Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Arts celebration rounds off summer events season

Whanganui & Partners is proud to continue its support for Artists Open Studios and Whanganui Walls as the culmination of an exciting summer 2020 events calendar.

Jonathan Sykes, Whanganui & Partners’ Strategic Lead – Brand, Events & i-SITE, said that summer events are an effective way to both draw in visitors and ending the season with a celebration of the visual arts reinforces Whanganui’s identity as a creative centre.

“These two events are part of how we see ourselves as a city and reinforce our heritage in the arts in a modern context. It also attracts visitors whose interests align well with our attractions and often end up returning.”
Artists Open Studios offers a chance to meet local artists as they open their studios to the public over two weekends. In 2020, AOS will be held over the 21-22 and 28-29 of March. This will be its 20th year, and Sykes says the event is going from strength to strength.

“With 84 studios open and 121 participating artists, AOS is the perfect way for Whanganui and its neighbouring regions to showcase the local breadth of talent in the visual arts. The Artists Open Studios Trust are doing a great job of developing the event into a cornerstone of our summer events calendar. There’s been increased interest in corporate sponsorship, which is something we want to help facilitate.”

Street art festival Whanganui Walls is only in its second year and was originally anticipated as a biannual event, but positive feedback from the inaugural event persuaded the organisers to bring it back for 2020. It will be held March 19-22.

“Whanganui Walls engaged a lot of people and had a great vibe, but what’s really special about this event is that it leaves a long-lasting impact on the look and feel of our city, which creates new opportunities for promotion. For example, the Edith Collier mural contributed to Ridgway Street being named New Zealand’s Most Beautiful Street this year,” Sykes said.

“The event also appeals to a younger audience, which is currently an underdeveloped market. The street art creates a point of interest for younger visitors throughout the year.”

Whanganui & Partners also supports key events such as 3 Bridges Marathon, Cemetery Circuit, Whanganui Opera Week, Whanganui Vintage Weekend and have supported in bringing new events to Whanganui recently such as Spring Challenge and the Labour Party Conference.

To support these events, Whanganui & Partners provides funding, promotional advice, marketing resources and connects organisers to relevant opportunities.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland