Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The No.8 Wire - Issue 11

An Electronic Alert for 388 of Wellington's Creative People


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trans_2004-2005:Akiyoshidai International Art Village Residence Support Program calls for Artists!!

"trans_2004-2005 Residence Support Program" is carried out with the aim of supporting young artists' experimental artistic activities, without having a border of disciplines of art and nationalities. Residents will be strictly selected by he Selection Committee of the Residence Program of Akiyoshidai International Art Village. During the residency period, artists will create works and its ideas in collaboration with the curators of AIAV. We are strongly hope that resident artists will actively tackle with many kind of project, because of the trans_ is the project oriented artist-in-residence program from the beginning. For instance, we will offer the workshops, lectures, school visiting and exhibition and so on. Resident artists will select them or make proposal to realize such projects. In this year period we propose to produce and publish an artist book during your stay.

to get more details for application, see below:



New Zealanders with a bent for art have the chance to share the 2004 Fieldays No8 Wire Art Award $5000 cash prizes - and sculpt a creation for the annual competition.

Competition organisers are expecting to see designs submitted in many shapes, sizes and material combination, but comprising predominantly of the iconic No8 Wire.

Acting Te Awamutu Museum director Debra Kane said anyone can give it a go and bend some wire.

“And creativity is priceless which is why the competition is free to enter.”

The competition is open to artists, backyard creators, students and anyone who wants to give it a go, Ms Kane said.

“The creative nature of New Zealanders given a pair of pliers and some wire, a masterpiece is guaranteed in the making.”

First prize will take away $3000, second $1000, third $500 and the People’s Choice Award $500.

Fieldays No8 Wire National Art Award is run in conjunction with the Waipa Networks Rose and Cultural festival with the collection of entries on display at the Te Awamutu Museum starting in November.



Public Art – Public Spaces
International Symposium
Vito Acconci (USA) and Richard Brecknock (Australia)
Presented by the Wellington Sculpture Trust
with the support of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

3 September, 2004 (10am - 5pm)
Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington
Internationally renowned speakers together with panels of leading New Zealand-based  practitioners and academics, including Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Professor Sally J. Morgan , Pete Bossley and Neil Dawson, debate the relationship of public art, specifically sculpture, to contemporary ideas, spaces, communities and institutions. For cost of registration and further information contact Katy Campbell, 04 472 7390, or email



In a one-off performance tomorrow night, Wellington artist James McCarthy will activate his site-specific sound installation "Sight lines" as part of the Ouse Project. "Sight lines" is a piano wire installation that, through line drawing, depicts the space in which the work is situated.

Join us for an informal evening viewing of the exhibition and experience the animation of McCarthy’s work as it resonates throughout the space.

WHEN: Friday 20 August at 6pm
WHERE: SH_FT, Ouse Project, Level 1, 60 Kent Tce, Wellington

HOURS: 16-20 August 4pm-7pm and 21-22 August 10am-4pm

Contact Danae Mossman 0211372267 for further information or visit our



A new 6-month Meisner Improv Acting class in a new venue starting 1st September...  The Meisner Acting Technique, taught by Barbara Woods, is moving to The Film School, 4-8 Oxford Tce, Newtown with a new 6

month course starting Wednesday 1st September (6pm-9pm).   The Technique, from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, promotes individuality and confidence while giving students practical and effective tools to build character and performance. This once-a-week class will focus on the improvisational and instinctive exercises from the technique in the search for emotional truth and realistic behaviour. It is not only popular with those wanting to pursue acting seriously but also people interested in exploring their creativity and genuine, unpretentious and pragmatic self-development.

Classes are only $25 each and fees are payable per 9 week term at $225 incl. gst. The advantage of starting in this next program is you will get a nice big holiday in the middle of the course for Christmas break.  However your commitment to the entire 6 month course is a must. Warning: The technique and these classes are challenging and fun. Only call if you have courage and a sense of humour. If you would like to observe a class for free, to investigate whether this opportunity is an investment worthy of your time and energy, then e-mail Barbara at



Launch of the 14+ Foundation.   New Scholarship for Dance.

A new dance foundation is about to be launched that will provide funding for study scholarships. The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the most prestigious organisations in the world with a long history of commitment to the training of young dancers and dance teachers. They have traditionally awarded scholarships for fulltime study and recipients of this award go back 63 years and include Rowena Jackson, Alexander Grant, Yvonne Cartier, Kerry Anne Gilberd and Mary Jane O'Reilly. Recently a decision in London meant that funding to continue this scholarship was withdrawn and in real Kiwi fashion there has been a rallying here in New Zealand to find a way to ensure that this tradition is not allowed to stop!

Spearheaded by Shirley Baker, the result is the new 14+ Scholarship Foundation. The aim was to have 14 New Zealanders prepared to pledge support for ten years to ensure the ongoing funding and to make this scholarship a truly New Zealand initiative. Support from key dance enthusiasts from all over the country has exceeded the original proposal and we are thrilled to announce that there are 25 Founder Member contributors forming the beginning of this new fund.

The Inaugural Scholarship will be named for one of our most illustrious dance pioneers, Jeane Horne. She virtually started the Royal Academy here in New Zealand and was both a teacher and entrepreneur. Her students included Alexander Grant, and Deirdre Tarrant, both members of the foundation.  Jeane Horne developed and nurtured the links and organisation that established the Royal Academy of Dance here and she was very well known in Wellington not only as an excellent teacher, but also for her work in the theatre and with the fledging New Zealand Ballet Company. Much that she did involved opening doors and creating chances for young dancers to travel, study and perform. She herself travelled to Sydney to be awarded her own Royal Academy Teacher's Certificate in 1937.At the invitation of Dame Margot Fonteyn, she became the first and only New Zealander to serve on the Academy's Grand Council. It is really appropriate that this scholarship honours our dance heritage and such an important and pivotal personality in the history of dance and particularly ballet.

