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1865 - Dunedin Heritage Festival 2015

1865 - Dunedin Heritage Festival 2015

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  • Sun 30 Aug ’15, 10:00am – 9:30pm


Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

In 1865 Dunedin was the first city to elect a City Council and Mayor. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of that year Dunedin's Heritage Festival 2015 will present a diverse programme of unique events from 28 – 30 August. The programme features activities that celebrate the city's literary, architectural, artistic and industrial heritage with exhibitions, public lectures, performances and public events that allow people to immerse themselves in tales of Dunedin's history and celebrate its future.

Don't miss Open City, Dunedin: a city rises exhibition at DPAG, heritage trails and walks for all, swing dancing and other intriguing events and performances.

Visit the website for full details and the programme of events during the festival and remember to book in where necessary!

10:00am – 5:00pm Exhibition: ’dunedin 1865: a City Rises’
An annotated photographic panorama of the city in 1865 and its rapid growth fuelled by the Otago gold rushes, curated by Jonathan Howard of Heritage NZ.
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Trust Bank 4 (Free)

11.30am Dunedin Shoreline Trail: Launch and Guided Walk
A new trail identifying the original shoreline and highlighting the 1865 development and its stories.
You can walk the trail at your own pace at any time by following the pavement markers.
Meet at shoreline pavement plaque, corner of Water St and Princes St (Free)

2:00pm – 4:00pm Swing Dancing
A short performance of Swing Dancing followed by a Charleston class for all ages.
Venue: Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Josephine Foyer (Donation)

3:00pm – 5:00pm Lawson Lecture
Lois Galer : "Putting the ‘social’ into Otago’s built heritage".
Bluestone Award :
Presentation in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the city’s heritage.
Venue: Dunedin Public Art Gallery Conference Room (Free)

2:00 – 3:30pm Farley’s Arcade: the Wildest Place In Town
6:00 – 7:30pm
8:00 – 9:30pm

A guided Interactive theatre experience exploring early Dunedin and the carnival atmosphere of a gold rush Saturday night.

End of Festival

Note 1: Farley's Arcade will have an extended season:
Thursday 3 September 8.00pm, Friday 4 September 6.00pm,Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September 2.00pm, 6.00pm and 8.00pm
Note 2: The Dunedin 1865 Exhibition will run to Sunday 27 September. Athenaeum, Octagon
(Tickets: phone 477 7697; early bird reduction before 26 August for two or more tickets)

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