Waiheke Happenings Festivals, Markets, Creative Arts, Song & Poetry …
Easter weekend is the busiest weekend on Waiheke, partly due to the jazz festival which is held over the weekend at various venues. The festival is now called the Waiheke, Jazz, Art & Music Festival to reflect the wider range of events on offer, though you will stiff find some great jazz being played.
Rangihoua Estate is the venue for Good Friday Groove on Friday 19th with M C Tali and Louana Whitney among others, the evening concert on Saturday 20th with Trinity Roots, Hopetoun Brown & Frank Booker (not going to miss this one) and Sunday 21st for the evening Grand Finale. That’s excellent for me as Rangihoua is just a stone’s throw from where I live though I wish I could say it’s so close to my house that I can just roll down the road home … nah, I’ve got to stumble up the hill! Never mind.
I luckily caught the excellent A Tribute to Tom Waits show by Aaron Carpenter & the Revelators at Artworks Theatre first time around, and such was its acclaim that it’s included in the festival line-up, this time with a 10-piece band. Friday 19th 8.00-10.30pm at Artworks Theatre. https://www.waihekejazzfestival.co.nz
The island is busy with grapes being picked and olives being crushed, people strumming and humming and enjoying island life. And we are having two markets over the weekend. We’ll have the usual Saturday market at Ostend with heaps of things for the kids, and on Sunday, the Oneroa Sunday market which features artisan and handmade wares will be held in the Artworks courtyard (just a short walk up from the ferry). I’ll be at both with Shared Kitchen comestibles, and some special Easter treats, sharing my stall with Katy Soljak and her chilli sauce and chilli jam. Come and say hi!
And we’ve found a new venue for our poetry & song evenings. We’ll be holding these on the last Thursday of the month as usual (except in April when we have opted for Wednesday 24th so we don’t clash with Anzac Day). Our new home is FOUND Café in Surfdale. It’s such a cool spot, upstairs in the bohemian cocktail lounge. Plenty of room folks to bring your instruments (we provide the sound system) and your poems, with food and beverages available so you can whet your beak before warbling. Waiheke is lucky to have free events like these, so don’t be shy! FOUND Café 8 Miami Avenue Surfdale https://www.facebook.com/foundwaiheke/