The 14+ Scholarship Foundation will be launched on August 28th at 5.15 at Te Whaea, School of Dance and Drama, Newtown, Wellington. On the same day young dancers will compete for the Jeane Horne Scholarship, the first award under the auspices of the foundation. Dance is a universal language and this scholarship will enable exceptional talent to study towards the reality of a career in dance. The first scholarship winner will be announced in October and will be presented by Carolyn Blackburn and Suzanne Glasgow, Jeane Horne's daughters and also members of the 14+ Foundation.

For further information, interviews, photo ... Janet Taylor. New Zealand Organiser. RAD. ph 04 382 8924 ... Deirdre Tarrant. Trustee 14+ Foundation ph 021 533 725 ...



Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is planning on having a creative art day – “Spring Sketching” as part of the Spring Festival coming up.  The art day is planned for Saturday 18 September.  The idea is for people to come along to the Sanctuary and be inspired by the special surroundings and draw something associated with New Zealand’s natural heritage.  It doesn’t matter whether they are an expert or just a beginner the day is for everyone and the best sketches will win prizes.

We are looking for some volunteers who would be available and interested in helping out with this event on the day as well as a small committee of people to assist with the pre-planning of the event.

 There are a number of things we need help with:

·       We would like to hold some workshops (probably one in the morning and one in the afternoon) to provide entrants with some tips and pointers on drawing.  We need some skilled artists to help us with these workshops.  There will probably be workshops for children and separate workshops for adults.  Open to recommendations from the experts as how to best group the workshops.

·       Entries are going to be judged so we need some skilled judges to help us decide the winners (this will be done after the event).  People will have a couple of weeks after the event to finish their pieces and send them in for judging.  There will also be several categories for judging.  Open to recommendations from the experts as to the various categories we should include as well.

·       Winning entries will receive prizes – if you have any contacts that may be able to donate some suitable prizes for children and adults it would be greatly appreciated if you could let me know.

·       Promotion of the event – I’ve attached a little poster and would appreciate if you could assist with promoting the event to the contacts that you have.

·       Tip sheet – we’d like to give people a one page tip sheet to help them get started on the day.  If you have any content that you suggest we include it would be appreciated.

If you or someone you know would be interested in helping with this event please contact me on phone 04 920 9205 or

Many thanks
Geraldine Hulls
Marketing Co-ordinator
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Trust



Hi to all parties interested in Colourful Connections, using art as a global language.
Last week's meeting was another creative brainstorming session from which several themes emerged which will inspire and galvanise artists from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The stand-out theme over the last two meetings has been 'crossing over', incorporating elements of journeying, similarities/differences between NZ and other places, treasures brought from home or left behind, etc etc.

As a result of these focus groups it looks as though the Wellington City Council's exhibition celebrating Race Relations Day in March 2005 will explore this further, with the provisional title 'Cross Over - celebrating our Colourful Capital'. So get your creative energies focussed on this one and look out for more information as planning for this celebration of cultural diversity gets going. Any artists or craftspeople interested in participating can contact Lucy Moore

The group has also decided to meet monthly from now on, on the last Wednesday of each month. Thanks again to Capital E for their generous offer of this colourful space for our meetings. We agreed it would be a great start to each meeting if each person was to bring an example of creativity they have been working on, or something from their own culture, as a 'show and tell' to begin with. In addition we will have a focus for each meeting, being a presentation, demonstration or other inspiring feature. Ideas and suggestions eagerly accepted!

Steph Scott has kindly offered to put together an initial website for Colourful Connections - if you would like to showcase your artwork on this site, please forward a file to steph Please bear the size of the file in mind as huge picture files may block up her machine! Email Steph if in doubt. Please also provide a brief artists statement or profile to include with your pics. Any and all suggestions on design and layout of the page is welcomed.

So - next meeting will be Wed August 25, 7.30-9.30pm, at Capital E, Civic Square, central Wellington. Bring a piece of work and a friend if you like! We have provisionally booked Tetyana to show us her beautiful Russian dolls and demonstrate the art of miniature painting - thanks Tetyana.

See you then,
Best regards


Promethean Editions announced today that the music of composer John Psathas was heard at the opening of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on 13 August 2004. Mr Psathas composed and arranged music to accompany parts of the opening ceremonies. The most prestigious engagement of his career to date, he joins the ranks of well-known composers such as John Williams, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Leonard Bernstein and Mikis Theodorakis who have also written music for the Olympics. His music has had the potential to be heard by a world-wide audience.

Mr Psathas was engaged in 2003 to compose and arrange music for the Games opening and closing ceremonies. He has since commuted several times between Wellington and Athens to work on the music and supervise the rehearsal process.

His music includes a number of especially composed fanfares and processionals to accompany the arrival of the IOC President, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron and to precede the Olympic oaths, and he is responsible for the soundtrack to the entire flame sequence of the ceremony. Mr Psathas has also arranged the National Anthem of Greece, the Olympic Hymn, and music by Shostakovich, Debussy and the foremost living Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis to accompany other parts of the ceremony. The fireworks at the Games closing ceremony on 29 August will also feature music composed by Mr Psathas.

