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15 Jan 2024

Elevate

Hamilton City Council Creative Communities Scheme is open!

Starting 2024 with a funding hit!

20 Dec 2023

Advocate

Creative year. Creative Summer.

As we come to the end of another year of creative mahi at Creative Waikato, working alongside our rich and wondrous creative communities,…

15 Dec 2023

Connect

Reflections from Creative Waikato Board Chair Sam Cunnane: The art of listening and connecting

Creative Waikato Board Chair Sam Cunnane shares reflections on the art of listening and connecting.

6 Dec 2023

Advocate

Shared experiences to connect futures

How can a simple cuppa can be a catalyst for meaningful change?

1 Dec 2023

Connect

That’s a Wrap… Around

Whiria te Tāngata a year on: Leafa Wilson shares her experience.

23 Nov 2023

Advocate

Scenes: The Power of a Creative Group

Have you considered the impact of Creative Communities in modern society?

3 Nov 2023

Advocate

Leading with artistic vision

Dr. Jeremy Mayall explores the vital role of artistic leadership has in shaping a version of the future that is hopeful.

25 Oct 2023

Connect

Caring for our Creative Communities

Creative Communities of the Waikato, pop the jug on. CW is on the way…

11 Oct 2023

Elevate

Creativity Every Day is now live

Improve your wellbeing and cultivate creativity as a life-changing skill Creativity Every Day Programme – and it’s now live!

29 Sep 2023

Advocate

Understanding the value of arts, culture and creativity

In times of election we hear a lot of conversation about policies, value and change. There will be talk of the economy and the social…

27 Sep 2023

Connect

Toi Maaori in your face in Garden Place

Toi Maaori Ki Kirikiriroa is a wrap, so let’s recap…

25 Sep 2023

Advocate

Two Ticks for Arts, Culture and Creativity

Discover the vital link between government, arts, and community wellbeing. How can your vote can shape a thriving creative ecosystem? We…

22 Sep 2023

Advocate

Nurturing Mental Wellbeing Through Creativity

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is here to reminding us of the tremendous power of creative activity and the connection to our mental wellbeing. Take a…

21 Sep 2023

Advocate

Fostering Resilience with the CCS Festival Fund

The Hamilton City Council CCS Festival Fund is here to reinvigorate Kirikiriroa’s Festivals. How it can support your local festival or…

31 Aug 2023

Advocate

A Daily Creative Habit

Creative Waikato CEO, Dr. Jeremy Mayall explores creating daily habits. And creativity is on that list!

29 Aug 2023

Connect

Community, Creativity and Ngaa Toi Maaori in Garden Place

Join us for Toi Māori Ki Kirikiriroa Community Day: workshops, live music, kai – A vibrant celebration of ngaa toi Maaori

23 Aug 2023

Connect

Waikato Pasifika Fono coming to Kirikiriroa

Barbara Bilcich is sharing the exciting news of an event for Moana Pasifika artists to connect and be inspired.

11 Aug 2023

Connect

Toi Maaori ki Kirikiriroa Waananga

He kai moo too kete – Food for your basket

9 Aug 2023

Connect

Nurturing Wellbeing Through Creativity

Nick Clothier meets with Matamata Intermediate to investigate their unique Creatives in Schools journey.

7 Aug 2023

Advocate

Waikato Performing Arts Strategy

Developed with our community to enhance the future of Performing Arts in the Waikato.

4 Aug 2023

Advocate

The door is open for new Committee Members

Hamilton City Council Creative Communities Scheme Funding Committee are calling for nominations… Now!

27 Jul 2023

Connect

Artists, connection and community – an observation of Whiria Te Tāngata

A catch up with Whiria te Tāngata as we share the connection between artist and community.

18 Jul 2023

Elevate

ELEVATE: towards a growing and thriving creative sector

Megan Lyon explores the Elevate programme over time after its initial launch.

7 Jul 2023

Advocate

Restorative Energies: Art and Healing

How does the wellbeing benefits of artistic activity support healing and healthcare? Dr. Jeremy Mayall explores the connection.

12 Jun 2023

Advocate

Does creative activity allow you to bend time?

Dr. Jeremy Mayall is analysing the marvellous contemplation of the science between creative activity and the perception of time and what…

26 May 2023

Connect

The Spiral Effect

Creative Education Specialist, Nick Clothier, reveals how introducing creative professionals into schools is hitting the right notes.

17 May 2023

Connect

Creatives in Schools: Is it making a difference?

Your introduction to the Creatives in Schools programme and how is it becoming a phenomenon in our Waikato communities.

4 May 2023

Connect

Whiria te Tāngata: Meet the Mentors

Meet our Whiria te Tāngata mentors. Our 10 artists-in-residence are paired with a mentor to provide wrap around support and help them on…

3 May 2023

Elevate

Enriching a strong Māori arts practice

Writer Megan Lyon is delving into the experiences of the ELEVATE Toi Māori cohort and explores how it has deeply impacted the Māori…

1 May 2023

Advocate

Calling all superhumans!

