Summer City Festival Final Weeks

12 March 2013

We’re in the final weeks of our Summer City festival and there’s still plenty to check out - including the Southeast Asian Night Market this weekend.

Women in costume at Southeast Asian Night Market.

Southeast Asian Night Market

Held every two years on the waterfront, this Saturday's market will showcase the cultures and foods of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The 10 member states are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The market features delicious food, colourful crafts and non-stop entertainment such as Indonesian puppetry, Malaysian teh tarik (back-and-forth tea pouring) and traditional games.

Also on this weekend is Wellington's Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday and Sunday). It started as a corporate challenge event 28 years ago, and its popularity has expanded into the sports sector.

The festival will be complemented by stalls and entertainment along the waterfront – dragon and lion dancers, stilt-walkers and food and clothing stalls.

Summer City organiser Rebecca Hardie says around 150,000 people have enjoyed the events so far this year.

“Thank goodness for the long, hot, scorching summer we’re having. Quite the opposite of the weather we were dealt last year.

“We only had to cancel one band during ASB Gardens Magic at the Botanic Garden, and used two postponement dates. We estimate over 35,000 people attended during those three weeks.

“The only other event affected was New Year's Eve - waterfront festivities still went ahead, but because of the winds, we couldn't use the fireworks. However, we finally managed to use them to welcome in the Year of the Snake.”

Our Summer City programme finishes at the end of March with Wellington's very own football world cup, Culture Kicks, at Wakefield Park.

For more information on Summer City, visit:

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