John Psathas is a leading figure amongst the younger generation of New Zealand composers. New Zealand-born, he lives in Wellington where works as a senior lecturer in music at Victoria University. His music, which reflects his Greek heritage as well as the influences of jazz and rock music, is heard around the world. RecentlyZeibekiko, a programme of music conceived and created by Mr Psathas to celebrate Greek music of antiquity and the present day, was toured in Holland and the UK by the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble. In 2005, Mr Psathas looks forward to the American premiere of his work View from Olympus, which is to be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The work was first performed at the Royal Gala finale concert of the Pulse International Festival of Rhythm held during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, UK.

More information about John Psathas may be found at the web



Thanks to all the artists, teachers, and creative students who helped us fill Wellington's urban streetscape with bold original art. Drive by Art continues with several dozen new school banners along Oriental Parade, designed around an environmental theme for Conservation Week 2004. In addition, over 50 banners by local artists and arts groups have been installed above key streets in and around the city. Good news has also come to this modest public art project: Drive by Art has won the CNZ Creative Places Award in the Arts Provision category.

To honour everyone involved, we've arranged a little party for 5:30pm tonight:  August 19 at the City Gallery.  Join us, and check out these websites for more project information



'The Spring Salsa Ball' (with Tango Milonga 6:30-8:30) is on at the St James Theatre Jimmy Bar from 9pm....Saturday 21 August

The fabulous "Team Salsa" will be performing a short floor show about 10pm. (Intro salsa lesson from Salsa Magic at 8:30pm)

Team Salsa are also holding a salsa workshop during the day on Saturday 21:
Hope to see you there or at the Ball...I'm sure the spring weather will have returned by then! Saturday forecast for a brisk 11 degrees but some sunshine, so lets generate a more tropical feeling with some scorching salsa and merengue!

 Aquí no se camina, se baila!
Pre-Ball Salsa Workshop
The Team Salsa performance group is providing a salsa workshop for anyone who wants to attend.  Presenters include the current NZ salsa champions, Brendan Roach and Michelle Carse, and Team Salsa choreographer Jaffa Beech. more details on the group.

The workshop is also provided as a fundraiser for the team to attend salsa competitions in Auckland and Sydney during October this year.  

Details are as follows:
Salsa Workshop  – “X-Factor Moves”
Date: Sat 21 August
Time: 3.30pm-5.00pm
Workshop Content:  This workshop is designed to challenge your skills.  It includes two combination moves and one trick.  

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Venue: Wellington Performing Arts Centre, Vivian St, Studio 1
Cost: $20.00 (payment can be made on the day)
Bookings:  to get an indication of numbers please pre-book your place by emailing Brendan Roach below with your details
Enquiries:    mobile 0274 524991


The S.T.A.F.F. Project
Sarah Miller and Bex Galloway
Opening Friday 24 September 6pm

The S.T.A.F.F. Project brings together over 30 New Zealand artists, curators and commentators, who will participate in a polaroid evening at Enjoy, preceded by three fundraising events: a cake stall, carwash and street appeal. Those involved in the project include photographers Gavin Hipkins, Victoria Birkinshaw and Courtney Lucas, sculptor Marnie Slater, political cartoonist Ross P. Kettle, curators Greg O'Brien, Sarah Farrar and Emma Bugden, designer Clem Devine and painter/gallery owner Jason Secto. The project aims to highlight issues of community in the Wellington art scene, with the artists working outside of their regular art practices to make the project happen.

The Fundraisers:
The Bake Stall
Saturday 21 August
Outside Enjoy Gallery on Cuba Street

The Carwash
Saturday 4 September
Aro Valley Community Centre, 48 Aro St

The Street Appeal
Saturday 18 September
The streets of Wellington city

And finally...
The Polaroid evening
Friday 24 September 6pm
Enjoy Gallery

Photographers, armed with a polaroid camera and as much film as the fundraisers allow, will take photographs of the opening itself. These will then be installed on the gallery walls as they develop. In addition to documenting the Wellington art scene at a particular moment in time, the photographs aim to highlight the linear nature of time as we perceive it. The show will be up for one night only.

The Enjoy Trust would also like to let you know that our Gallery Manager Charlotte Huddleston is leaving and so the position of Gallery Manager will soon be vacant. A job description will be posted on the website shortly for those interested in applying.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level 1
174 Cuba Street
 Ph 04 384 0174


Capital Theatre Productions Trustin association with Year of the Monkey Productions & Brent Harpur, Cartoonist, Presents…

 “inner constellations...”
Bizarre Tales of Love, Loss & Astronomy,
(By A Legally Blind Cartoonist).©

SOUNDING THEATRE, TE PAPA.  14-16 SEPT 2004, 8.30PM.  $25 / $18

Laugh yourself silly and be delighted as BRENT HARPUR and his guest stars take you on an adventure into the mysteries of love, lust & loss through

comedy, cartooning, storytelling and poetry!

It’s Theatre Jim, But Not As We Know it!!

Combining Brent’s well-known artistry of live cartooning with various handpicked entertainers, including an aerial performer, a stiltwalker, Celtic musicians, local poets, a viola player & storytellers (the youngest being a very talented 11 year old) this is ‘One Show’ not to be missed.

From Timaru to Te Papa!!

