Ka tangi te Tītī, ka tangi te Kākā, ka tangi hoki ko ēnei Pīpī Paopao! Tihei māuri ora!
Pīpī Paopao is a performance for tamariki aged 3-5 years old - and their adults - which adopts the unique characteristics of our Manu Rangatira (noble birdlife) through waiata and play, echoing the sounds of Te Taiao (nature).
Ko Te Ākau is a visual arts installation and curated performance programme for live and virtual spaces, created for group and solo performances, within a design accurate, site-specific installation of lighting, sound design and video projection. The project references the collaborative works of artists Ralph Hotere and Bill Culbert and serves as the inspiration for exploring the poetics of Te Ākau, the space where the ocean meets the land, where the horizon connects land, water and sky.
What does it mean to be a young person in these uncertain times?
In collaboration with Arts, Design and Music students from NMIT, Whispers in the Streets shares rangatahi voices and reflections on uncertainty and what that means to them here and now, in Whakatū. Watch their visual arts interpretation unfold on bollards and listen to their whispers in unexpected places around town.
NUKU: The Exhibition features a selection of larger-than-life-size images of 14 of the kickass Indigenous wāhine who appear in Māori storyteller and photographer Qiane Matata-Sipu's extraordinary self-published book NUKU, which was a finalist for the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Award for Illustrated Nonfiction.
Let’s paint the streets of Whakatū in bright colours and showcase our community’s diversity and creative superpowers! We are working with local businesses to create displays of fantastic creations old and new - and we'd love you to contribute. Submit your own creations for the showcase or send us photos - we’d love to share them with far and wide!
Did you know that night doesn’t fall, it rises? That there are three grades of twilight? If you have ever wondered what goes on at night beyond the lit-up boundaries of our human world, then this special event, which explores the stories and themes in Annette Lees’ latest book, After Dark: Walking into the nights of Aotearoa, is for you. Ruru (owls) are likely to be our companions.
In te ao Māori, tāne and wāhine once lived in balance with each other, and all other beings who originated from Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Gender and sexual diversity were normalised but colonialisation brought a strict gender hierarchy and static sexual identities. With the power of pūrākau and whakapapa, this exhibition attempts to draw forth mātauranga Māori of gender and sexuality.
We have an all-new Sculpture Symposium for you! Our friends at the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary are hosting Sculpt Nature, celebrating human connections to nature through the sculptural arts. The event has a strong conservation theme, with the participating sculptors creating works which use only natural materials and fiber and reflect on their relationship with nature.
We’re thrilled to collaborate with this inspiring kaupapa and host a second Viewfinder Window in our Festival office at Morrison Square, in addition to their other home on Bank Lane, between Trafalgar Street and Montgomery Square.
Come see the view change in a street near you - unexpected experiences in otherwise familiar spaces!
Throughout the festival don’t miss our innovative digital commission, which celebrates incredible Aotearoa writers, spoken word artists and storytellers exploring the theme, ‘Belonging’. The series will be headlined by Ko Wai Koe (from whose waters do you flow?), a spoken word/waiata/music performance by Motueka-based collective, Te Oro Hā, and will be presented throughout the festival, for free, via our digital stages and online.
Bestselling authors Wendyl Nissen and Charity Norman have both ‘been through the fire’ of supporting a parent with dementia, which led to them writing two astonishing books. In this session, they will explore what works when it comes to dementia treatment and care and what desperately needs to change to ensure our loved ones can die with dignity.
In this special live Showy Ovaries performance, the irrepressible comedian Penny Ashton will talk to bestselling novelist Nicky Pellegrino and acclaimed health writer Niki Bezzant, who both written about menopause. No one is too young for this session; knowing what’s ahead may change how you live your life today!
Want Whakatū to have more public artwork which speaks to what matters to our rangatahi in this moment in time? We may have just the thing for you!
In partnership with Nelson College, artist Nerys Ngaruhe will work with local rangatahi to co-create a mural on Broads Field, celebrating toi Māori, street art and youth voices in our community.
