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First Thursdays

First Thursdays

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  • Thu 5 Dec ’13, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Karangahape Road, Karangahape Road, Newton, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


First Thursdays

Christmas is coming to K’ Road and true to the street’s subversive reputation, it won’t be in traditional style. Celebrations kick off with the precinct’s signature late night art event First Thursdays - boasting a fiesta theme this time – in conjunction with an inaugural light show, Highlights, which will cast a creative spotlight on a selection of the precinct’s character buildings over ten days.

The sight of the former Rendell’s building shattering and being reconstructed brick by brick and giant Christmas balls cascading down the exterior of the adjacent Ironbank complex are just some of the virtual experiences onlookers can expect to encounter at Highlights.

‘We’ll be making shapes, putting things into shapes and making things come out of shapes,’ says the light show’s creator Dan Davis. A digital specialist of four years standing he’ll be trialling new 3D technology which he hopes will ‘get K’ Road on the map for Christmas and match the area’s creative and forward thinking culture.’

The light display will focus on different buildings between Queen and Pitt St each evening with some projections being fused with music from local café Verona. And launch night on 5 December is expected to provide a fitting backdrop for the staging of the final First Thursday’s of the year which will be taking place across three of the precinct’s arcades including St Kevin’s, La Gonda and Cross St from 6-9pm.

A Mexican flavour will be infusing First Thursdays with a roaming Mariachi band scheduled, free Day of the Dead face painting on offer and a masked Lucha Libre wrestler inhabiting St Kevin’s to dispense sweets.

‘We decided on the theme of fiesta because it encompasses celebration, festivity, colour and diversity which is what First Thursdays is all about,’ says event co-ordinator Laura Forest. ‘And our Christmas First Thursdays will be more about fun and playfulness rather than getting bogged down with northern hemisphere snowflakes and tradition,’ she says. To this end patrons are invited to negotiate an interactive tunnel in La Gonda Arcade, engage with a steam punk vending machine at St Kevin’s Arcade or kiss under a rose bower infused with mistletoe at the top of the steps leading to Myers Park.

Laura’s pragmatic festive season sentiments are echoed by her director of activities in St Kevin’s Arcade, Rose Jackson. Having invited traders from along K’ Road to provide pop up sales of confectionery and jewellery inside the heritage arcade as a complement to the variety of vintage, handcraft and designer fashion goods already on offer there, she believes shoppers will appreciate the opportunity to take part in a locally-inspired Christmas. ‘You’ll be able to buy from vintage retailers and really clever New Zealand designers who make their own stuff.’ Conversely, ‘you won’t hear any naff Christmas tunes, be forced to buy plastic junk or find yourself stuck in a mall,’ she says.
For the full programme of First Thursdays and Highlights activities visit www.firstthursdays.co.nz

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