Opening Night
1 March 2018
Te Marae, Te Papa

We had a wonderful evening, bringing Exhibition Coexistence to Wellington. Mayor Justin Lester opened the night and welcomed the international exhibition into our city and spoke on how lucky we are to have such a diverse community living side-by-side. Raphie Etgar, the creative director and curator of the exhibition, came from Jerusalem and spoke on the beginnings of Coexistence. Jill Oakley, the driving force behind bringing it to Wellington spoke on how excited she was to bring such a powerful exhibition. 

We were very fortunate to have two amazing multicultural groups perform on the evening: Mohan Sudusinghe and the Sri Lankan Drumming Group performed and then combined with the Gale Force Choir. Mayor Mike Tana closed the evening with a short blessings and concluded the end of a lovely night.

Coexistence Cultural Day
3 March 2018
Waitangi Park

Wellington brought out all the stops on 3 March with amazing weather and an incredible crowd! Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester opened the event alongside our MC Pearl Leonard from The Breeze FM who did an incredible job of introducing all our wonderful multicultural performances. Collection buckets and volunteers for the Pacific Disaster Relief were generously supplied by the Red Cross during the day.

The performers really made the day, displaying the diversity and unity of Wellington. The Pukehuia Kapa Haka group kicked off the event with a beautiful mihi, kapa haka and waiata and led the way to more incredible acts: WOSOSI, Booboosha, Kira, Sam Manzaza and the Afro Beat Band, Ras Judah, China Cultural Centre, Makatu'unga he 'Ofa Tongan Community, Ashinsha Ratnayake and the Filipino Choir. 

We were also very luck to give away some awesome spot prizes from local businesses including: Cafe L'affare, Commonsense Organics and Fix & Fogg.

Coexistence: A Conversation + Local Wellington Exhibition
6 March 2018
St. Peter's on Willis Church

Artists, students, family, friends and all Wellingtonians were invited to join in the conversation with Raphie Etgar, the curator of Exhibition Coexistence from The Museum on the Seam Jerusalem, and discuss how the exhibition came about and what we can do to spread the message of coexistence. 

St. Peter's on Willis Church hosted a lovely evening which included a beautiful opening with Brody Leathem playing the saxophone as people entered, Rose Lubransky singing an amazing original song written specially for the evening on coexistence, a Q&A with the audience, a touching and empowering speech by Matt Watson, the Wellington Winner whose art work will now travel internationally with the rest of the exhibition, and closed with Sam Manzaza playing traditional Congo drums. 

UNA NZ International Women's Day
8 March 2018
Hippopotamus, QT Hotel
Invitation Only
Sponsored by QT Museum Hotel

Coexist - A Coexistence WGTN Youth Event with Zeal
17 March 2018
Waitangi Park
Sponsored by Wellington City Council

Young creatives showed their true talent at the Coexist - A Coexistence WGTN Youth Event on Saturday 17th March. We had some really awesome performances showcasing the up-and-coming youth in Wellington. Special thanks to Zeal for putting together this event and the Wellington City Council for sponsoring!

23 MARCH 2018

A final hurrah to thank the Wellington artists who participated with Exhibition Coexistence. The artists' banners were brought down and gifted back to the artists as a thank you gesture and a reminder of the Exhibition and their hardwork.