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Te Papa Celebrates 10th Anniversary

11 February 2008


Te Papa Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Day Long Festival

Te Papa is celebrating its 10th birthday with a 12 hour festival of music, dance, workshops and floor talks on Saturday 16 February from 10am – 10pm. All events are free and a full programme is attached.

Te Papa will swing into the celebrations with a range of acts and activities throughout the building including the City of Wellington Pipe Band, Dutch Street Organ, Cook Island drummers, kapa haka, weaving demonstrations and hula workshops.

Festival highlights include the reprisal of Gareth Farr’s composition Te Papa, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and guest singers, celebrated Indonesian dancer Didik Nini Thowok performing with the Gamelan Orchestra, a special kung fu performance by the world-renowned Shaolin Monks and Te Papa curators showcasing precious objects from the collection.

At 12noon, visitors will be able to sample a piece of Te Papa’s birthday cake – a massive 20m long chocolate lamington in Te Papa’s Oceania function room on Level 3. It will take the chefs almost 20 hours of continuous baking and 12 hours of preparation to ensure the cake is ready for the celebration. A Super Sausage Sizzle will also be on sale throughout the day in the Amphitheatre.

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained with Discovery Centre craft activities, face painting by the fabulous BodyFX team, roaming costumes characters and Cadbury’s will be giving away free chocolate fish from 11am – 5pm.

The evening will see performances by Wellington Ukulele Orchestra and the Real Hot Bitches comedy dance troupe and Julia Deans of Fur Patrol before the fabulously lavish Queen of the Whole Universe pageant is staged in the Wellington Foyer. Fireworks by Te Papa’s waterfront will conclude the day.


10.15am –11am DJ Raw – hip hop pioneer, producer, and world-class turntablist
11am –11.30am Te Ahikaaroa – kapa haka
11.30am–12 noon Shaolin Monks – kungfu show
12noon – 12.30pm Dougie B – beat boxer
12.30pm–1pm Legacy Dance Crew – 2006 World Hip Hop Dance Championship finalists
2pm–2.45pm The Beat Squad – samba, hip hop, lounge, funk, D&B, and Afro rhythms
3pm–3.30pm Sanjay Dixit – tabla performer
3.30pm–4pm Didik Nini Thowok Indonesian Dance
4pm–4.30pm Te Ahikaaroa – kapa haka
5.15pm–5.45pm BattleSka Galactica – ska explosion!
6pm–6.30pm Wellington Ukulele Orchestra
7pm–7.45pm Real Hot Bitches – 80s comedy dance troupe
8pm–8.45pm Julia Deans (Fur Patrol)

THE MARAE, Level 4
11am – 11.30am Caitlin and Sika – world instruments
11.30am–12 noon The O’Connors – New Zealand duo, bilingual folksingers
12 noon–1pm Whitireia Performing Arts
1.15pm–2pm Hula Workshop
2.30pm–3pm Carlos Navarrete – Mexican mariachi guitarist
3.15pm–4.15pm The Real Time Liners – blues band
4.30pm–5pm Caitlin and Sika – world instruments
5pm–5.45pm Hula Workshop
5.45pm–6.15pm Niho Taniwha – kapa haka
6.15pm–6.45pm Lorenzo Buhne – Italian folk singer
6.45pm–7.15pm 21st Century Indian Dance Workshop

10.30am –11.15am Didik Nini Thowok Indonesian Dance with Gamelan Orchestra
12 noon–12.30pm Musical Island Boys – barbershop quartet
1pm–2pm The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), conductor Hamish McKeich, with Whirimako Black, Debra Wai Kapohe, Derek Hill, and Mere Boynton
2.30pm–3pm Didik Nini Thowok Indonesian Dance with Gamelan Orchestra
4.30pm – 6.30pm Te Papa Collection Items ‘Show and Tell’
7.00pm – 7.30pm Capoeira performance

8.45m–9.45pm Queen of the Whole Universe Pageant – drag queen extravaganza

10am–3pm Dutch Street Organ (30 minutes on the hour, except 1pm)
10.30am–10.45am Cook Island Drummers
11.30am – 11.45am The Beat Squad – samba, hip hop, lounge, funk, D&B, and Afro rhythms
2.30pm – 3pm City of Wellington Pipe Band
10pm–10.10pm Fireworks by Te Papa’s waterfront

OCEANIA, Level 3
12 noon–12.30pm ‘Giant Birthday Lamington’ Cake-cutting – grab a slice!

5pm–5.45pm Amazon Trio – string trio with a difference!
6pm–7pm Robbie Duncan – freestyle guitarist


10am–6pm Make a Te Papa birthday badge.
10am–11.30am Whip up a whale tail pendant.
12 noon–1.30pm Fashion a fantastic festive flag.
2.30pm–4pm Construct a sizzling summer sombrero.
4.30pm–6pm Make a unique wearable ukulele or create a beautiful Chinese lantern.


- ‘Super Sausage Sizzle’ sale, Amphitheatre, Level 1

- Ngäi Tahu weaving demo, 11am–5pm, Signs of a Nation, Level 4

- BodyFX – face painting

- Kids, look out for roaming costume characters!

- Plus a Cadbury chocolate fish giveaway, 11am–5pm, Amphitheatre, Level 1

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