From humble beginnings in small town New Zealand, and despite (perhaps because of?) a lack of eyesight and an unsupportive high school art teacher, Brent set about on his plans of (eventual) world domination, through cartooning!! It is a little know fact that 35 year old Brent has completely lost his eyesight in one eye, and is legally-blind in the other. Having drawn since he was five, stubbornness and determination has seen him turn this childhood passion and hobby into a fulltime, tax-paying career. No mean feat on its own, but adding to the equation the ironies of also being a visually-challenged visual artist and Brent’s work truly is inspiring to watch… No wonder that Brent is often referred to as a “New Zealand version of Rolf Harris”!!

In INNER CONSTELLATIONS, Brent will bring together on the Soundings stage larger than life cartoon creations, mixing this unique art performance with original, quirky poetry, monologue and storytelling… And using a chaotic (yet ordered), spontaneous (yet rehearsed) comedic collision of words and cartooning, he promises his audiences (young and old alike) an unforgettable & unique…

…Insight into a lack of eyesight!!

Join Brent (and all of his very special guests) for a great night’s entertainment… A culmination of creative cosmic forces and talents that he hopes to one day take beyond Te Papa and onto international festivals and stages as well…

…To Blindly Go Where No Cartoonist Has Gone Before!! 

For  For more info about show,  mob: (021) 29 28 959



Get Set Go!
An essential course for organisers of community recreation programmes and events.

You’ll learn about:

Budgets and funding
Promotion and publicity
Designing programmes to suit your community
Trouble shooting tips for events
Effective evaluations

Tuesday 7 September
9am – 12.30noon (8.45am registration)
Wellington City Council
Meeting Room 2
Wakefield Street

$25 per organisation (send as many people as you like). Every organisation will receive a practical planning manual.   Additional manuals can be purchased for $25 each. 

Please register by Friday 3 September

CONTACT:  Esther Bukholt, Wellington City Council, PO Box 2199, Wellington or phone:  801 4144, Fax:  801 3635,


Western Ways by Bridgette Knox (Room 1)
In search of meaning and beauty in the modern world by David Boyce (Room 2)
Both exhibitions open of Friday 13th August, 5pm to 7pm, and run until 13 September. details.

The next musical event at Photospace is The Unknown Rockstar, with guests Robyn Kenealy and Simon Sweetman. Expect strange music, poetry and general Bohemia. It's on Friday 20 August, 8pm, gold coin entry. details.

Check other photography happenings.
Also, for a $1000 prize, have a look details of the photography competition run by the DayOut

Photospace studio/gallery
1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place
Wellington, New Zealand
(postal address: as above)
ph/fax: 64-4-382 9502
cell: 027 444 3899
Gallery hours: 10-4.30 Monday-Friday
11-3 Saturdays, closed public holidays




23-25 October (Labour Day weekend) 2004
Massey University—Wellington and The Film Archive

DOCUMENTARY WORKS:  Makers and artists are invited to show documentary works still in production (rough cuts, representative takes, or edited sequences, etc) or, if they are completed, have not yet shown widely.  This year we are extending the form to include the documentary genre of still photography and related art-genres.  The projects may come from every part of the documentary spectrum – community, political activist, avant-garde, mainstream, art-house, oral history, contemporary art – but each will be chosen for a particular and special quality.  We are looking for exciting, innovative works.  The final line-up of projects will be decided through a peer selection process.

DOCUMENTARY PAPERS:  We are seeking papers for this forum from academics and others writing on documentary.  Papers may focus on the subject of documentary within film studies, art history, cultural studies, media studies, fine arts studies, etc.  Currently we are soliciting abstracts (250 words) for consideration.  The final selection of papers will also be determined through a peer selection process.

Final date for submission of projects and abstracts:  17 September
Notification of acceptance:  1 October

Please send all proposals of work and presentation abstracts, or inquiries Kathy Dudding, Massey University, School of Fine Arts,

Private Box 756, Wellington.



The Story of Three Sentences
Amy Howden-Chapman
August 11-27
The Story of Three Sentences is an installation of sculpture and video work by emerging Wellington artist Amy Howden-Chapman. The three eponymous 'sentences'; “Bevan's Asthma”, “Rachel gets ready to go out drinking” and “Swing to Infinity Baby”, manifest themselves in the gallery as an audio-speaker dripping with water, a screen-saver style video projection and a participatory swinging mechanism for theEnjoy visitor to lean back within. As narratives about the everyday, the works extend to embody their titles, like instructions for their use. Amy explores the interdependency of language and object.

Faded materials, itchy with age, are played off against the slick, reflective and newly constructed to create works offering the gallery viewer a playfully painful, interactive sensory experience. The works aim to lead the viewer through a path of gimmicky-humour and into a space of reflection and disorientation to create a 'pulse effect'. Subtle and simple in execution, the artist describes this feeling as “the slip of a water-slide, coupled with the smell of good bathroom ceiling mould.”

Enjoy Public Art Gallery
Level one, 174 Cuba St
Ph 04 384 0174



The SH_FT Trust presents The Ouse Project, an exhibition of ten predominantly Wellington artists in a co-opted industrial office space on Kent Terrace. For one week only this exhibition will showcase some of Wellington's most interesting and engaging emerging artists.

Where: Level 1, 60 Kent Terrace (above the Porsche dealer)
Hours: 14-15 & 21-22 August 10am-4pm, 16-20 August 4pm-7pm

Contact Danae Mossman 0211372267 / 3848437 for further information or visit the shift"



Bell Gully National Schools Poetry Award entries double

Around 200 entries have been received for the Bell Gully National Schools Poetry Award, just over double the number received in the competition's first year, perhaps a sign that the next generation of New Zealand poets will be a healthy one (see our link to the UK's Next Generation poets in item 15). Students from all over the country will converge on Wellington in the last weekend of August for the Bell Gully National Schools Writing Festival at Victoria University, a weekend of workshops, readings and panel discussions with some of the country's leading writers. For the first time this year, some of their teachers will also be taking writing workshops, on the principle that teachers who are inspired about writing will make inspiring teachers. For further information about the Festival,



The Department of Secrets Presents:
Friday 20th August 2004.
9pm till dawn . . .

