Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre presents


Saturday 28 September | 11am - 3pm

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we are opening our doors and throwing a big party. 'Expressions Big Event' will feature something for everyone. There will be live music from local legends Upper Hutt Posse, Lisa Tomlins and Wayne Mason as well as performances by New Zealand School of Music jazz quartet The Troubles, The Ukulele Institute and other local acts. Joining the line-up will be Newtown Rocksteady who wowed audiences at this year's WOMAD festival with their 12 piece reggae and jazz fused sound. Throughout the building Expressions will be filled with circus acts, artists from Upper Hutt in action, children's crafts and face painting to create a hive of activity. Visitors will also be able to get creative with The Imagination playground, a unique creative play scape where kids can build and play, and to record the moment have their photo taken with The Amazing Travelling Photo Booth. All for free!

It's especially pertinent that Wayne Mason joins Expressions for the day, as he performed at the opening of the building ten years a. Mason, keyboard player with the Fourmyula, wrote 'Nature' in 1969, and in 2001 New Zealanders voted 'Nature' as New Zealand's top song.  Fourmyula, which was from Upper Hutt, established itself as the most creative and energetic local band of its day.  Twenty years later Upper Hutt Posse formed, who are also local legends.  Renowned as the progenitors of hip hop music in the South Pacific, Upper Hutt Posse originally formed as a four piece reggae group in 1985, and soon they emerged at the forefront of the local response to emerging rap culture.  Their unique fusion of rap and reggae (in both English and Maori languages) has been an inspirational force in the national music scene, and a powerful vehicle for their revolutionary socio-political perspectives.  Also from Upper Hutt and making major waves internationally is Lisa Tomlins.  For over a decade now Lisa Tomlins has been one of the well-loved singing voices of Wellington and Expressions is thrilled to have her in the line-up.  Her unique blend of soul and jazz has seen her playing with Rhombus, Fat Freddy's Drop and more!  Now featuring is Upper Hutt's own X Factor star Maaka Fiso.  Soul singer Maaka Fiso has been active in the music industry for ten years and last year sang on the soundtrack for the Kiwi film Two Little Boys starring Bret McKenzie and Hamish Blake.

In celebration of the Steinway concert grand piano the Expressions has, visitors will be able to have a turn on playing the piano in the Genesis Energy Theatre. Visitors can book by contacting Expressions on 527 2168 or by putting their name down on the day.  Each person will be allocated five minute slot. 

As a special treat for a family who visits Expressions Big Event we have a voucher up for grabs from the Interislander for free return travel for two adults, up to three children and a vehicle, valued at over $600.  All visitors need to do is grab an entry form and fill in the correct answers to two questions to go into the draw to win.  There will also be various spot prizes on the day.