Want to make a difference to communities throughout the Waikato region through the power of arts, culture and creativity?

5 Apr 2023

Advocate

Singing with a shared voice

Dr. Jeremy Mayall, CEO talks about creative advocacy and collective impact

4 Apr 2023

Advocate

Supporting Creative Professionals

Dr. Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor shares our new research that focuses specifically on the wellbeing of creative professionals.

24 Feb 2023

Elevate

Alchemy in Action

Megan Lyon catches up with Elevate participant Jessica Moughan and explores her affinity with the natural world.

9 Feb 2023

Advocate

2023 – Creativity and Meaning in a New Year

CEO, Jeremy Mayall reflects on 2022 and also setting intentions for what might lie ahead in 2023.

7 Feb 2023

Elevate

The Integrated Creativity Resource – A Long Strange Trip

Nick Clothier shares his journey of looking into what teachers need the most to incorporate creative experiences into their classrooms.

3 Feb 2023

Elevate

A Journey Of Developing Audiences

Sasha McLaren shares her journey understanding audience development and what this means for our Waikato creative community

25 Nov 2022

Connect

Whiria te Tāngata: Meet the Artists

Meet the faces of social impact – read the bios of the 10 artists on our multi community artist-in-residence programme.

25 Nov 2022

Connect

The Face of Social Impact – Artists Announced for Whiria te Tāngata

Meet the Waikato artists selected for Aotearoa’s first multi-community artist-in-residence programme – Whiria te Tāngata (Weave the…

18 Nov 2022

Advocate

Wellbeing and Arts, Culture and Creativity in the Waikato

We’re thrilled release the results of our investigation into the impact of arts, culture and creativity on our region’s wellbeing.

4 Nov 2022

Amplify

Causing something to start

A celebration of Leafa Wilson’s time as
South Waikato Cultural Activator.

3 Nov 2022

Elevate

Right On Time

Megan Lyon explores the curiosity and creativity of Artist, Teacher & Elevate participant – Hong Cumming.

6 Oct 2022

Elevate

A beginners guide to beginning – Social Media

Social Media – it’s not going anywhere and it’s just how we do things now. Let’s dive in.

30 Sep 2022

Elevate

New to Audience Segmentation? Step this way…

Explore Audience Segmentation with the latest from our Audience Development Specialist, Sasha McLaren

15 Sep 2022

Elevate

Bringing back the zing – Creativity in the classroom

Our Creative Education Specialist Nick Clothier shares what he’s working on to change and reframe education as we know it

15 Sep 2022

Amplify

Insights from the Performing Arts

We’ve engaged with a broad range of voices from our community to hear about visions for the future of the Performing Arts in the Waikato…

12 Sep 2022

Advocate

The art of voting in a local election

What your local candidates have to say about arts, culture and creativity.

1 Sep 2022

Elevate

Expressions of Interest for Whiria Te Tāngata are open!!

If you were given a wage, and 12 months to embed creativity in the community – what would you do?

26 Aug 2022

Advocate

Waikato election candidates invited to show up and listen to the arts

You’ve seen the billboards – local government elections are on the horizon and Creative Waikato has a plan to ensure the arts sector is…

24 Aug 2022

Advocate

Response to State of the Arts Survey – Key Messages and Findings.

The last twelve months have been incredibly challenging for the sector. Even with the challenges that have been presented, however, the…

16 Aug 2022

Elevate

Want more audience engagement with your mahi?

The first in a series of articles from Audience Development Specialist Sasha McLaren – exploring the definition of Audience Development…

5 Aug 2022

Advocate

You’re going to want to hear about Whiria te Tāngata

Imagine if you were paid to focus on your creative mahi, weaving it through your community, for an entire year….

4 Aug 2022

Advocate

Creativity, Kindness, and Wellbeing

Living, breathing creative act of kindness, Dr. Jeremy Mayall, shares some thoughts on navigating ‘fight or flight’ through kindness and…

4 Jul 2022

Connect

CREATIVE ACTS OF KINDNESS

A digital celebration of kindness as a force for social good. Commissioning 40 Waikato artists to celebrate kindness through digital…

30 May 2022

Connect

Help our communities share the stage!

Keeping tabs on the Waikato Regional Theatre? The next step in that vital process is an exciting opportunity for the right General…

20 May 2022

Advocate

Art, Diversity, and Celebrating Difference

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

For Creative Waikato, we know it is…

6 May 2022

Advocate

Be active in positive change

There’s a brand new way to measure the impact arts, culture and creativity have on wellbeing in the Waikato, and it’s live and ready…

14 Apr 2022

Advocate

Creativity and How to find it.

Guess what. Humans are creative. That means that if you identify as human, then you are creative too.

