Auckland’s pink path Te Ara i Whiti is turning two.
To celebrate on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 6pm to 10pm there is a free block party along Lightpath/Te Ara i Whiti and Canada St (just off K Road). Experience the city by night in traffic-free spaces brought to life with roving entertainers, live music, art, food and festivity. Festival-goers are warmly encouraged to arrive and explore on foot or wheels, to maximise the fun.
For the Lightpath Festival, Canada St will become a pop-up piazza: a convivial place to eat, drink, play, and hang out under the stars, with music from the main stage by K Road DJ collective, The Grow Room. The Mercury Plaza car park will be transformed into an open-air dining room, with delicious Asian cuisine from Mercury Plaza’s 12 food vendors, and sweet treats from local dessert and coffee makers.
At 6:00pm, all are welcome to join the festival parade, starting at Lightpath’s Canada St entrance and launched with a rousing waiata from the Auckland Street Choir. Paraders will roll along the pink path accompanied by the irresistible New Orleans-style jazz of the Auckland City Scoundrels, culminating in sweet treats, selfies and song with the Caluzzi candyfloss drag queens.
All evening long, Lightpath and Canada St will sparkle with artful surprises to discover, including teeny tiny bikes, the Funky Space Cats, trick cycling, the Real Pyramid Schemer, and stunning interactive installations – like Poi Magic by Mei Hill, Tania Remana, Olivia Haddon and Angus Muir – while those with wheels can try zigzagging through the slalom obstacle course or grinding along Def Store’s skateboard rail. More programme highlights to come; follow Bike Auckland on social media for updates.
The block party is hosted by Bike Auckland, with sponsorship and support from Barfoot & Thompson, Paperboy, Auckland Council, Waitematā Local Board, Auckland Transport Walking and Cycling, NZ Transport Agency, SKODA New Zealand, K Road Business Association, Traffic Design Group, Brothers Beer, Electric Bicycle Hub and Mercury Plaza.
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