The Big Girls visit Wellington

On a cold, clear Saturday evening in August, Wellington’s waterfront hosted an illuminated parade celebrating cultural diversity and women’s rights, and marking Suffrage 125.

Women and children carrying lanterns mixed with the larger-than-life-sized 'Big Girls' puppets, which danced among the crowds.

The parade marked the conclusion of an exhibition and supporting workshops (pictured at right) held at Wellington Museum by Bridget Murphy and Jim Richards from the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre (REACT).

At the workshops, women of settled and newly arrived communities made lanterns to carry at the parade.

The Big Girls, the larger-than-life puppets representing women of diverse cultures, have also been produced by multicultural women's workshops.

"We have a whole family of Big Girls now that we have developed with all these amazing women over the years," says Murphy.

"Our goal is to work with more migrant- and refugee-background communities to add to the diversity of the Big Girls and increase their representation and visibility in Aotearoa."

To find out more more about the Big Girls and REACT, visit:

www.rangienviroartscentre.org/big-girls.html