Artistic Picnic Promised for Anniversary Weekend

8 January 2009

Frank Kitts Park will be full of artistic endeavours over Wellington Anniversary Weekend in the name of Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci.

On Saturday 17 January, tying in with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts Galleries' Leonardo da Vinci Machines exhibition, the park will act as a platform for all kinds of artists from 11.00am - 5.00pm.

Event organiser Martin Wilson says "Wellington's first Arts Café" will be a free participatory day for all kinds of creative artists, and so far a wealth of craft artists, fine arts artists and musicians have confirmed they'll be there. Artists wishing to participate can apply on the Capital Productions website.

"The idea is to have a café-style ambience in the park that day," says Martin. "There'll be tables and chairs dotted throughout the park among the arts stalls where people can chill out and have a cup a coffee. There will also be several stages in the park pouring forth a nice mix of mellow music for all to enjoy."

Leonardo's Last Supper will be staged - actors will act out the meal in full costume while artists record it through painting, sculpture, sketch and photography. There will be lots of music from stages presented by Wellington music venues San Francisco Bathhouse and Bar Bodega.

The following day, Sunday 18 January, the 'Birdman Family Flying Fiesta', is more focused at families - with children's rides and activities to entertain the little ones and more upbeat music from the likes of local all-woman group Avidiva.

"The children's activities include Leonardo's famous mirror-writing, along with face-painting and juggling. The park will also be full of food and craft stalls, so there is something for everyone on the Sunday," says Martin. "There will be plenty to see and do - and eat."

Summer Shakespeare cast members will present portions of their current production during the afternoon, and Da Vinci fans and budding engineers will have the chance to construct some of Leonardo's machines throughout the two-day event, which will then be tested from 3.00pm on Sunday.

"Leonardo da Vinci was involved in the production of many festivals and pageants, and the creativity and festivities of the Wellington Anniversary Weekend events is a good reflection of the activities closest to his heart," says Martin.

In case of bad weather, each event postpones to the next day. Call (04) 384 1998 for postponement and cancellation details from 8.00am on the morning of the event. For more details on the exhibition, go to The Leonardo Da Vinci Machines Exhibition website. 

More information about the NZCT Summer City festival is available from brochures which you can pick up from Council service centres, libraries, pools and cafés around town. You can also check out details of the NZCT Summer City festival on the Events Calendar.