The Department of Secrets presents a multi-zoned mysterious extravagant extravaganza featuring; guests from Auckland OpenSouls, Wellington Afrobeat legends the Scribes of Ra, The Flower Orphans, The Illphonics, The Deva Mahal Soul Project, Mu, Cortina, Age Pryor and the Marvellous Medicine, The Upbeats, and much much more.

Unleash your dark side and reveal your true self! Divulge the truth and surrender! This year you have been enlisted in the 'Department of Secrets'

We call upon the citizens of Wellington to contribute their presence and finest costumes to complete the atmosphere!

Installations, performance, visual arts, opening ceremony, abseilers, dancers, more installations, the best music in town, cheap and choice. Secret treats for sneaky ensembles.

With thousands of hours of free labour invested in the party it promises to be the event of the year.  Don’t be silly, join the fun, you’re all invited.

Disclose your secrets and immerse yourself in the outlandish environment of this year’s Department of Secrets.

Thanks to:  RadioAcitive89fm, The Package, Dandylion, Midnight Expresso, Real Groovy, Stunn Productions, Kwik Communication, Boyds Av, The Eclective, The Rockshop, Goldings, Flowers Manuela, m@wsa, Studio, Vuwsa, and all the people of Wellington. 

Only NZ $25 !!
(Door Sales $35)
Tickets from Cosmic Corner, Real Groovy, and Dandylion.

Visit the student portal @



At Happy this week, and next…

Thursday 19th August
The Elephant Men
Fresh from their sold-out Town Hall debut on Saturday night, the Elephant Men stampede back to Happy for a celebratory gig. Screaming and hollering with noises similar to the New York No Wave in the 80s, Keiji Haino, 60s garage like the Sonics, or even a Peter Brotzmann group, the Elephant Men are a rock trio to be fended off, afeared of, listened to. Featuring Chris Palmer (vocals and guitar), Craig Taylor (vocals and bass) and Rick Cranson (drums).

Friday 20th August
FOOD and John White w/ Nikki Lillicrap
Wild and dissonant white man’s funk from FOOD. Ethereal songsmithery from John White. Beating of a hot metal vibraphone from Nikki Lillicrap. Boycott the rest of the city for a Friday night of skilful music. FOOD astounded with their debut gig a few weeks ago, coming on like James White with a hard, cracking funk and lyrics born from the dying apoplexy of Adam ejected from Paradise, FOOD are fast, exciting and terrible to behold.

Saturday 21st August
Inna Yardwise Sessions
Dubwise Soundsystem, original dubplates. Dub and jungle and reggae and ragga and dancehall, DJs, MCs, music. Part of the Inna Yardwise national tour.

Tuesday 24th August
The Dodecahedrons
NZ’s top improvising ensemble in their final performance for the next few months. Also the final performance for an extended period by Jeff Henderson, our resident music genius and reeds master.

Wednesday 25th August
The Freeloader Crew presents All Planet
The second of our new regular Wednesday night dub, roots and reggae show. Presented by the Freeloader Crew from Radioactive 89FM, headed up by Ahmen Starr (son of blues legend Taj Mahal and frontman of Rhombus).

Coming up at Happy . . . Spartacus R (Aug 27th), Age Pryor (Aug 28th), Jonathan Crayford returns (Sept 2nd), The Sproutts (Sept 3rd), Fang (Sept 4th), the Mandlebrot Set (Sept 8th) and, my, oh my, Meatwaters (9th to 11th Sept), the Clan of the Puppet Ninja Fundraiser (17th Sept), the Inlking (18th Sept), and . . . the 8th Wellington International Jazz Festival (15th to 30th Oct).

cnr Vivian and Tory Streets
384 1965


Nui Espresso
Sept 13 –Oct 10th 2004
Exhibition: Tally- A moment of sanity
Paintings and mixed media
BY Mica Still
101 Wakefield St. Wellington



"I think of art as having a kind of instrumental use. The word exists, the category exists, so it does have a place. So when I say 'make art,' I don't mean a kind of-a kind of self-enclosed art, but I mean art as this kind of instrument in the world."

Vito Acconci



Be at an entertainment spectacular launching this Friday night at Paradiso Bar, Blair Street. The event is called "feel the love" and it will be showcasing both professional and amateur performers from 8pm until 2am; cover charge $10. For amateurs we have a spot called "five minutes of fame", an opportunity to strut your stuff in a supportive environment. The Hiptet, a six piece dance band will be joined by the Vegas dancers each week with a regular timetable of acts throughout the night. No two nights will be the same.  Get your free tickets by sending a simple request

For more details, call Lucy on 386 4345



Toi Mâori Aotearoa, in partnership with Wellington City Council, will host an exhibition showcasing contemporary Mâori artwork from 26 August to 4 September at Wellington’s Tinakori Gallery.

The exhibition, entitled Whenua – Born of the Land, is an exploration of the artists’ interpretation of the concept ‘whenua’. Whenua is the Mâori word for the placenta and for the land. The exhibition explores the concept of land not only as a provider of life but also as a living entity, an ancestor to whom people are bound through genealogy. It will feature artwork from leading Mâori artists including Lewis Gardiner, Roi Toia, Manos Nathan, Darcy Nicholas and many others.

