The family fun quiz with Toby (right), Toby (centre) and the standout performer of the entire festival, A rocketship called Ronnie, singing You Are My Sunshine. Photo: Rebecca McMillan
The family fun quiz with Toby (right), Toby (centre) and the standout performer of the entire festival, A rocketship called Ronnie, singing You Are My Sunshine. Photo: Rebecca McMillan

BooksFebruary 27, 2021

The Garden Party 2021 – in pictures

The family fun quiz with Toby (right), Toby (centre) and the standout performer of the entire festival, A rocketship called Ronnie, singing You Are My Sunshine. Photo: Rebecca McMillan
The family fun quiz with Toby (right), Toby (centre) and the standout performer of the entire festival, A rocketship called Ronnie, singing You Are My Sunshine. Photo: Rebecca McMillan

Last weekend at the sun-drenched soundshell in the Botanic Gardens, Wellington, The Spinoff joined Verb Wellington to present the Garden Party and it was heaps of fun.

Photography by Rebecca McMillan 

On February 20 and 21, a brand new summer festival sprung into life. Held at Wellington Botanic Gardens ki Paekākā, The Garden Party was two busy days of live talks, live music, theatre, a family quiz, delectable food and more.

On the Saturday evening, at the Garden Party After Party, the Wellington Underground Arts Awards were launched by Verb, The Spinoff and Eleven. The idea: shine the spotlight on the unsung legends who make the capital city such a cultural wellspring.

The inaugural gongs (the “Buckets”, we’re calling them) were awarded in the group category to Vincents Art Workshop, a free art studio and exhibition space, providing access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition, and materials. Vincents was set up in 1985 in response to the deinstitutionalisation of psychiatric hospitals – many people with disabilities or mental health challenges were now struggling to integrate into communities.

And in the individuals category, to Jenny Neligan and Penney Moir. Jenny set up Bowen Galleries in 1981 and this year it turns 40 – no easy task in the up and down world of the arts and business. Penney Moir joined Jenny in 2003 and together they are  a constant source of strength for artists and producers in the city, providing space and support.

The Garden Party was supported by Wellington City Council, Creative New Zealand, Ocular, Eleven, Taki Rua, Naumi Hotels, Four Winds Foundation, and Vic Books. Heroes all.

The soundshell from above. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Beth and Annabelle. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Lucy, Eli, Duncan and Leonie at the Spinoff tent. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
MC Tessa. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Witi as the sun in the Taki Rua tour de force. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Claire, on brand. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Church, AP and Leonie. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Tom and Noelle. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Toby and another star singer. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Toby draws Toby and Toby. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Witi and Kim make up after a fight. Elizabeth watches on. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Tom and Noelle. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Claire at the garden party after party. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Claire, Toby, Toby and team Eleven. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Taki Rua on fire. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Mark is totes adorb. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Lucy and Emily. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Jennifer from Ponylane. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Bubble hunting. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Anna and Linda. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography-GardenParty-06261S
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Lakos aka Andrew. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
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Mighty Mish. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Also Toby and Toby, possibly. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
Nom. RebeccaMcMillanPhotography
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The Garden Party is a new summer festival celebrating talks, food and music in Pōneke. Brought to you by The Spinoff and Verb Wellington. February 20-21 2021, entrance free or by koha. More information.

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Mad Chapman, Editor
The Spinoff has covered the news that matters in 2021, most recently the delta outbreak. Help us continue this coverage, and so much more, by supporting The Spinoff Members.Madeleine Chapman, EditorJoin Members

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