What to do this long weekend

Last updated 05:00 31/05/2013
Sheilah Winn competition

BRINGING BACK THE BARD: 47 schools are to compete in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare festival, on until Monday at Wellington East Girls' College.

Cat show
FANCY FELINES: Cats like this rather striking Devon Rex will be looking their best for the National Cat Show in Kilbirnie this Sunday.
FEELING CRAFTY: All things DIY will be celebrated at Handmade this weekend.

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There's plenty to do at Queen's Birthday Weekend. We take a look at some of the big events happening around town. 


Crafting, collecting, baking and creating are celebrated at this year's Handmade festival. Masterclasses, lectures and workshops are offered in a variety of topics, allowing those attending to learn a new skill or become more advanced in their favourite hobby. This is the third year the event has been held in Wellington, and it includes masterclasses from Ruth Pretty, Martin Bosley, Tamsin Cooper and Rosemary McLeod. Head to handmadenz.co.nz to see everything on offer and book your spot.


Don't be alarmed if you spot Darth Vader walking along the waterfront with a Harajuku Girl, Bilbo Baggins and a Khaleesi inspired by Game of Thrones. This year's Armageddon brings out the weird and wonderful. Held over three days at Westpac Stadium, the expo will feature Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh card tournaments, cosplay (costume play) competitions and zombie alley, where you can rid the world of brain-eating zombies. Big names attending this year's expo include Jason Momoa, who plays Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, Yeardley Smith, who voices Lisa in The Simpsons, and The Hobbit stars Aidan Turner and Dean O'Gorman. Tickets available from ticketek.co.nz.


Imagine the glory of winning a challenging pub quiz, multiply that by a thousand and you might be getting close to how it would feel to win the 2013 world quizzing championships. More than 30 countries are participating at more than 80 venues in the hope of becoming the next world champion of trivia. To enter, head to the Downstairs Bar at The Royal, 132 Lambton Quay, at 7pm tomorrow for a 7.30pm start. Kiwiz Trivia Quiz Nights is hosting the event and putting up a $100 prize for the Wellington winner. Pre-register by emailing andrew@quizit.co.nz or phone 0800 TRIVIA. Head to worldquizzing.com for details.


His impact on contemporary art and pop culture cannot be ignored and now Te Papa is exhibiting a selection of Andy Warhol's work. Warhol: Immortal opens to the public tomorrow and features pieces on loan from The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. More than 150 pieces, including video and self-portraits, are included in the exhibition, which has been curated by Te Papa's contemporary art curator Sarah Farrar. The exhibition runs till August 25 and admission costs apply. Head to tepapa.govt.nz for details and to book your visit.

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Fencers from around the country are descending on Wellington armed with their foil, epee and sabre to compete in the North Island fencing championships. More than 70 competitors are attending from as far afield as Dunedin and Auckland to duel it out at Wellington Girls' College Gym in Murphy St, in Thorndon. The event runs from tomorrow till Sunday. Details at fencingcentral.com.


The Bard is in the spotlight this weekend with the annual Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand's National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. Casts from 46 high schools around the country have prepared dramatic excerpts from Shakespeare's plays to perform on stage. They include a Maori version of Macbeth, Henry Vset in a World War II makeshift hospital in France, and a contemporary spin on a romantic love scene from the ever-popular Romeo and Juliet. The five-day event runs till Monday at Wellington East Girls' College, with public performances tomorrow and Sunday. Tickets are adults $10, students $5 from dashtickets.co.nz or on the door (cash only). Information at shakespeare.org.nz.


If you're a feline lover, the place to go is the National Cat Show, where the most preened and pampered cats will be strutting their stuff for a national award. It's on at the Indian Cultural Centre, Kemp St, Kilbirnie, from 10am till 4.30pm on Sunday. Admission adults $8, child or senior citizen $4, family $20.

- The Dominion Post


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