As we have been enjoying World…

29 Mar 2022

Advocate

Refreshed and looking at a bold future

Jeremy Mayall on Creative Waikato’s bold new look.
There are two fundamental things that shape what make us human – creativity and…

4 Feb 2022

Advocate

A 2022 Vision for Change

By Dr Jeremy Mayall
Creative Waikato, CEO
 
Change and interruption has been a defining feature of the past two years. There are…

20 Jan 2022

Elevate

Creative Communities Scheme funding now open

Calling all creatives in Kirikiriroa – Creative Communities Scheme funding is now open!
Hamilton’s Creative Communities Scheme…

16 Dec 2021

Advocate

Dr Jeremy Mayall: Take time to be silly

Play is an important part of the learning and development that all humans go through as we move through childhood into adulthood.
It is…

8 Dec 2021

Advocate

Painting a picture of the arts in Waikato

More awareness of the role arts, culture and creativity plays in a COVID-19 environment is critical.
That’s one of the key findings…

7 Dec 2021

Elevate

Dealing with the noise in your head

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato
There’s a lot going on at the moment. Many of us…

15 Nov 2021

Elevate

Creative Communities Scheme fund recipients announced

A raft of creative events are in the pipeline for Hamilton, following the latest round of the Creative Communities Scheme.
Twenty seven…

5 Nov 2021

Elevate

Moving past creative frustration

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato 
It’s pretty common for people to get frustrated…

5 Nov 2021

Amplify

Kyla Greening on good vibes and leaping into a creative career

Waikato singer-songwriter Kyla Greening releases her debut single Rich Girl today. She chats to Creative Waikato about how the ELEVATE…

29 Oct 2021

Advocate

Arts, culture and creativity in the future of local government

By holistically understanding the value that accessible arts, culture and creativity should play for all people, we can examine how this…

21 Oct 2021

Elevate

5 steps out of limbo

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato
A lot of us feel like we’re in limbo at the moment….

18 Oct 2021

Advocate

Shaping the future of arts, culture and creativity in Aotearoa

Manatū Taonga – the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) is seeking feedback on the proposed subject of: ‘Cultural…

6 Oct 2021

Connect

Cultural activator to unleash creative potential of South Waikato

A new cultural activator appointed for South Waikato is excited to hit the ground running to unleash the creative potential of the…

30 Sep 2021

Elevate

The Magical Creative Zone

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Doing arts…

21 Sep 2021

Advocate

State of the Arts survey – we want to hear from you!

Creative Waikato is calling for people who work in the arts, culture or creative sector to share their insights through a survey, with…

20 Sep 2021

Advocate

A Letter to the Sector

Tēnā koutou katoa
These continue to be uncertain times. It feels familiar, but also unusual at the same time. We endorse the necessary…

20 Sep 2021

Elevate

Get Creative Again

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato
 
Lots of people are finding it difficult to do…

10 Sep 2021

Elevate

Stay Grounded in Times of Change

By Stephanie Christie
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato
 
Uncertainty can really squash your creative…

7 Sep 2021

Amplify

CW on: Kindness

By Sasha McLaren, Michael Moore, Bethany Rolston, Claudia Latisnere, Alexis Holmes, and Jeremy Mayall.
Image by Kylie Fisher
As Waikato…

2 Sep 2021

Elevate

Create Motivation

By Stephanie Christie 
Creative Development & Creative Coach at Creative Waikato
In these strange times, it’s okay for your…

21 Jul 2021

Elevate

Funding now open for creative projects in Kirikiriroa

Creative Waikato is calling for applications from groups and individuals looking for cash to supercharge their next creative…

28 Jun 2021

Advocate

Humans are creative beings – Dr Jeremy Mayall on Innovating Streets

Humans are creative beings. This is how we have invented, adapted, innovated and imagined our way from the beginning of human life to…

24 Jun 2021

Amplify

Innovating Streets – It’s about recognising human diversity and designing for everyone’s needs

Hamilton Kirikiriroa Innovating Streets is an open invitation to embrace a kind of change that benefits, not just the arts, but the…

25 May 2021

Connect

Performance videos wanted for Chengdu International Sister Cities Youth Music Festival 2021

Hamilton youth performers, here’s an opportunity to have your performance work screened on stage to a live and global audience at the…

2 Feb 2021

Connect

We are recruiting – Creative Facilitator

Creative Facilitator
Applications are now closed.
Today is the perfect day to start something …
And by something we mean a…

2 Feb 2021

Connect

We are recruiting – Creative Development

Creative Development
Applications are now closed.
We’re looking for a particular type of person.
A unique and creative person, who not…

29 Jan 2021

Amplify

A stirring new performing arts development programme for Waikato creatives

BOIL UP will foster the creative development of new, high quality, original Waikato performing arts works, through a tasty blend of…

20 Nov 2020

Amplify

A boost for the arts is a boost for all – or nothing

Behold the rallying cry of the arts.
Right now, 9 outstanding Waikato based projects, direct from our own community, are running…

16 Sep 2020

Amplify

Taiohi Māori take their spotlight in performing arts

More than fifty Māori performing artists stepped into their spotlight following a four-week intensive mentoring programme for the…

