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Wander through a wonderland of WearableArt(tm)

NEWS RELEASE 12 September 2008

Wander through a wonderland of WearableArt(tm)

Walking around the city will be a feast for the imagination in the run-up to the Montana World of WearableArt(tm) Awards this year. Over the next few weeks Wellington City Council, the World of WearableArt(tm) and Montana will display twenty historic pieces from Nelson's WOW® Museum as a Montana WearableArt(tm) Wander in central city locations.

From 22 September, people will be able to see award-winning garments from previous shows in central locations including the City Council offices on Wakefield Street, the City Gallery, Te Papa, various sites along Lambton Quay and the TSB Bank Arena on Queens Wharf.

The Council's Recreation and Events Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says that instead of putting on a WOW® parade as we have done in previous years, the city is going to try something new as part of hosting the big event.

"I reckon the Wander will get the whole city into the swing of things," says Cr Morrison. "It's not every day you get to wander past works of art from a collection spanning 20 years, with all sorts of strange names like Grim Furry Tales, or stranger still, Groper."

"Thousands of fans flock to the Capital to experience the extraordinary world of WOW®, and they are sure to appreciate this. People consider me a man of sport rather than a man of fashion, but I for one am really looking forward to seeing the show and checking out the WearableArt(tm) Wander."

The garments along the mapped-out walk are all created by winners of various sections in previous Montana WOW® Awards. People can pick up a set of postcards detailing the works of art and their locations at the TSB Bank Arena, Wellington City libraries, recreation centres and pools, as well as Te Papa, the City Gallery, the Museum of Wellington and cafés throughout the city.

"The chance to let Wellingtonians take in the genius of past entrants really appealed to us," says Glen Candy, Montana's Sponsorship Manager. "The Montana WearableArt(tm) Wander will allow many more people to revel in the magic of the show."

Now in its fourth year in Wellington, the Montana World of WearableArt(tm) Awards show brings to life more than 300 garments in a theatrical extravaganza of music, drama, choreography, lighting and comedy. The shows start on Thursday 25 September and run until Sunday 5 October.


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