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Sat 23 Jun 2012, 1:00pm–6:00pm

Where: West Coast Gallery, 48 Seaview Rd, Piha, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: West Coast Gallery

The west Coast Gallery transforms its grounds into a hub of marquees, workshop areas and performance spaces where everyone is welcome to come, participate, and celebrate Matariki as a community.

Our community kapahaka group will perform the powhiri at 1pm, signalling the start of our Matariki celebrations. Take part in free lantern and poi workshops and help us construct a giant "Creature of Light". Flag Fiesta provides a beautiful Matariki flag installation, there's facepainting for the kids and music and entertainment across the day. Share afternoon tea with us (provided) and check out the Gallery's awesome "Return of the Light" photography exhibition.

The celebrations conclude with our Grand Parade down to Lion Rock, as we follow our Creature of Light along a path of light installations. On the beach, light and fire performance group "Te Ahurei O Matariki" will dazzle us as the sun sinks into the sea.

This event is about community – to remind us how individuals gathering together can share their energy with amazing outcomes. Watch as everything we have created throughout the day illuminates the beach with our celebrations. See you there!

Events schedule:

1pm Powhiri by community kapahaka group
1.15 - 5pm Free workshops to create Lanterns, Poi & "Creature of Light". Music & Entertainment.
2 - 4pm Facepainting
4.30pm Afternoon tea provided
5pm Sunset parade of the "Creature of Light", lanterns & poi from the Gallery to Lion Rock *
5.30pm "Te Aruhrei O Matariki" performance @ the beach *
6pm Close

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