11 Sep 2020

Connect

Boosting the Waikato region through art: Calling for Expressions of Interest

Boosting the Waikato region through art
CALLING FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGNS
Creative Waikato is collaborating…

31 Aug 2020

Advocate

Waikato councils encouraged to use art as part of their Covid-19 recovery plans

Waikato could lead the country’s Covid-19 recovery, using art as a first responder.
That’s the hope of Creative Waikato’s chief…

17 Aug 2020

Amplify

Performers transform Waikato streets into stages for Best Fest

A colourful wave of performances transformed streets into stages across the Waikato during a region-wide, one-day event to bring life and…

17 Aug 2020

Amplify

Hamilton makes Shroom for giant light sculptures

Twelve giant glowing mushrooms have sprouted in Hamilton’s Garden Place to bring joy to the diverse community and to boost the local…

17 Aug 2020

Amplify

Expert artists pARTner Up in new Hauraki initiative

In June 2020, He Mana Toi Moehau Trust/Creative Coromandel announced the launch of a new, much-needed arts initiative for the…

8 Jul 2020

Amplify

Creativity under restriction: a local perspective

Scott Granville, Chasing Time English
Image: Still by Dan Inglis from Breaking News, a Transmission project short film.
As we begin to…

8 Jul 2020

Elevate

Copyright vs copywrong in the arts

Who owns what and what can be used where are often difficult questions to answer when it comes to the arts. In a recent kōrero artists…

12 Jun 2020

Advocate

Weaving the fabric of wellbeing

By Creative Waikato CEO, Dr. Jeremy Mayallz
Buzzwords for 2020? COVID-19, Dr Bloomfield, and wellbeing.
The word ‘wellbeing’ aligns…

12 Jun 2020

Elevate

Funding boost for Hamilton creative scene through COVID-19

Hamilton City’s creative scene has received a $58,000 boost thanks to the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Hamilton City’s latest…

11 Jun 2020

Elevate

A practical guide to wellbeing through art

By poet, visual artist and creative coach, Stephanie Christie
When the pandemic reached New Zealand, our early, science-based reaction…

10 Jun 2020

Connect

Top 16 artists confront racism with creativity

Kotahitanga through creativity: Visual artist and experience curator, Sybille Schlumbom from Hamilton, is keen to spark crucial…

29 May 2020

Connect

Bounce back from COVID-19

Since March, the Waikato regional arts sector has been deeply affected by COVID-19.
Here’s a summary of how the creative sector is…

22 May 2020

Connect

Regional campaign to flatten the curve on racism

Image: Ten artists are being selected to create ten commissioned works with the same sentiment as Waikato’s new Te Tatau ki…

20 May 2020

Amplify

When Dancing is Life

“I started dancing at 5 years old and was involved with the theatre from a very young age. At that age almost everything you learn…

19 May 2020

Elevate

Building from ground zero

Let’s be honest, it’s been wild.
The COVID-19 storm has left us windswept, drenched and thrown off-balance. And now before we’ve…

18 May 2020

Amplify

What are the arts bringing to humanity right now?

By Kate Powell, cultural critic columnist
Image: Hannah Höch, Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly…

18 May 2020

Connect

Kotahitanga through creativity: Call for proposals for commissioned work

Kotahitanga through creativity
CALLING FOR PROPOSALS FOR COMMISSIONED WORK:
Creative Waikato, in engagement with our multicultural…

12 May 2020

Amplify

How to travel in lockdown

“To me, music is an excellent way to time travel! A memorable song can take you back to the first time you heard it, your senses…

5 May 2020

Amplify

The Art Of Simplicity

“To me, some of the ultimate moments in life are when all the ideas and busyness that sit up in my head melt away. Often that will…

24 Apr 2020

Advocate

Creativity as essential: bridging the gap

Dr Jeremy Mayall, CEO
Creativity is a vital part of a thriving and innovative society. It’s part of our core.
This is true at all…

20 Apr 2020

Elevate

Grow 7 creative habits: A youth guide

By Michael Moore, spoken word poet
We’ve been in lockdown for weeks now and for the young creatives of the world, what’s it been…

14 Apr 2020

Advocate

Why the arts matter now more than ever

By Paul Bradley, Creative Waikato
Image: Street art by Vera Bucsu and Bruce McLachlan, 11 Empire Street, Cambridge
In times of crisis,…

8 Apr 2020

Elevate

Bringing soul to your sofa

It’s a huge ask to get all 5 million of us to keep calm and stay home, stay healthy, stay sane, stay happy, stay cultured, stay…

7 Apr 2020

Elevate

Quarantine creative kids

Time in lockdown can be an incredible moment for you and your whānau to get creative. Artists around the country are behind you with…

3 Apr 2020

Elevate

So… what can I do?

