Wonderland Wednesdays

Inspired by the new Wonderland exhibition, these talks cover themes of animation, language, mental health, feminism, and creativity.

A Friends of Te Papa event. Tickets are also available for the general public.

  • When | Āhea Wed 5 Feb 2020, 5.00pm–8.00pm
    Wed 12 Feb 2020, 5.00pm–8.00pm
    Wed 19 Feb 2020, 5.00pm–8.00pm
    Wed 26 Feb 2020, 5.00pm–8.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu $35–$50 (includes entry to the Wonderland exhibition, parking, a welcome drink and canapé)

Wed 5 Feb: A History of Animation

Mariya Kalachova, Lead Animator at Weta, takes us through how animators have attempted to share the magic of Alice’s story on the big screen throughout the ages. 

There are at least 40 film and television adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, and many more based around the themes and ideas of Alice. Why is this bizarre and complicated tale so popular to adapt to film?

Buy tickets for A History of Animation

Wed 12 Feb: Language and Ideas

Hear translator and academic Tom Roa discuss how he translated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into te reo Māori, and the challenges in the process. Ideas and concepts don’t always directly translate from culture to culture, let alone taking into account Lewis Carroll’s unique use of language and poetry. Hear how Tom approached these issues along with discussion around the importance of language in the formation of identities and ideas of representation in societies.

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Wed 19 Feb: Feminine Creativity

Hear some of the best creatives in New Zealand discuss contemporary feminine creative practices and using art and storytelling to represent untold perspectives and to challenge the status quo.

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Wed 26 Feb: Wonder in Adulthood

Some of the most forward-thinking professionals in the wellbeing and creative industries discuss how they are making space for some childhood wonder, and why this is important to workplace happiness and mental health.

Buy tickets for Wonder in Adulthood


5–6pm: A chance to see Wonderland

6–6.15pm: Settle into the Te Marae, grab a drink and snack

6.15–7.15pm: Talk

7.15–8pm: Drinks and chats

Wonderland Wednesdays Combo

Buy tickets for all four sessions:

Member $120

Student $140

General public $180

Buy a Wonderland Wednesdays Combo