Grand: Becoming my mother’s daughter is an astonishing debut about mothers and daughters, drinking, birth and loss, running away and homecoming, from prize-winning writer and broadcaster Noelle McCarthy. Fellow journalist/broadcaster Wendyl Nissen, who had her own mother difficulties and challenges with alcohol, facilitates the conversation.
What have Michael Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) and Christine Leunens got in common? Well, their novels have not only been snapped up by numerous international publisher but the stories are also currently making their way from the page to the screen. Doug Brooks facilitates this ‘behind the scenes’ discussion about the adaptation of Better the Blood and In Amber's Wake.
High above the harbour, suspended by a crane on 2.7 tonnes of ice, a figure - isolated on a melting platform - struggles for balance. As sunset approaches what will be left? We are confronted and inspired by their determination to adapt and survive. There's no time to waste.
Over eight hours in one day, Legs On The Wall brings death-defying beauty to the current climate crisis, with THAW.
Esteemed Aotearoa playwright and author Renée (Ngāti Kahungunu) wrote and published her first crime novel when she was 90. Blood Matters is the riveting sequel to the 2020 Ngaio Marsh finalist The Wild Card, and is another tale of Porohiwi, a small town that doesn't yield its secrets without a fight. Chaired by Renée's publisher, Mary McCallum.
Over one night Agnes takes us on a journey through the streets of her city and the sinews and synapses of her internal world. Through joyfully and honestly exploring themes of diaspora, surfing displacement and tectonic grief, and celebrating the profound connection between the human body and te whenua ūkaipō (homeland), Ana Chaya Scotney (Tūhoe) exemplifies a masterclass in solo performance.
Come partake in the ultimate commitment to yourself.
This interactive ‘wedding’ ritual invites you to take a vow to deeply commit and honour YOURSELF. An antidote to society’s pressure to 'put a ring on it', this rollicking slice of homemade evangelism is led by performance artist Bek Coogan, aka Oona Verse.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 we have had to cancel this event.
Selina Tusitala Marsh visits schools to talk about her two inspirational graphic novels for young readers, Mophead (winner of the 2020 Margaret Mahy Award) and Mophead Tu (a finalist for the 2021 award). In the telling of these heartfelt and often hilarious tales, Selina encourages tamariki to embrace their differences.
One of the best joke-writers in Aotearoa made headlines this year as part of the first-ever same-sex couple on Dancing With The Stars, leading in week one before a shock elimination in week two. Whaaaat?! Now Eli Matthewson is back behind the wheel, sharing those huge life revelations that take place in the crappiest of cars.
The cabaret show that was on everyone’s hips, lips and fingertips in 2021 returns. Fever: Return of the Ula features the savage stomps and luscious sways of critically acclaimed Fine Fatale. Hosted by the soulful singing trills of the goddess trio The Taka Tu Wops, with a live band.
Audio Described performance & Touch Tour on Sat 29 Oct.
The international event Slow Art Day was created to encourage us all to look at art for a little longer, in the hope that we not only see more, but also get to know the works in greater detail. At the same time, slowing down, and being present, is one of those things that are somehow so hard to do in our busy lives, and yet, so important for our wellbeing.
HALFQUEEN's sets are just as unapologetic and empowered as her presence in every space. Specializing in the genre-bending sounds of club music, she is driven to connect via ass shaking. And with BBYFACEKILLA, prepare to lose your mind to a DJ that collapses the multiplicity of contemporary club music into a set that is unique, disruptive, and brimming with ecstasy.
Someone once said if the music scene in Aotearoa was a house, then Don McGlashan would be a load-bearing beam. From Blam Blam Blam, The Front Lawn, through to The Mutton Birds and his four acclaimed solo albums, that beam remains as strong as ever. McGlashan’s most recent solo album, Bright November Morning, went straight to No.1 and marks a new stage in Don’s generous and humane songbook.