Dr. Jeremy Mayall, CEO
Be flexible, be resourceful and be creative.
It is hard to comprehend the true scope of what is happening and…

3 Apr 2020

Elevate

Learning how to jump (and summersault and backflip) online

Online tools for artists in the new normal
Jumping online is easy. But now we’re being asked to summersault and backflip too. Artists…

3 Apr 2020

Elevate

Extra for sound experts: Using multiple audio sources in ZOOM

For the ordinary meeting or catchup, Zoom’s great. The audio and sound quality when you plug in your earphones or have good laptop…

1 Apr 2020

Elevate

Actually no, we didn’t cancel: An intro to livestreaming

Coronavirus said, “Cancel everything,” but the internet said, “No”.
With lockdown in place we’ve been ZOOMing…

18 Mar 2020

Elevate

8 artist hacks to adopt the ‘new normal’

At Creative Waikato, we’ve been closely following the Ministry of Health’s advice around the rapidly developing COVID-19…

4 Mar 2020

Amplify

Realising Beethoven 250 years on with Hamish McKeich

New Zealand’s largest Symphony Orchestra is touring the country to celebrate Beethoven’s 250 year-long legacy. Rather than a…

3 Mar 2020

Amplify

The Waikato Regional Theatre already exists… virtually.

Waikato fans of live performance can now experience what it will be like to look all around inside their future favourite venue.
From…

28 Feb 2020

Amplify

Unique NZSO tour brings Bach, Beethoven and more to regions

New Zealanders can enjoy the music of Bach, Beethoven and get up close with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as part of an innovative…

28 Feb 2020

Amplify

Colourful plans for Waikato’s premier street art festival

Eight national and international artists will be painting the town red, and a few other colours, during the fifth annual BOON Street Art…

20 Feb 2020

Amplify

Local dancer and choreographer turned theatre creator

Hannah McFarlane’s first original piece ‘Three Little Words’ will make its debut at the Hamilton Gardens Arts festival from the…

13 Feb 2020

Advocate

Creative Waikato Board in support of RNZ Concert

Art is powerful and we’ve seen, a hundred times over, how one piece can inspire and transform.
Recently, RNZ proposed major…

7 Feb 2020

Elevate

Large funding pool towards a new year of creative projects

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) Hamilton City funding round is now open to see a new year of arts projects off the ground.
In 2019…

28 Jan 2020

Connect

Dr Jeremy Mayall to lead Creative Waikato waka into 2020

Creative Waikato has a new leader at the helm with the CEO appointment of Dr Jeremy Mayall.
Mayall, composer and performer with a…

9 Dec 2019

Amplify

Artists revealed for Aotearoa’s largest mural

New Zealand’s soon-to-be largest mural now has mastermind artists behind it, preparing to bring it to life in January 2020.
A group of…

27 Nov 2019

Amplify

New writer in residence for the University of Waikato

From small towns in Waikato to a Japanese text – the newest writer in residence at the University of Waikato is set to take inspiration…

26 Nov 2019

Amplify

Cross-cultural arts collaboration strengthens indigenous voice

Artists from around the globe will descend on the Waikato this week for a nine-day hui to celebrate indigenous culture through art.
The…

18 Nov 2019

Amplify

Little theatre wins big for the second year in a row

Onewhero Society of Performing Arts (OSPA) has, for the second year in a row, won the Best Play Award at the Musical Theatre NZ Zony…

8 Nov 2019

Amplify

Shout of support for Waikato composer

Every year RNZ takes a nationwide poll to find our country’s classical music champs. We’re stoked to see the mahi and talent of…

7 Nov 2019

Advocate

Tautoko your locals this Christmas

We love all the goodness that comes with Christmas – whānau, decorations, pohutukawa in full bloom, BBQs, beach weather, and…

7 Nov 2019

Amplify

Mike Sorensen's journey into a career in dance

Mike Sorensen has been dancing since he was nine-years-old. Two decades later, the blood, sweat, and tears have finally opened the door…

31 Oct 2019

Amplify

Govt funding hits ‘go’ for Waikato Regional Theatre

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement today of Government support for the Waikato Regional Theatre is ‘the moment of…

30 Oct 2019

Amplify

Ngahau e Whā: Step into your spotlight

Thirty-five Māori performing artists took to the stage in a culminating showcase following an inaugural performing arts mentoring…

30 Oct 2019

Elevate

Financial boost towards creative activity

Twenty-nine Hamilton based community arts projects will receive part of a $58,000 grant pool towards their initiatives thanks to the…

16 Oct 2019

Amplify

Breathtaking design soars to new heights at WOW

Lisa Vanin, an artist from Cambridge, has made the region proud through her award-winning entry Kaitiaki at this year’s World of…

15 Oct 2019

Advocate

Introducing the Waikato region's new leaders

This weekend we saw a ripple of change across the region as each council’s new team of leaders were assembled following the 2019…

10 Oct 2019

Amplify

Silent and live art auction a must for art lovers

An ‘out with the old art and in with the new’ Creative Raglan Art Auction is on its way.
A fundraiser for the Raglan Old School Arts…

30 Sep 2019

Elevate

25 Day Creative Challenge

Whether you’re a one-year-old learning to walk, the CEO of a multimillion dollar corporate or somewhere in between, coming up…

