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Get off the couch and into the CBD’s Living Room


14 January 2005

Get off the couch and into the CBD’s Living Room

It’s time for Aucklanders to satisfy their curiosity next week as the first in a series of intriguing ‘Living Room’ events is revealed.

Upper Vulcan Lane is the venue for the initial ‘happening’ in the Living Room series, ‘Hang ‘n’ Out’, with the street showing off its colours in a celebration of Auckland’s diverse cultures.

The artistic installation runs from 24 January to 12 February, and will transform Upper Vulcan Lane into an alleyway with a southern-European feel that will have passers-by turning around for a second look.

Another unusual ‘happening’, Secret City Scape, will be taking place on one of the full moon nights between 24 and 26 January.

Secret City Scape encourages Aucklanders to step into a part of the central city that they have never entered before and get up close and personal with the man in the moon.

Viewers will be enticed by this intriguing ‘happening’, the work of Bryan Caldwell who designed the lighting for the Louis Vuitton 150th Celebrations and has worked on the musical Whale Rider.

To find out more, visit the alley between Fort and Customs Streets after 9pm on the full moon dates. Secret City Scape will be repeated at other locations during the full moon nights of February and March.

Music lovers are also in for a treat with Sound City, a series of four concerts being held in the CBD to celebrate Auckland’s identity.

Each concert has a different focus and includes wind instruments, a conch shell ensemble and a large percussion group.

The first concert in the Sound City series is called Landing and is being held on Friday 28 January in Vulcan Lane through to the Chancery, from 5pm onwards. It tells the story of people from the South Pacific migrating to Aotearoa, with Auckland becoming the ‘New York of Polynesia’.

The four Sound City concerts are composed by Kingsley Melhuish, whose trumpet playing and arrangements can be heard on albums by New Zealand artists such as Golden Horse, The Brunettes and Chris Knox.

Living Room is a pilot project that is part of the Auckland’s CBD Into the future strategy, which aims to transform Auckland’s CBD into one of the worlds most vibrant and dynamic business and cultural centres.

The Living Room series is funded from the CBD targeted rate and its aim is to lighten up the CBD and entice people to get out of the house and experience the CBD in a new way.

“The idea of Living Room is to celebrate who we are and where we come from as Aucklanders,” says event producer Pitsch Leiser.

“All of the Living Room activities are quite subtle but are designed to stimulate people’s senses, and will help to enliven the CBD during AK05,” he says.

Aucklanders can look out for the unique X-shaped ‘Happenings’ postcards being distributed by Ambassadors to find out more about each ‘happening’.

The postcards also have details about the Living Room competition, which gives Aucklanders the chance to win a $500 Shop Till You Drop Voucher courtesy of Heart of the City.

Auckland City’s website also has information on the happenings as well as details on the Living Room competition.

Please note that the free open air New Zealand short film sessions in Aotea Square will now show on the 16, 17 and 18 March.

Living Room events and activities:

1. Hang ‘n’ out
24 January - 12 February 2005
Upper Vulcan Lane

2. Secret City Scape
One of 3 days during full moon each month end of January, February, March 2005
24-26 Jan, 23-25 Feb and 25-27 March
After 9pm
Alley between Fort and Custom Streets
Mills Lane
Alley between Shortland Street and Chancery Lane

3. Sound City
Every Friday, 28 January - 18 February
5pm onwards
Vulcan Lane through to the Chancery including Freyberg Place

4. Poetry on the Pavement
7 February - 26 March 2005
Various locations around the CBD

5. Free open air NZ short films
16-18 March 2005
9pm - 11pm, Aotea Square.

6. Containing Migrations
25 March - 8 April
Outside Town Hall, Aotea Square


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