Last weekend was the Titirangi Festival, with its traditional afternoon of music and entertainment in and around the village square. A few impressions from a couple of hours early in the afternoon.
Pasifika is a large annual festival of pacific cultures, this year again held at Western Springs last Saturday and Sunday. I had not noticed an Indonesian presence at this festival in the past, but this year they certainly did themselves proud: peacock dancers and players of angklung.
The Shri Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Avondale celebrated Diwali (the festival of light) yesterday, and with it a new year in the Gujarati calendar (year 2072, in fact). A large number of devotees joined the celebrations at the temple, with a mountain of food as centrepiece (nearly 1000 dishes prepared by many families for the occasion). The offering later to be shared amongst the participants. Chants, music and drums – a lively affair!
A welcoming community – thanks to Dee and Amar (DnA) for their kind invitation – sorry I could not stay very long.
At last night’s opening of the 2015 Whau Arts Festival in Avondale (October 15-18). There were even some Avondale Spiders.
Behind the scenes the planning has been going on for some time, but now the activity spills out into the open: the 2015 Whau Arts Festival will take place from October 15 to 18.
Murals in various stages of readiness have sprung up: Students from St Mary’s School are decorating what used to be a bland wooden fence behind the Plantation with floral art, and across the road Avondale Primary School are weaving patterns into the wiremesh. The walls of the Plantation (main venue, 1915 Great North Road) have been overpainted to make way for more mural art.
All in anticipation of the grand opening tomorrow 6 pm to 9 pm, three days of fun and creativity.
“Tiberius the Titirangi Mouse has more adventures”
We have encountered this cute creature before – and now author Patricia Ross and artist Edith Diggle have produced a sequel, much to the acclaim of the school class from Titirangi Primary School who came down to the library for this occasion. Congratulations!
Part of the “Going West” books and writers festival this weekend.
“Drink some tea! Dance with T! Experience a Te Uru gallery space in an entirely new way. Tea Lounge is a collaborative installation featuring legendary video installation performance artist Linda T (of LTTV and D.A.N.C.E. Art Club) and Tasty Space Tea, a West Auckland collective who aim to provide tea as a way of creating temporary and accessible community spaces. They share the common aim of finding ways for visitors to collectively participate in the making of an art event. Tea Lounge will feature music, tea and dancing as well as a ‘performance zone’ where a live feed of dancing feet will be projected back into the gallery, providing a fun way to see yourself as part of the work. ”
Once again Nga Whaotapu o Tāmaki Makaurau (The Sacred Chisels of Tāmaki Makaurau) are showing their craft at the Silo Six Pack, Wynyard Quarter. When I visited, master carver Sunnah Thompson was at work on a carving of Tiriwa (one of the ancestors of the Tamaki a Maki tribe), destined to go to Glen Eden Primary School. Always happy to engage with the public, informing, evoking responses. A collaboration between various local tribes, to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year), and to deepen their practice of traditional carving.
Check out Silo Park for details about Mighty Matariki Markets at the Wynyard Quarter, with more carving, music, instruments, tattoo and food this weekend (17, 18, 19 July).