Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events
facilitator Jan Maxwell unpacks some of the 40 Chinese
lanterns which will be used to decorate Buckingham St,
Arrowtown, for the first time during Chinese New Year.
Photo by James Beech.
Arrowtown is getting into the spirit of Chinese New Year
with t'ai chi and brush painting classes, a screening of a
Chinese-inspired New Zealand film and fun activities for young
Buckingham St will be decorated with traditional lanterns for
the start of the Year of the Horse, on January 31, until
Tutor Stan Chan will lead Chinese brush painting workshops
for a limited number of patrons aged between 8 and adult, in
the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall on January 31.
The 90-minute workshops cost $5. Materials are provided and
classes begin at 9.30am and noon. Bookings are essential via
Registrations are open for children aged between 6 and 13 to
join in themed activities at the Lakes District Museum to
celebrate Chinese New Year, for $30 a child.
Education officer Amy Taylor organised a day of Chinese
mask-making, exploring the Chinese settlement and learning
its history, playing traditional Chinese games, gold-panning
in the Arrow River and watching the New Zealand film
Illustrious Energy about the hardships faced by
Taoist T'ai Chi Queenstown hosts free classes of one hour to
teach t'ai chi, an act of meditation to promote health and
wellbeing, on Buckingham Green at 1pm and 2.30pm.
Dorothy Brown's Cinema presents The Red House, a New
Zealand-made romantic drama about a couple in their senior
years and of different ethnicities, Kiwi and Chinese, being
forced apart by family duties.
The 75-minute debut film by director Alyx Duncan stars Lee
Stuart and Meng Jia and won the prize for best self-funded
film at the 2012 New Zealand Film Awards.
The Red House will screen at 8.30pm and admission is
$18.50 an adult, $15 a student/senior and $10 a child.
Booking is advised.
Queenstown Lakes District Council arts and events facilitator
Jan Maxwell said although brush painting had been held before
and proved popular for Chinese New Year, the date of the
holiday period this year fell within the Sumerdaze Festival
and could be incorporated into that programme.