Whenua – Born of the Land follows the overwhelming success of the Kiwa – Pacific Connections exhibition of contemporary Mâori art staged by Toi Mâori Aotearoa at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, in September 2003.

The Kiwa exhibition generated extraordinary interest from media and buyers throughout Canada and the United States, selling $1 million worth of art. Sixty-five percent of the artwork sold on the opening day, representing 75 percent of the total value of the exhibition.

A Whenua – Born of the Land catalogue, detailing the works on exhibit and the artists, is now available from Toi Mâori Aotearoa. More information can also be found

The Whenua – Born of the Land exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday 26 August at 10am at the Tinakori Gallery, 132 Featherston St, Wellington.



Playmarket and Auckland City Council are offering four new and existing Maori and Pacific Island writers the opportunity to create and develop their new plays as part of their upcoming Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum Pasifika 2005 and AK05. They are open to anyone of Maori or Pacific Island descent. The four successful applicants will receive the support of a professional dramaturge (drama tutor) between 4 September 2004 and 5 March 2005. Two of the four will then receive a week-long workshop and public presentation of their draft as part of the Pasifika Playwrights Development Forum at Pasifika 2005, Auckland, 6-12 March. The other two will receive a reading of their draft as part of the Forum.

For further information on how to make submissions contact Dianna Fuemana, Auckland City Council ( or Mark Amery, Playmarket ( or ph. (04) 382 8462. Applications must be in writing to: Mark Amery, Pasifika Playwrights, Playmarket, PO Box 9767, Te Aro, Wellington, and are due before 5 p.m. Friday 3 September.



Wellington World Choir,  
conducted by Bert van Dijk
The Wellington World Choir starting rehearsals again on an exciting collection of polyphonic songs from around the world, each capturing a unique mood and rhythm.  Singing is an essential part of the experience of life, that fullfills our need for self expression and belonging.

Bert van Dijk encourages in this choir a way of singing from comes from the soles of our feet, allowing the voice to blend in with the ensemble without loosing its unique individual quality.

The Choir is open to anyone who can hold a tune and enjoys singing with others!  Please, spread the word and come and enjoy this uplifting experience!

     General practice (open to anyone)
    Dates:     Tuesday evenings: Sept 7 - Dec 14 (no session on Sept 28)
    Times:    18.30 - 19.45
    Cost:        $75.00 (for 14 sessions)
    Venue:    Catholic Church, 173 Clyde St., Island Bay
    (from Sept 21 practice at St Hilda's Church, 311 The Parade, IslandBay)
    Performance group (open to confident singers who have participated in at least 10 practices previously)
    Dates:     Tuesday evenings: Sept 7 - Dec 14 (no session on Sept 28)
    Times:    19.45 - 21.15
    Cost:        $75.00 (for 14 sessions)
    Venue:    Catholic Church, 173 Clyde St., Island Bay
    (from Sept 21 practice at St Hilda's Church, 311 The Parade, Island Bay)


Tutored Life Drawing at the Rotunda
Monday 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm ~ 8 weeks $110.00    PTL $99.00
Improve your life drawing skills with an experienced tutor whose portraits and figure drawings are renowned. You will be encouraged to draw the human form as you see it in a natural, accurate and uncomplicated way using traditional and modern techniques with various drawing materials. The classes are for both experienced and inexperienced figure artists who will receive individual attention. The Arts Centre is located under the Fisherman's Table Restaurant, on the street level of the Oriental Bay Rotunda. Instructor: Garth Satterthwaite.

To learn more, call Garth on 2324444



7-11 OCTOBER, 2004
The Mysteries of the Poetic Universe Revealed! International poets from far and wide gather in Wellington to celebrate poetry, people and human rights.


Louise Warren – A French-speaking poet from Quebec!
Antoinette Villamil – A Spanish-speaking poet from Colombia!
Andres Ehin – A Japanese-speaking poet from Estonia!
Sunil Gangopadhyay – A Hindi-speaking poet from India!
Karin Bellman – A Swedish-speaking poet from Sweden!
Hansjörg Schertenleib – A Gaelic-speaking poet from Switzerland!

Come and hear something different! Poets in their native tongues, with English interpreters.

A once only opportunity to hear such a diverse and interesting range of poets …
Come and hear their stories, told in poetries – beautiful, moving, thought-provoking. Featuring a major New Launch Event at Pataka in Porirua: Thursday, 7 October at 6:30 p.m. Music, Audio –Visual Displays & Much More.

Visiting poets from overseas welcomed and introduced.

Plus new event venues outside Wellington City:

Upper Hutt Library - 8:00p.m. Friday, 8 October
Paekakariki Community Hall – 7:30 p.m. Monday, 11 October

The identities of other participating poets, including poet laureates, globe-trotting celebrities on various magical mystery tours will be revealed in due course. Check out our website email us



The Tudor Consort and Gate Seven collaborate on concert of brand new music from home and abroad
Two of Wellington's premier performing groups are joining forces to present new compositions by emerging New Zealand composers.

Award-winning chamber choir The Tudor Consort and contemporary instrumental ensemble Gate Seven are collaborating for the premiere performances of brand new works by honours students in composition from Victoria University, along with the first New Zealand performance of James MacMillan's remarkable 1993 cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross.

This exciting performance of brand new music is on Saturday 21 August at 8pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral and will be recorded live by Concert FM.

