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Published on : Friday, October 28, 2016
With just six months to go until the WMG2017 Opening Ceremony, organisers have announced Queens Wharf as the social hub of the Games – featuring a diverse entertainment programme for participants and the public, stretching from arts and cultural displays, to food and wine, to comedy and music.
WMG2017 Chief Executive Jennah Wootten says the festival is a huge part of every World Masters Games.
“Athletes come to compete on a world stage against their peers, but they also want to party, to soak up the vibe of the host city, and meet their fellow participants along the way,” she says.
“Queens Wharf will be the hub of the Games for both competitors and the public. We hope the combination of arts, performance, food and culture will showcase Auckland at its best and build a sense of belonging for the whole city.”
WMG2017 is working in conjunction with Auckland Arts Festival and award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, performer, director and producer Tama Waipara, who is responsible for shaping the programme for the Queens Wharf Entertainment Hub.
Mr Waipara says Queens Wharf will be about celebrating a group of people coming together to do something exceptional.
“This is a chance to show off our city so we’ll include any and every flavour of the city we can pack into it – from the physical location to the people and what they can do,” he says.
The festivities on the wharf will commence with a weekend of welcome from Saturday 22 April and conclude with the Games Closing Ceremony on Sunday 30 April.