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Womens Day Parade and Picnic

New Zealand > Palmerston North > The Square, Palmerston North, New Zealand > 2016-03-08 > 12:00 pm

About The Event

Parade and Picnic. Celebrate. Share. Laugh. At 12pm We will be parading from Te Manawa Museum to Te Marae o Hine in the Square. There will be Giant Puppet representations of varied ethnicities who make up our city, along with women of all ages and abilities. We will be parading to and around the Square, to finish at Te Marae o Hine for laughter, celebration, songs, dances, and a few speeches. We will be having a shared Picnic, so bring a plate to share. Food can be dropped to Te Marae o Hine (in the Square) before the Parade. We are excited to announce there will be a mass dance for all women attending. We invite you all to join us in this powerful moment together. Moves for this mass dance will be taught at One hour Rehearsals to be held at Te Manawa Museum on: Tues Feb 16th at 11am. Thurs 3rd March at 11am and 12.15pm, and Sunday 6th March at 1pm. We also invite contributions for a collaborative Big Book, where women can leave a record of their experiences, thoughts, recipes, wishes. Paper will be provided, or things can be prepared in advance and bought along to add to it during the Picnic in the the Square. This will be a record/snapshot of women in the region and may be displayed within the community after Women's day. We will be working with newly arrived Afghani women to create their representative, and will also be making a spunky punky gal of euro descent with locals. These will join the 7 other Big Girls that have been created in past years with our diverse community, with representatives from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Aotearoa and the Pacific. Past creators are welcomed back to 'revisit/rejig' their Big Girls if they wish. We will be situated in the Wilkins Gallery Space, Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North on 1st, 2nd, 3rd of March 10-4pm. Proudly suppported by: PNCC Creative Communities Scheme Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & History Jennifer Moss Music English Language Partners

About The Organization

Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust

Listed within our kaupapa/ vision/missions are:
Create street spectacles for and by the community.
Raise awareness of environmental issues and positive
actions for change.
Help further understanding and appreciation of different groups that make up our communities.
Promote local pride and engender raising the profile of marganalised groups.
Encourage hopes and dreams.
Reduce - Reuse - Recycle - Renew.
Help people realise that being involved in their community can be cool.

About The Organizer

Bridgette Murphy

Giant Puppet maker and Creative director of REACT. She has been making Big Girl representatives with the local community for the past 10 years and involved in Street Spectacles for and by the people worldwide since the 90's.

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