Scottish-born MacMillan is "the most exciting young British composer to have emerged in the 1990s" (The Guardian). Seven Last Words, composed in 1993, is a seven-movement cantata for string orchestra and chamber choir. A remarkably beautiful work, it is rich with pathos and emotion.

At the start of the cantata MacMillan limits himself to quite simple musical themes but over the course of the seven-movement work these simple melodies gradually fracture into a vastly more complicated - and much more passionate - palette of sound.

The technique is called "deconstruction" and Victoria University composition students James Dunlop, Antonia Barnett-MacIntosh and Rachel Morgan were assigned a similar challenge by composition tutor Dugal McKinnon: to take simple themes from pieces of early music and to deconstruct these themes to create brand new art works for voices and instruments.

"The composers were asked to write music which would refer to and comment on past musical languages, recontextualizing this material through the lens of the present," says Clark. "By hearing new works by young emerging composers, the audience gets an exciting glimpse into the future of New Zealand music."

The pieces feature two visiting instrumentalists playing very unusual instruments: Japanese performer and composer Harada Takashi performing on one of the first invented electronic instruments, the ethereal ondes martenot, and Weeraphong Thaweesak, the crystal-glass virtuoso from Thailand. These two eclectic instruments produce sounds very similar to the singing voice and are used to great effect in the student pieces and in two new pieces composed especially for this programme by Professor Jack Body.

While recognised nationally and internationally for its specialist Renaissance performances, The Tudor Consort is quite at home with the modern repertoire, says the choir's director, Alastair Carey. "This isn't the first time The Tudor Consort has performed brand new works by composers based at Victoria University. The choir gave the premier performance of Professor Body's Five Lullabies in 1992; the recording of that performance won Radio Awards both in New Zealand and in France."

8pm Saturday 21 August 2004
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington
$25 / $15 / $7 / Book online at Ticketek
MORE INFORMATION: Alastair 470 7700
Ewan Clark (021) 133 7857



Wellington's Storytellers Cafe now has a website -- visit

Also part of this narrative…


Once again, it's story time in Masterton! The biennial Storytelling Festival features fabulous tellers from New Zealand and around the world. This year's star attraction are Eth-no-tec, a husband and wife team who bring music, dance and humour to Asian tales. He is Japanese/Filipino American and she is Chinese American.

There are workshops, open mike sessions and plenty of opportunity to hear top tellers in action -- a feast for the ears and heart! It happens over Labour Weekend in October.

If you'd like to get on the mailing list for the regular Festival newsletter, send your email address to convenor Janet Hayes



The Mind Inclined Writers Group - Jack Kerouac, George Orwell, The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Albert Camus, Farenheit 451, Ken Kesey, William S. Burroughs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Catch 22, A Clockwork Orange, Alan Ginsberg, Herman Hesse, Kahil Gibran, Catcher in the rye, Chuck Palanuik, Tolkein, High Fidelity, Generation X, Ursla LeGuin, Brave New World, The Snow Leopard, Irvine Welsh, Oscar Wilde, Dune, Lord of the flies, Walt Whitman, Neverness, Philip K. Dick, Edgar Alan Poe, H.G. Wells, Mikhail Bulgakov, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy...and other assorted influences.

The casual group meets monthly in the Oriental bay Rotunda/Wellington Arts Centre. So if you write and want to get together in Wellington, contact Paul on:

paulpingpong@hotmail.comor txt / ring him on 027 699 3744



Then why not take part in Radio New Zealand's first everCreative Writing and Community Drama Season 2004. This exciting project is aimed at giving all New Zealanders the opportunity to write and perform for radio.
Radio NZ producer Wayne Widdowson believes there are great NZ stories just waiting to be told and his job is to 'point the mic towards them'. In doing so he hopes not only to make radio drama more accessible and entertaining to a wider audience, but also to build a strong relationship between Radio NZ drama and emerging artists, groups and organizations working within the community.
This season will truly reflect the creativity and imagination of all New Zealanders, so regardless of whether you've written before, if you've got a play, short story or poetry piece you'd like to write or are interested in acting, then they'd like to hear from you.

For more information please contact, Wayne Widdowson at RNZ on (04) 474 1442 or



…running the sniper gauntlet in besieged Sarajevo…

Travelling through Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2001, director Kerryn Palmer was awed by the total devastation of the once beautiful city of Sarajevo.

“6 years after the end of the war, a volatile peace remains. The re-building of the city moves slowly but the people are extraordinary, they live life to the full, they laugh a lot and appreciate the little things in life.” Said Kerryn.

Between 1992 and 1995 the cosmopolitan and multicultural city of Sarajevo was bombarded daily by rifle and mortar fire. Caught in a valley, the city’s inhabitants continued their daily lives amid random bursts of fire.

Each day civilians had to ‘run the sniper gauntlet’ in order to get water, food, fuel and medical supplies. No one was immune from the bombs and rifle fire, snipers sat on the surrounding hills and picked off civilians at will.

 (sniper) explores life in Sarajevo during the siege, through lighting, live music, video and performance.

“Every day, people continued living ‘normal lives,’ not knowing each time they left the house, if they would ever return. It was the comprehension that people constantly had to negotiate their way though sniper fire, and cheat death, to do things that you and I take for granted, that touched me.” Kerryn Palmer

(sniper) invites the audience to travel through the ‘streets of Sarajevo,’ in an exploration of how life continues even under the harshest, unimaginable conditions. Interactive theatre at its best.

“Theatre not for the faint hearted.”

