Wellington’s jumping right now. The NZ International Arts Festival 2006 starts tomorrow and wherever you go there’s something happening. My favourite’s the waterfront where my partner and I took a stroll yesterday evening and engaged in my first ever ferris wheel ride.
We started at the Freyberg Pool carpark, where swimmers were getting set up for some races and there seemed to be a film crew at the end of the jetty.
Next along the walk was Waitangi Park (coming along nicely) where the playground seems to be open at last, but what really took our attention was the art exhibition:
A free photographic exhibition of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s work will also be at Waitangi Park for the festival. Earth from Above shows landscapes from above, capturing images as diverse as glaciers and market gardens in Timbuktu. [Via Capital Times.]
Further along was the dome for the Arts Sautes aerialists (and I grabbed a couple of better shots of the wonderful models on poles down by Frank Kitts Park and the lagoon). Past Te Papa the crowds really picked up and included running and walking racers, dragonboat practice, the 100 foot ferris wheel.
[Click the thumbnails for larger images.]