9 Fun Things to Do This Weekend 26/05/16

Why not head along to a fashion show, art exhibition or take your dog for a portrait this weekend?

Artist Jade Townsend will have works on display at Scotties boutique throughout the month. Picture / Supplied

1. The inaugural Africa Fashion Festival is on this Saturday, with eight African creatives showing their designs. Organised by Africa Design Journey through Australasia (ADJOAA), the festival’s focus is providing a platform for vibrant and diverse African design talent in Australasia. Read our interview with one of the designers here.
— James Smith Building, Wellington, May 28.

2. Contemporary Pacific label MENA are set to show their latest collection in a charity runway show this Thursday night. Fashion for Fiji will aid cyclone Winston relief work in Fiji, raising funds for Habitat for Humanity. There will also be live entertainment, spot prizes and Pacific food.
— Hopetoun Alpha, Auckland Central, May 26, email info@menashop.com for tickets.

3. As part of Alt Group’s POP events that have been happening around town, a specially designed dog pavilion will be set up in Victoria Park this Saturday. Take along your pooch to pose for a personalised portrait, taken by a professional photographer.
— Victoria Park, Auckland, May 28.

4. This Friday, Homestead will be hosting the first event of their winter dinner series, The Dinner Crowd. Set in Pah Homestead’s drawing room, the three course dinner offers guests a chance to experience the historic building at night time.
— Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, May 27.

5. This will be the last weekend of NZ Music Month, with plenty of events still happening across the country. On the line-up is the Sugar & Spice Disco at Golden Dawn on Friday night, as well as the Auckland Youth Choir performing at St Matthew-in-the-City on Saturday.
— Various venues throughout the country, on now until May 31.

Homestead kicks off its winter dinner series this week. Picture / Instagram.

6. Take a look at the LED works from NZ-born multimedia artist Jade Townsend on display in Scotties stores over the next month. Initially commissioned by Comme de Garcons for its I.T Beijing Market concept store, the works examine consumerism and the high-end retail experience. Read the artist's guide to Beijing.
— Scotties Boutique, 2 Blake St, Ponsonby and 3 Lorne St, Auckland CBD, on now until June 23.

7. Tim Melville Gallery is currently showing Mirror by Johl Dwyer. Dwyer’s works aim to prompt contemplation and challenge the notions of painting.
— Tim Melville Gallery, 4 Winchester St, Grey Lynn, on now until June 4.

8. The Auckland Art Fair kicks off this week, bringing together 40 contemporary galleries under one roof for five days. Over 150 artists will be exhibiting works and chef Peter Gordon will also curate four popup eateries. Don't miss our guide to help you make the most of the event.
— The Cloud, Auckland Waterfront, May 25 – 29.

9. Akeakake.World is a new venture from Daniel Anderson that supports and promotes traditional and contemporary Maori art. A week-long pop-up gallery showcasing carvings, objects, paitings and homewares from emerging and established artists will open above Miss Crabb’s Ponsonby Rd boutique this Friday night at 6pm.
— Miss Crabb, 41 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, May 27 – 3.

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