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An Ornament to The Town - The Band Rotunda In New Zealand

An Ornament to The Town - The Band Rotunda In New Zealand

When:

  • Mon 13 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 14 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 15 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 16 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 17 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 18 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 20 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 21 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 22 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 23 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 24 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 25 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 27 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 28 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 29 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 30 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 31 Mar, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 1 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 3 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 4 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 5 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 8 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 10 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 11 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 12 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 13 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 14 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 15 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 17 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 20 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 21 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 22 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 24 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 25 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 26 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Apr, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 1 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 2 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 3 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 4 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 5 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 6 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 8 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 9 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 10 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 11 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 12 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 13 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 15 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 16 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 17 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 18 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 19 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 20 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 22 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 23 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 24 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 25 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 26 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 27 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 29 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 30 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 31 May, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 1 Jun, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 2 Jun, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

National Library

Band rotundas are an attractive feature of cities and towns across New Zealand. The popularity of brass band music led to some 100 rotundas being built from the 1880s to the 1930s - Wellington alone had six by the mid-1920s. Admired as civic 'ornaments', these elegant structures sheltered musicians while they performed, and projected their music out across parks, beaches and city streets. Rotundas also became platforms for public speeches, celebrations and protests.

This exhibition explores the unique heritage of the New Zealand band rotunda through photographs, plans, recordings and more. Because many rotundas have been destroyed over the years, now is a good time to renew our appreciation of this significant form of musical architecture.

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