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Funding available for Coromandel arts groups and projects4 October, 2017

Get a helping hand for your arts group or creative project through the Creative Communities Scheme. We're taking applications for the current funding round until Monday 30 October.

Successful applicants from the May 2017 funding round include Thames Music Group Inc for their Sunday Afternoon Series of Concerts, Art at Work for their Unearth the Past project, Connected Media for their Outlook for Someday free one-day film-making workshop and Kuaotunu Kindergarten Charitable Trust for their Handmaidens handcraft workshops.

In previous funding rounds, between $10,000 and $20,000 has been disbursed.

The Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board, made up of representatives… Read more

Strategy & Policy Advisor (Arts & Community) Position Open at Hamilton City Council3 October, 2017

Arts and cultural pursuits are important aspects for our growing city, and Hamilton City Council play a key role in both.

To meet the expectations of our artistic communities and cultural groups, and ensure they’re well represented in our plans and strategies, Hamilton City Council’s Community Group is currently looking to recruit a new member of its Policy and Planning Team. 

The successful candidate will join a Community Group which was recently restructured to provide better service to our organization, our units and our community. The right person for this role will be able… Read more

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