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Central Library earthquake strengthening to proceed22 September, 2017

Work on earthquake strengthening of Hamilton’s Central Library will proceed following a decision by Hamilton City Council today.

The Council voted 10-1 in favour of a $635,200 project which will see work undertaken in back-of-house areas, to bring the building’s New Build Standard (NBS) rating up to 34 per cent, and allow the library to reopen.

The library was closed in November 2016 due to concerns about its ability to withstand a seismic event. A particular concern was an area of the building around a stairwell, in a staff-only area. The Council’s senior managers were not prepared to keep the building… Read more

Theatre matters set for public consultation22 September, 2017

Two significant theatre projects will be the subject of public consultation processes following today’s Hamilton City Council meeting.

The Council wants wider public feedback on the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre and the future of Founders Theatre, which was closed in February 2016 due to safety concerns.

Founders remain under the Council’s management and ownership, while Momentum Waikato is leading planning and design work for the proposed Waikato Regional Theatre.

Sean Murray, the Council’s General Manager of Events, Venues and Tourism, says both theatre issues are significant to the wider community so it’s prudent for the Council to seek public opinion.

Mr… Read more

Ballet in action through words15 September, 2017

In a first for the Royal New Zealand Ballet the season of Romeo and Juliet offered a live audio description of Romeo and Juliet  for blind and visually impaired patrons at the performance on Sunday 3 September.

BLOGGING ABOUT BALLET: Áine Kelly-Costello, who is a blind student in Auckland, describes the many pleasures of going to an audio described the performance of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's Rome and Juliet with her mother. Read Áine's blog

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Harbour to take centre stage for spectacular opening of 2018 New Zealand Festival15 September, 2017

Waka carry stories, art, science, knowledge whakapapa and performance. When the waka arrives it seeks relationships, contact and togetherness.”- A Waka Odyssey Creative Team 

A mass assembly of waka hourua (twin-hulled ocean-going waka) from around the Pacific and Aotearoa will descend on Wellington Harbour at dusk on 23 February, opening New Zealand’s largest international arts Festival with an unprecedented spectacular work by A Waka Odyssey Creative Team Anna Marbrook, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr and Kasia Pol.

Developed through a unique partnership between A Waka Odyssey Creative Team, New Zealand Festival and Te Āti Awa / Taranaki Whānui Iwi, tens of thousands of people are expected on Wellington’s waterfront to… Read more

Hamilton Garden Arts Festival gets two new directors11 September, 2017

Veteran arts event organisers Sally Barnett and Bronwyn Bent have been announced as the co-directors for the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

Both originally from Hamilton, Barnett and Bent bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the event.

Their arts resume is lengthy and includes stints at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, the Auckland Fringe Festival and Auckland Live in various roles as producers, directors and audience strategists.


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handmade, dance stories from here and now7 September, 2017

Waikato Contemporary Dance Projects Trust presents a collection of contemporary dance works integrating video, music and poetry on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of September at 7.30pm at The Meteor Theatre.

Crafted in Waikato for our communities, these dance works weave live performance and projected images into the theatre space, including two new video dance works screened for the first time in Hamilton. handmade is suitable for dance fans of all ages.

Choreographer and filmmaker Marie Hermo Jensen present Anew, filmed in the Italian Renaissance Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, and Karen Barbour presents Slow Drift filmed in Snow… Read more