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Fri 28 Aug 2015, 10:00am–9:30pm

Where: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: showandtell

In 1865 Dunedin was the first city to elect a City Council and Mayor; to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that year a long weekend of unique events will be held from 28 – 30 August during the Dunedin Heritage Festival 2015. The festivals diverse programme of events and activities will celebrate the city's literary, architectural, artistic and industrial heritage with exhibitions, public lectures, performances and public events that allow people to immerse themselves in tales of Dunedin's history and celebrate its future.

Don't miss Open City, Dunedin; a city rises exhibition at DPAG, seminar series , trails and walks for all and other intriguing activities.

Check our website for full the details of the daily programme and please book ahead where tours are limited!

10:00am – 5:00pm Heritage Trail for The Kids
Follow the pathways, passages, railways and highways of Dunedin’s past to uncover Toitū's transport treasures.
Venue: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Free)

12:30pm – 1:30pm - 1865 Dunedin: Festival and Exhibition Opening

Exhibition: ’Dunedin 1865: a City Rises’
An annotated photographic panorama of the city in 1865 and its rapid growth fuelled by the Otago gold rushes, curated by Jonathan Howard of Heritage NZ. Dunedin Public Art Gallery: first floor
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Trust Bank 4 (Free)

1:30pm onwards Meet the Farley’s Arcade Characters
Come and see the characters from Farley’s Arcade at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, talk to them and preview a little of the show. Venue: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Free)

2:00pm – 5:00pm Heritage Seminar
Richard Huber: "Farley's Arcade: How Shopping Created a City"
Bill Dacker: "Toitū: What’s in a Name?"
Tony Ballantyne: "Literature and Politics in Colonial Dunedin"
Venue: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum: Auditorium (Free)

8:00pm – 9:30pm Farley’s Arcade: the Wildest Place In Town
A guided Interactive theatre experience exploring early Dunedin and the carnival atmosphere of a gold rush Saturday night. Venue: Athenaeum, Octagon
(Tickets: phone 477 7697; early bird reduction before 26 August for two or more tickets)

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