 people each year, and we expect that buzz and excitement to carry over to the Welly Weekend event for three days of arts, activities, kai and culture which is accessible and available for everyone to enjoy.

“We felt there was a space for an exciting new event which really celebrated Wellington ki Pōneke on its anniversary, acknowledging its heritage, diversity and heart.

“Also, we encourage everyone to use public transport or walk and ride, as it will be a busy time in town. But you can also make the most of the weekend special two hours free at Clifton car park with the first two hours free which applies for public holidays too.”

Keep an eye on Wellington City Council’s website wellington.govt.nz\wellyweekend and social media channels for more information and updates.