Summer City Festival

10 January 2012

Wellington's sultry, sensational tribute to the warmer months - the Summer City festival - is about to kick off.

Pasifika Festival will be on at Waitangi Park during Anniversary Weekend

Pasifika Festival will be on at Waitangi Park during Anniversary Weekend

And for 2012 there are a few changes - mainly experimental - to see whether the three decade-old festival can be made even more spectacular and popular.

The Council's Sport and Events Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says Summer City will start from Wellington Anniversary Weekend. "Our collective experience over the past few years is that the weather can be a bit dodgy early in January and settles down in February and March."

Cr Morrison says the emphasis will also spread from the usual Botanic Garden stronghold - with more events on the waterfront and in Island Bay.

On Anniversary Weekend, Summer City kicks off with Out in the Square (gay and lesbian fair), Capital E's Great Scavenger Hunt, the Birdman Competition and the Pasifika Festival.

ASB has again generously come on board to support the ever-popular ASB Gardens Magic concerts in the Botanic Garden. A great line-up of acts has been confirmed for the nightly shows - which will run from 14 to 25 March.

ASB is also sponsoring the new 'Sunset Sessions' concerts to be held 3 - 11 March in Shorland Park, Island Bay. Cr Morrison says this is a chance for families to grab a picnic and get down to the seaside for balmy evenings of music and a possible dip across the road at the beach.

"So it's all on in 2012 from Anniversary Weekend and going right through until the end of daylight saving. Whether it's arts, culture, sports or music, Wellingtonians will be spoilt for choice," says Cr Morrison.

Brochures with event listings for Summer City will be out on 13 January, and on Facebook you can follow event announcements, such as bands performing for ASB Gardens Magic. 'Like' us at:

Summer City Wellington - Facebook website

For event details, visit:

Annual Events - Summer City Festival