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An Ornament to The Town - The Band Rotunda In New Zealand


Mon 29 May 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Tue 30 May 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 31 May 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 1 Jun 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 2 Jun 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: rubyrw6

Band rotundas are an attractive feature of cities and towns across New Zealand. The popularity of brass band music led to some 100 rotundas being built from the 1880s to the 1930s - Wellington alone had six by the mid-1920s. Admired as civic 'ornaments', these elegant structures sheltered musicians while they performed, and projected their music out across parks, beaches and city streets. Rotundas also became platforms for public speeches, celebrations and protests.

This exhibition explores the unique heritage of the New Zealand band rotunda through photographs, plans, recordings and more. Because many rotundas have been destroyed over the years, now is a good time to renew our appreciation of this significant form of musical architecture.

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