Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 9, 2016

Red

Filed under: Colours,Festivals,Markets — paul @ 7:06 am
Swiss Flags

Swiss Flags

Gunn (of Stavanger Daily Photo) noticed that yesterday’s Swiss Market post was predominantly blue. So I have to balance this with what obviously was the colour of the day: Red.

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

Red

May 8, 2016

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Filed under: Festivals,Music — paul @ 7:05 am
Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Alphorns and yodelling by the Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group at yesterday’s Swiss Market – always a treat!

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

Swiss Kiwi Yodel Group

April 11, 2016

At the Festival

Filed under: Festivals,Music,Titirangi — paul @ 8:33 am
Procession

Procession

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.

Blowing his Trumpet

Blowing his Trumpet

Everybody joins in

Everybody joins in

Percussion

Percussion

March 14, 2016

Indonesia at Pasifika 2016

Filed under: Festivals,Western Springs — paul @ 7:02 am
Peacock Dancer

Peacock Dancer

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.

Angklung Players

Angklung Players

Peacock Dancers

Peacock Dancers

November 15, 2015

New Year and Light

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Food — paul @ 9:45 am
Mountain of Food

Mountain of Food

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.

In the Hall

In the Hall

Shoes stay at the entrance

Shoes stay at the entrance

Making Memories

Making Memories

Montain of Food

Montain of Food

In Front of the Temple

In Front of the Temple

October 16, 2015

Festival Faces

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,People — paul @ 8:49 am
Festival Faces

Festival Faces

At last night’s opening of the 2015 Whau Arts Festival in Avondale (October 15-18). There were even some Avondale Spiders.

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

Festival Faces

October 14, 2015

Preparations

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Festivals — paul @ 7:55 am
Floral Fence

Floral Fence

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.

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

Woven Fence

At the Plantation

At the Plantation

September 12, 2015

A Book Launch

Filed under: Festivals,People,Titirangi — paul @ 8:15 am
Edith and Patricia

Edith and Patricia

“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.

Creatures from the bush

Creatures from the bush

Festival flags and school children

Festival flags and school children

August 23, 2015

The T in Robot

Filed under: Festivals,Titirangi — paul @ 9:31 am
Tasty Space Tea

Tasty Space Tea

“We put the tea in robot” was the sign at the roundabout – referring to the “Tea Lounge” event that has taken over one of the gallery spaces at Te Uru Contemporary Gallery for the 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.

Photo Opportunities

Photo Opportunities

Linda T

Linda T

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July 15, 2015

Sacred Chisels

Filed under: Art,Festivals,Seasons,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:07 am
Sunnah Thompson at Work

Sunnah Thompson at 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).

Chisels (Swiss Made)

Chisels (Swiss Made)

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Sunnah and Tiriwa

Sunnah and Tiriwa

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