23 Sep 2019

Advocate

Candidates' stance on arts and creativity

We’ll soon be voting for the next Mayor and Councillors to lead our districts for the next three years. The arts are at the top of our…

20 Sep 2019

Amplify

Postgraduate study has been life-changing for this artist

Like many art teachers, Claudia Avril was in a familiar predicament, pondering the question; how to continue a teaching career and…

16 Sep 2019

Amplify

Waikato performing artists pave historic new path to the stage

Three young Hamiltonians pave a historic new path to the stage having recently received unprecedented support following a new creative…

13 Sep 2019

Amplify

Waiata Māori Music Award winners announced

Pop collective Te Kākano, and singer songwriter Amba Holly were the big winners at the Waiata Māori Music Awards in Hastings. Te…

22 Aug 2019

Amplify

Run For Creative Health

We caught up with Rhiannon Jackson, a local artist and art tutor in the Waikato. With a passion towards the arts and teaching toddlers…

9 Aug 2019

Advocate

Meet the Candidates – Hosted by Creative Waikato

There’s an election coming up and we want to hear from this elections candidates how much they love the arts!

Creative Waikato…

31 Jul 2019

Amplify

Boon After Dark injects light into Hamilton

Five years on from the first Boon Street Art Festival in 2015, Boon is taking their creativity off Hamilton walls and onto the…

26 Jun 2019

Amplify

National Art Award nomination for Ngaruawahia Matariki project

Twin Rivers Community Art Centre in Ngāruawāhia has recently been  nominated for a national art award on the back of their success…

18 Jun 2019

Amplify

Major New Zealand artist Judy Darragh comes to Hamilton Girls High School

Hamilton Girls High School is delighted to welcome celebrated New Zealand artist Judy Darragh to work with students on a temporary art…

17 May 2019

Amplify

Winner of the Aria Competition

Congratulations to baritone Aidan Philips who is the winner of the Aria competition 2019 and the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Aria First…

11 May 2019

Amplify

Waikato artist wins Fieldays No.8 Wire Art Award

Hamilton artist Gaye Jurisich has taken out top honours in the 2019 Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award with her captivating piece…

9 May 2019

Amplify

Artist proposes to use sculpture to create 'an icon' for Whitianga

A Whitianga sculptor is hopeful one of his pieces will come to life in time for the next transit of Mercury in November.
Hans-Leo Peters…

2 May 2019

Amplify

Beauty and depravity to be revealed in new poetry collection by Cambridge author

The beauty and depravity of human nature as seen through the eyes of a diverse group of female characters is the focus of a collection…

31 Mar 2019

Amplify

Top Waikato poets' works showcased in new anthology

The Waikato might not be an environment that many might believe would inspire works of poetry – but you would be believing wrong,…

29 Mar 2019

Amplify

Free choral music in Hamilton Gardens thanks to the Hamilton Civic Choir

On Sunday 31 March at 2:30pm at the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Civic Choir will kick off their 2019 season with a free concert which…

22 Mar 2019

Amplify

Rotorua's first Fringe Festival to be staged next month

Rotorua’s first Fringe Festival will feature world-class theatre from local and international talent next month. The week-long…

5 Mar 2019

Amplify

Garden Place Becomes A Battle Ground

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of March sees Garden Place, Hamilton turned into a dance battleground. The NZ All Styles Championship 2019…

15 Feb 2019

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From underground performers to damehoods, the Topp Twins have come a long way

Their career spans 40 years and is emblematic of changing attitudes to gay and lesbian people. The Topp Twins, Jools and Lynda, started…

15 Feb 2019

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Top director backs premier venue in Waikato

A leading musical theatre director says the planned Waikato Regional Theatre will be “one of New Zealand’s premier venues” and a…

5 Dec 2018

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Wintec celebrates Waikato leaders with honorary awards

Image to the left: Health professional Peta Karalus has been awarded an honorary Fellowship Award by Wintec.
High achievers in the fields…

29 Nov 2018

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Avant-gardens: Line-up revealed for Hamilton's summertime arts festival

Penelope Scheidler, Scott Nery and Hilton Denis appear ready to go bananas in the cabaret show Deluxe Deluxe, one of the headline acts of…

27 Nov 2018

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The art of korowai: Waikato weaver has taught hundreds, made 29 cloaks

Maata McManus explains weaving like this: “open your legs, bring the old fella down, throw your legs up”.
And if you mess up…

26 Nov 2018

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Hamilton Fringe Festival

No experimental stone has gone un-turned for this year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival, with nearly 40 acts announced to hit the central…

12 Nov 2018

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Exhibition to mark David Lloyd Gallery decade

An exhibition of art works by artists who have exhibited at the David Lloyd Gallery in Hamilton during the past decade is to be held…

5 Nov 2018

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Waikato and Chinese artists exchange places, spaces and perspectives for new exhibition

A major new exhibition of modern art created by artists in the Waikato and the Chinese city Chengdu is opening this weekend .
Hosted by…

