A taste of the Shire at Hobbit market

Waitangi Park to be transformed for Hobbit

Last updated 12:07 12/11/2012
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TRANSFORMATION: Waitangi Park will become a Hobbit artisan market for the film's premiere.

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A taste of the Shire will be on offer at Waitangi Park in the build up to the Hobbit premiere.

A film-inspired artisan market, featuring the work of 30 artists who contributed to the Sir Peter Jackson film, will run for five days, from November 24 until premiere night for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on November 28.

The market will also sell Hobbit-themed food, and hold costume competitions and prosthetic displays - including a demonstration showing how to transform into an orc.

Outdoor showings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy will be played on consecutive nights from Sunday, and on premiere night, a live-stream from the red carpet will be broadcast on a big screen.

Wellington City Council events portfolio leader John Morrison said the events were planned for families and those wanting a more spacious way to enjoy the premiere events.

The world premiere of Return of the King in 2003 saw a crowd of 100,000 people pack into Courtenay Pl and the surrounding areas.

Matt Dravitzki, a spokesman for Peter Jackson, said the market was a great opportunity for the capital to celebrate the talents of its local artisans.

''We're very lucky to live and work with an incredibly talented and diverse range of artists and craftspeople here in Wellington.''

The market will run from midday to 6pm daily, with food stalls remaining open during the evening film viewings and red-carpet screening. 

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- The Dominion Post

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