The time has come when Whanganui artists will once again open their doors and invite the world in. Whanganui Artists Open Studios begins on Friday with the opening of the Starting Point exhibition at Wanganui Arts Centre on Taupo Quay. Originally an event for riverside studios, their idea has now blossomed into a large-scale Whanganui regional event encompassing over 70 studios and 200 artists' work.

THURSDAY
River City Artists
From beginners to established artists.
When: 9.30am-4pm
Where: Christ Church Community Hall, 243 Wicksteed St
Details: Val 343 6316 or 027 459 9448.

Kowhai Park Runs
When: From 5.30pm.
Where: Kowhai Park, Anzac Parade.
Details: Six-week series. Pay at event.

Meditation
When: 6pm-7.30pm
Where: Whanganui Community Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay
Details: Drop-in classes from Gen Demo from Amitabha Buddhist Centre. Suggested donation $12.

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Rakaunui Market
When: 5pm to 9pm
Where: Pakaitore
Details: Held every full moon for sharing, sustainability and improving the wellbeing of all who take part. Bring your own cutlery and plate for food.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
When: 6.30pm.
Where: Confluence, 15 Watt St
Details: In support of multicultural March, Confluence will be screening the documentary film Human Flow. Filmed over an extended period of time in 23 countries.
Entry $10 at the door or book at confluence.kiwi. Booking strongly advised.

Sonic Delusion
When: Open from 5pm, band starts at 9pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Hey Trouble single release tour. $10 on the door.


FRIDAY
Whanganui Unity March
When: 12pm
Where: Gather at Cooks Gardens entrance on St Hill St
Details: Walk to Majestic Square and stand together in support of Christchurch shooting victims. Flyover of planes from Whanganui Pilot Academy.

Starting Point
When: 5.30 pm
Where: Community Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay.
Details: Whanganui Artists Open Studios opening event. A chance to sample the delights on offer, pick up a guide and plan your personal arts trails.

Public meeting - the Future of our Polytechs
When: 5.30pm
Where: Stellar Restaurant & Bar, Taupo Quay
Details: Hosted by Adrian Rurawhe, MP for Te Tai Hauāuru who welcomes questions about the Governments plans.

Peace Vigil for victims of Christchurch shootings
When:6.30pm
Where: Handspan sculpture, Queenspark.
Details: Please park in Watt St or by the Alexander Library and walk up. Fire ban in place so please bring LED lights only.

Bib Kids with Lucky Jim, Ursula Le Sin and Strange Stains.
When: Open from 5pm, band starts at 9pm
Where: Lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: Gimp Software EP release tour. $10 on the door.

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SATURDAY
Artists Open Studios
When: All Day
Where: Various locations
Details: Pick up a trail guide for $5 or upload at openstudios.co.nz
River Traders' Market
When: 8.30am-1pm.
Where: Downtown Whanganui riverbank.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

Walking Tours
When: Tours leave 10am and 2pm each Saturday, Sunday
Where: Whanganui i-Site
Details: Learn about Whanganui's history, buildings and people. $10 per person. Other times are possible - call the i-Site in good time.

Model Railway Open Day
When:1pm - 4:30pm
Where:70a Alma Rd
Details: The Wanganui Model Railway and Engineering Society have hundreds of working models on display. Gold coin entry.

Blue Child Collective NZ tour
When: Open from 5pm, band starts at 9pm
Where: lucky Bar + Kitchen, 53 Wilson St
Details: From Australia with Em jay Angeni supporting. $15 on the door.

SUNDAY
Artists Open Studios
When: All Day
Where: Various locations
Details: Pick up a trail guide for $5 or upload at openstudios.co.nz
Castlecliff Market
When: 11am-3pm.
Where: 5 Bryce St, Castlecliff.
Details: Goods, produce, food.

MONDAY
Whanganui Film Society
When: 7pm
Where: Davis Theatre, Watt St
Details: In This Corner of the World - animated tale tracing the life of a young girl who marries into a family in Hiroshima during WWII from filmmaker Sunao Katabuchi See nzfilmsociety.org.nz
Grassroots Singers
When: 6.30pm
Where: Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff Beach
Details: We welcome new (and current) singers. Ph Mary Ann 06 343 9981.