23 Oct 2018

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Stan Walker sings Waikato Regional Theatre's praises

Creative talent from Hamilton’s poorest areas – where Kiwi musician Stan Walker grew up – could be tapped with a …

17 Oct 2018

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The Creation of LOUD Creative

We are always intrigued and excited when new things pop up. This is no different. We managed to catch up with Mel Martin to chat a little…

11 Oct 2018

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Major national art award partners with Wintec

Next year will herald a change of venue for one of the country’s major art awards. The Waikato Society of Arts (WSA), in collaboration…

26 Sep 2018

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Comedy and characters of Vicar of Dibley coming to Hamilton's Riverlea Theatre

Comical British humour and a familiar cast of characters will grace the stage of the Riverlea Theatre next month.
Hamilton…

19 Sep 2018

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Spot The Difference

Antony is Samoan. Benny is Cook Island Māori. But no-one can tell the difference. Their hit show Spot The Difference tells the story of…

18 Sep 2018

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In The Spirit of Giving

A stalwart of Hamilton’s vibrant musical theatre scene has targeted his donation for the Waikato Regional Theatre towards its music…

6 Sep 2018

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Arts, culture and creativity can help New Zealanders age well

Arts, culture and creativity could play a key role to support better health and well-being in aging Kiwis as part of a Positive Aging…

5 Sep 2018

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Conducting Up A Storm

Timothy Carpenter needs no introduction. Born and bred in the Waikato, Timothy has credits that people only dream of. Here is a little…

22 Aug 2018

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Waikato Museum hosts art crime exposé

Curator and art historian Penelope Jackson compares a copy of Floral Still Life, by Adele Younghusband, with the original at Waikato…

8 Aug 2018

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National Contemporary Art Award winner epitomises contemporary

The winning work from the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award is the epitome of contemporary, featuring a structure and appearance that…

2 Aug 2018

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Māori teen shines in Ciara's new hit

Maiya Smith is only 13 but she’s in a class of her own in the latest music video of US popstar, Ciara. The song, Level Up, has…

30 Jul 2018

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Waikato's Orchestras Central receives record $140,000 funding from Creative NZ

A trust that brought together the talents of three orchestras has become the first in Hamilton to receive funding from Creative New…

26 Jul 2018

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Words will be had at Hamilton Book Month in August

Anyone who has struggled to express themselves will likely find guidance and inspiration from some of the masters of the art during…

20 Jul 2018

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Toi Wāhine Festival celebrates women’s creativity

Hamilton’s Toi Wāhine festival kicks off for the first time in August as this year marks the 125th anniversary of women’s…

20 Jul 2018

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Spark Festival at Wintec prepares for its 20th anniversary

Wintec’s annual Spark International Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design will be celebrating its 20th birthday this…

20 Jul 2018

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Creative New Zealand investing in the Waikato

Creative New Zealand will invest $27 million in a wide range of arts organisations through its investment programmes in 2019, and for the…

12 Jul 2018

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Artist, 95, proves you're never too old for firsts

You are never too old to have your first solo exhibition. Two members of the Waikato group Artnexus, Jean Horn and Vicki Carruthers, are…

10 Jul 2018

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New younger committee in charge of Fringe Festival

The Hamilton Fringe Festival is looking for fresh blood. A younger committee has been given control of the annual festival to attract…

5 Jul 2018

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Hamilton to get its Central Library back after a year-and-a-half

People have been pressed up at the windows of Hamilton Central Library, wanting to get inside.
On Monday, they can. It’s 19…

19 Jun 2018

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Value of vinyl in the eye of the beholder

There’s two Princes on offer. A world of distance and musical careers separate them and they’ve both been dead for some time…

15 Jun 2018

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Music hitting the right key for Cambridge High School students

With an appreciation of music as wide as Tchaikovsky to Taylor Swift, Three Cambridge High School students have hit the right chords…

15 Jun 2018

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Hamilton artist Amanda Herbet paints Cambridge's telecommunications cabinets

Artist Amanda Herbert has been putting a touch of colour into the seasonally grey, winter streets of Cambridge. The Hamilton woman has…

7 Jun 2018

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Hollywood adventure beckons for assiduous Hamilton songstress

If good luck is the residue of hard work, then fortune is surely set to smile broadly upon Coral Pitcher.
The 24-year-old…

5 Jun 2018

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Hamilton's Drury Lane dance school marks 50 years of shows

The Drury Lane dance studio in Hamilton is preparing to celebrate 50 years of annual recitals with founding teacher Aileen Downey still…

21 May 2018

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Award Winning Artist to present one-night exhibition

Hamilton, Waikato – The University of Waikato is delighted to present in collaboration with Award Winning Artist Yaniv Janson,…

18 May 2018

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Zinesters in Hamilton

Hamilton Zinefest celebrates the world of D.I.Y and independent creators with zines, indie comics and any kind of…

18 May 2018

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Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage

Budget 2018 lays the foundations for a significant programme of work that highlights the essential role the cultural sector plays in the…

