Summer fun on Queens Wharf

Food, music and street theatre all on the menu

Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013
Summer on Queens

SEASONAL FUN: The wharf will host musicians, street theatre and food stalls for the duration of the programme.

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Auckland's Queens Wharf has been transformed for summer into a living room that everyone can share.

The Summer on Queens programme was launched in early December and started up again on Friday with two elements - Kai on Queens and Play on Queens.

For the duration of the programme the wharf will host musicians, food stalls, live painting sessions and outdoor theatre both during the day and in the evening.

Queens Wharf manager Connie Clarkson, from Waterfront Auckland, said there was "something for everyone in the surprises and delights we have planned for the summer".

Kai on Queens will run on Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes and will see a range of local mobile food vendors set up on the wharf.

Food on offer includes Mexican, pizza, Japanese, gourmet bratwurst and frozen yoghurt, with different vendors each week and DJs to entertain the lunchtime crowd.

Play on Queens will be a series of free midweek pop-up events for the remainder of this month and into next, including live painting with local artists, drawing classes and a special installation for Valentine's Day. On Wednesday, January 23 theatre troupe 'Three Queens' will entertain with three short plays based on the trials and tribulations of love and lust.

The Artbox - the latest incarnation of a shipping container that was created for the Wellington Waterfront during Rugby World Cup in 2011 - will also be a feature at the wharf.

Clarkson said the container had been "transformed" into a gallery space with television screens, floor to ceiling light boxes and a cinematic experience complete with comfy sofas.

Each month a new exhibition will come into the space.

The first exhibition is Love & Dreaming by international film and video artist Burnett-Rose which looks at the idea of love and marriage and the impact Hollywood has. It runs until 22 February.

To find out what's happening: www.facebook.com/queenswharfAKL or www.queens-wharf.co.nz

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