Dowse Birthday Bash - a day of creativity, music and play!

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Cheers to 50 years! Join us this summer for a day of celebration for the whole whānau. 

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at something totally new, create a masterpiece of your very own or take a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the secrets in the museum, Dowse Birthday Bash will be bursting at the seams with fun!

Bring your lunch and join us for a picnic in Dowse Square at 12pm, then let loose on The Dowse and let your imagination run wild!

The day will feature spectacular performances from a host of party-starters, including the very funny Fun & Funner, starring actor & comedian Karen O’Leary (Wellington Paranormal, What We Do in the Shadows, The Breaker Upperers) and Tom Watson.

Inspired by current exhibition, Terminus, a choose-your-own VR adventure experience, join the game development team from Gamefroot to design and play your very own computer game! Bring along a trinket to be gilded in gold-leaf in Occupation Artist’s performance, All That Glitters, or step foot into the The Dress Up Jam marquee to uncover your alter ego and express your theatrical spirit.

With selfie drawing, raranga weaving, puppetry, tours, dance and much, much more, Dowse Birthday Bash is not to be missed!

Mark the date in your calendar! 

The programme:

12 – 1pm Picnic in Dowse Square (Bring a picnic lunch)
12 – 1pm, 2 – 3pm Face painting
12 – 4pm Selfie drawing
12 – 4pm All That Glitters gold-leafing
12 – 4pm Dress Up Jam
12 – 4pm Gamefroot video game design
12 – 4pm Imagination Playground
1.30-3pm String Bean Puppets
1 – 3.30pm Raranga weaving
1, 2, 3pm Behind the scenes tour

Featuring live performances from
12pm Niko Ne Zna (Balkan brass extravaganza)
1pm Fun & Funner (featuring Karen O’Leary)
1.45pm Inano Dance
2pm Amba Holly & Neha Gate
3.15pm Sri Lankan Dance Academy