What: (sniper) is approx. 40 minutes long. There are 2 shows a night, except for Mondays and Tuesdays
Where: Starlight Ballroom, 235 Willis Street, Wellington
When:  27thOct – 6 Nov 7pm & 8.30 pm   ( 7pm Shows only on Mon and Tues)
Bookings: Book @BATS 802 4175

Only 30 people are permitted in the audience at each showing, so bookings are essential.

Directed by Kerryn Palmer
Music by Jane Pierard
Lighting Designer Maia Whittet



Elena of Ngati Kahungunu descent from Mahia Peninsula played the violin and was trained in the “pakeha” discipline of classical music much to the chagrin of her whanau, maori and many pakeha. It has been a long journey to overcome these prejudices, to be successful and find one’s place in a highly competitive world. Elena’s kaupapa is one of commitment, hard work and belief that it is possible to “live your passion.”

The resounding success of her CD launch led to the development of this project. The launch was held at Parliament on the 30th April 2003 hosted by Mahara Okeroa, MP for Te Tai Tonga.

“The musicianship throughout the cd is discerning and accomplished... theatrical and powerful demonstrating Elena’s diverse violin skills” Cap-times

The concert is an 80-minute sensory extravaganza, uniquely crafted musical production between many traditional institutions - a symphony orchestra, kapa haka troupe, choir, and dance - explores how the Taonga of these different worlds can be woven together to create a new dimension in the music of Aotearoa. Elena’s musical journey is spoken in te reo maori with English sur-titles on a screen.

Presented with innovative bicultural expression exploring a frontier in Maori and New Zealand music. It will catalyse ongoing development of new musical composition and performance in Aotearoa New Zealand

Artists include Elena, NGC Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra, Gareth Farr, April Neho, Howie Rimu McGuire, Strike,Whitireia Perfoming Arts.

Composer and Strike member Tim Whitta, and poet Professor Timoti Karetu create the concert centrepiece “1840 Waitangi Overture”. World  premier “ Te Arikinui”- Homage to the Maori Queen. Stunning arrangements by Gareth Farr of a child’s fantasy pieces, excerpts from Purcell’s “Fairy Queen”, Dukas “ Sorcerers Apprentice and Handels “Hallelujah Chorus”, Vivaldi’s Gloria and much much more!!

What:           Elena’s Cultural Symphony
When:           Friday 1st October 2004
Time:           7pm
Where:  Michael Fowler Centre Wellington
Cost:   $45.00 A Reserve, $40.00 A Consession$35.00 B Reserve, $30.00 B Consession$20.00 C Reserve, $15.00 C Concession
Bookings:       Ticketek



Luscious Lola … this years one and only Dance Party Extravaganza

Saturday 28th August will see The Phoenix on Dixon St transformed into a South American cauldron of colour and sound as the 3rd Luscious Lola hits town.  Thisis not just a dance party, it’s an experience that surrounds and engulfs you.     Luscious Lola takes the traditional dance party scene and destroys it, creating a new regime unmatched by anything before it.  It cuts a new edge in dance music events, challenging the now old and tired D.J Rave format.

Luscious Lola started as a fundraiser for Wellington Batucada, and has steadily grown into a full-scale carnival extravaganza packed into just one night.  The drive behind the event is the growing influence of Latin culture in Wellington and all over New Zealand.

Preparations for the decorations have been huge, almost as huge as the musical and dance line up for the event.  Wellington Batucada is still the heart of Luscious Lola.  A 50-strong Samba Band playing Rio Style Carnival Samba, they will kick the evening off with their amazing infectious groove which is UNstoppable.   Providing more booty shakin beats are Sambassadors and Basement Bateria, keeping with the fresh samba groove but encompassing broader dance influences such as Drum’n Base, Hip Hop and ragga forging the new cutting edge in dance music.   The explosive flamboyant acrobatics of Capoeira Pasifika, the Brazilian fight dance, will be a feature along with stunning samba dances in full carnival style costume. 

The Luscious Lola sound system is mining the new groove and style of dance party, where the dry environment of a DJ providing all the beats is superseded by funkier and faster beats played live, quenching your thirst with colour, movement, energy and a mad carnival atmosphere. 

This Year Luscious Lola will be invading Auckland as well as  Wellington
The Bands and groups that feature will be –

Wellington … Saturday 28th August @ Phoenix … featuring
Batucada – 35-50 piece nose bleed Rio Style carnival madness
Sambassadors  - 11 piece Samba, Samba reggae and ragga
Basement Bateria – Samba drum and Base
Capoeira Pasifika -  the exciting acrobatic fight Dance of Brazil
And DJs Top Knot, Frio and especially from ???? DJ Bobby Brazuka

Auckland … 25th September @ Safari Lounge … featuring
Scribes of Ra – 10 piece Afro Beat, Fela Kuti style meltdown
Sambassadors  - 11 piece Samba, Samba reggae and ragga
Batucada – 35-50 piece nose bleed Rio Style carnival madness
Capoeira Pasifika -  the exciting acrobatic fight Dance of Brazil
Batucada Sound Machine – 10 piece samba, funk and Hip Hop
And DJ Bobby Brazuka

For details, call Stephen Templer
Ph 04 9344425 or 021 131 7095



Rhys Morgan
Remo Morris
Thistle Hall
Tuesday 24 August



Send comments, questions, requests, etc

Eric Vaughn Holowacz
Community Arts Co-ordinator
Wellington City Council / Wellington Arts Centre
P. O. Box 2199
Wellington, New Zealand
04-385-1929 / 027-416-2190