Spring is in the air and the coolest little capital is blooming with great things to see and do. From an internationally renowned design show extravaganza, to a film festival about dogs, to community tree planting, there’s something everyone can enjoy doing this month in the city.
Here are our top picks for the best things to see and do in Welly during September.
Eavesdropping is now on at City Gallery. Art and politics fans will be taken with this contemporary look at capture and control of our sonic world by state and corporate interests. Susan Schuppli from the London group Forensic Architecture examines the curious gap in audio-tape during the Nixon presidency and Sydney bases Wiradjuri artist Joel Spring brings recordings of conversations with his health worker-activist mother about a decrease that causes hearing loss in Aboriginal children. This exhibition makes for a fascinating look at the way eavesdropping has become part of the normal condition of social life.
Fat Girls Dance Club
4 September—9 October
Ever wanted to try dance classes but felt intimidated by the traditional formula? This month why not try Fat Girls Dance Club—dance celebrating the larger build. Live your music video fantasy through this six week block of dance classes with no mirrors, no weight loss language and no ability needed, just joyful expression for those who might usually feel excluded.
Top Dog Film Festival
Friday 6 September
Dog enthusiasts are going to love the Top Dog Film Festival, a 2-hour cinema extravaganza celebrating the bond between humans and our four-legged friends. A carefully curated programme of canine stories brings tales from independent filmmakers around the globe offering a heartfelt event for dog lovers all ages.
Plant Trees For A Better City
Saturday 7 September
Looking to get outdoors this month? Why not help Conservation Volunteers plant trees on Mount Victoria as part of a long term plan to create a forest right in the heart of Wellington. Supported by the MPI Billion Trees fund, a partnership between Wellington Rotary Club and City Council aims to plant 65,000 trees to create a greener space and healthier environment for Wellington. They are looking for volunteers, so what better way to give back to our beautiful city and spend some time in the great outdoors. No experience or equipment needed.
The Pink Hammer
Saturday 7 September—Saturday 5 October
The new play at Circa this month is all about breaking the mould. Ginette McDonald stars as Maggie Taylor who “guides us through basic carpentry skills and chisels away at the stereotype that has kept women out of the tool box for so long.” The Pink Hammer is a hilarious New Zealand play about relationships, girlpower and smashing a jackhammer through stereotypes.
Who The Folk Is That?!
Friday 13 September
Who the FOLK is that?! showcases up and coming talent from three young Wellington folk musicians; Isaac Chamberlain, Connor Moore and Seamus Johnson. Taking place in the Tuatara Brewery, this chilled and low-key gig makes for a perfect combination of local folk music and local craft beer that will make for a fun-filled, folk- soaked evening in the city.
Get Brewing At A Kombucha Workshop
Thursday 19 September
Have you been wanting to hop on the Kombucha bandwagon but struggling to find a starter? Well struggle no more as there's a one-day evening course for budding brewers coming to Welly this month where you can learn the end-to-end process for creating the perfect brew. From the ingredients and method, to restarting batches, everything is covered in this workshop. Kombucha is so hot right now and also very good for you, so now is as good a time as any to get your brew on.
World of Wearable Art
Thursday 26 September—Sunday 13 October
Wellington institution World of Wearable Art is back in the capital and it’s the big ticket this month. Over 115 designers from 40 countries will bring their spectacular wearable art designs to the city for a “Broadway meets Cirque de Soleil” show that is like no other. This year's Out Of This World theme is sure to produce simply mindblowing creations.
Sunday 29 September
Don’t worry, New Zealand Jazz legend Myele Manzanza isn’t quitting music, he’s just moving overseas for a while. Catch him at San Fran this month in his last concert on home turf before he goes. Myele will be joined by 15 of the countries most talent musicians for three sets. Don’t miss this jazz funk extravaganza that will have everyone dancing and give Myele the send off he deserves.
Image credit: World Of Wearable Art