Combine three things New Zealand's culture capital does well — craft beer, music and art — you've got a sure-fire formula for an entertaining night. The City Gallery may seem like an unlikely place to spend an evening, but this program is stacked with interesting talks, enchanting performances and delicious boozy delights, making your decision to venture to the art gallery after hours an easy one.
The panel includes writers Redmer Yska, K. Emma Ng, and curator Reuben Friend who will be responding to This is New Zealand, an exhibit which explores the role art has played in asserting and questioning notions of national identity. City Gallery Book Club returns with host Emily Perkins, who will be leading discussions on the anthology of New Zealand love poems My Heart Goes Swimming, new literary journal Aotearotica and Max Harris' The New Zealand Project.
Later, acclaimed folk musician and one of New Zealand's most evocative songwriters Nadia Reid will perform live alongside a special guest playing the Parekōwhai piano. Light supper treats will be served. Don't forget to bring cash for the bar so you can sample a refreshing Tuatara beer, Seresin wine or an artisanal soda from Six Barrel Soda Co.