15 May 2018

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Kiwi tenor superstar Simon O’Neill is back with the NZSO

Internationally renowned tenor Simon O’Neill will kick off a national tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Hamilton next…

15 May 2018

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Blink Film Production – Givealittle

Blink follows the story of Sally, a onetime could-have-been champion in a highly illegal, underground competition. Beaten, washed-up, and…

11 May 2018

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Hamilton students dominate art awards

Hamilton students have won the top three awards in an art competition for high schools in Waikato, Coromandel and Auckland.
Eva Shen from…

27 Apr 2018

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A Few Of My Favourite Things

When the Waikato Story publicity material was launched I felt a bit deflated truth be told. We were presented with a beautiful video…

27 Apr 2018

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Are we there yet? ‘35km Road Trip’ paves the path for a new kind of art exhibition

The Little Gallery brought an adventurous twist to art exhibitions with ‘35km Road Trip’, which opened last Saturday 21 April. The…

19 Apr 2018

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Waiclay brings creativity to Cambridge

Gail Drake will bring her interests in creativity and the Bruntwood Pukeroro Hautapu Hall together to put on the Evergreen Expo.
It…

19 Apr 2018

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$73m Waikato Regional Theatre gets 200 more seats

The proposed $73 million theatre overlooking the Waikato River would come complete with an art gallery, boutique hotel and retail…

9 Apr 2018

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Raglan artist to display artwork at United Nations in New York

Raglan artist Yaniv Janson will exhibit his paintings at the United Nations in New York in June. The idea of Please Do Touch came from…

22 Mar 2018

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Moving on up

Guest writer James Cain’s newest play has been shortlisted for the Playmarket Adam NZ Play Award. He shares some thoughts about how…

22 Mar 2018

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Loading Docs: Impact. Call for proposals

LOADING DOCS, New Zealand’s leading platform for high-quality short documentaries, is once again seeking proposals from New Zealand…

12 Mar 2018

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Frankton gets fancy thanks to street artists' endeavours

If the Hamilton suburb of Frankton were a person, it would be getting decked out in a brand new wardrobe’s worth of snazzy outfits….

9 Mar 2018

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Sculpture garden to be installed at Ruapehu Community Arts Centre

A new sculpture garden at the Ruapehu Community Arts Centre has been given the green light. Members of the Taumarunui Ohura Ward…

9 Mar 2018

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Music lovers of jazz, opera, catered for during Cambridge Autumn Festival

Jazz and opera lovers will have no problem getting into a musical mood at this year’s Cambridge Autumn Festival. Polish your shoes…

9 Mar 2018

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Giant Kārearea to soar over Waikato River in Hamilton's largest mural

A giant native falcon is spreading its wings above the Waikato River. The kārearea is central to a massive mural taking shape on a wall…

19 Dec 2017

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Datsuns to roar into Hamilton for Future City Festival

Widely regarded as the Waikato’s greatest rock and roll export, The Datsuns are heading back to Hamilton to headline a two-day…

19 Dec 2017

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$150,000 Grant Approved for Old School Arts Centre Raglan

The Lottery Grants Board has awarded the Old School Arts Centre in Raglan a $150,000 grant for the Creative Space project. This is…

11 Dec 2017

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Māori customs immersion for Creative Waikato team

Creative Waikato team members Paul, Craig, Adrienne and Michelle recently attended Te Tauihu at Wintec in Hamilton. Sarah and Era will be…

30 Nov 2017

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Calling all music and theatre lovers

Did you know we produce Music Matters, a fortnightly enews alert for all things classical, choral, and everything in between. For…

29 Nov 2017

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Ballet in action through words

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…

22 Nov 2017

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Artillery – Creative development workshops coming soon in 2018

After an amazing year, we have now finished the Artillery pilot programme of workshops. 55 workshops delivered to over 1000 people in 11…

4 Oct 2017

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Funding available for Coromandel arts groups and projects

Get a helping hand for your arts group or creative project through the Creative Communities Scheme. We’re taking applications for…

22 Sep 2017

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Theatre matters set for public consultation

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

15 Sep 2017

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Harbour to take centre stage for spectacular opening of 2018 New Zealand Festival

“Waka carry stories, art, science, knowledge whakapapa and performance. When the waka arrives it seeks relationships, contact and…

11 Sep 2017

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Hamilton Garden Arts Festival gets two new directors

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

8 Sep 2017

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New theatre would put Hamilton and Waikato back on the touring circuit

We’re $15m closer to having one of the best theatres in the country.
A proposed Waikato Regional Theatre could put Hamilton back…

8 Sep 2017

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Handmade: Dance stories from here and now

handmade: dance stories from here and now weaves contemporary dance, film and music together with the fabric of everyday life,…

7 Sep 2017

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It’s a wrap! Kiwis leave their mark on Edinburgh once again

From the powerfully provocative to the light-hearted, New Zealand shows and artists were a formidable presence at the Edinburgh festivals…