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Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events October 2003 to November 2003

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Promotions on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

OCTOBER 2003

Dunedin Public Art Gallery The Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate collection This stunning exhibition takes place in Dunedin and is New Zealand's only venue where visitors will see 71 exquisite works of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the Per-Raphaelite period. The Pre-Raphaelite Dream includes major masterpieces such as John Millais' Mariana, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine and William Holman Hunt's The Awakening conscience. Presented by the National Business Review and supported by the Dunedin City Council and The Community Trust of Otago. 25 October 2003 - 15 February 2004 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Artsenta - Cold Play Guitar Auction Dunedin is set to welcome a slice of Hollywood tinsel town glamour to the City by hosting a charity art auction with a big difference. The star attraction at the Coldplay Guitar Auction will be a guitar signed by Coldplay lead man Chris Martin, and US Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who visited the city in January 2003 for the filming of "Sylvia and Ted". The auction will also include artworks donated by 16 celebrated New Zealand artists and musicians a further attraction will be a special performance by Auckland based singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker, who will be playing the Coldplay guitar. Friday 10th October was chosen because it is World Mental Health Day. The Cold Play guitar will be on display at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, other artwork for auction can be viewed at Nevill Studio, 35 Crawford Street, Dunedin from Monday 6th October. 10 October 2003, 7pm Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robert West Director Artsenta, tel/fax: 03 477 9566, cell: 025 608 0641, or e-mail : artsenta@es.co.nz

The National Bank Dunedin Rhododendron Festival 2003 Each year Dunedin celebrates the rhododendrons of the area with an array of workshops, events and exhibitions to create the Dunedin Rhododendron Festival. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival and an exciting programme has been developed to commemorate this milestone. With an array of entertaining and informative events, there promises to be something for everyone. A highlight of this year's festival is the 'Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate Collection' held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Guests will have the opportunity to visit this outstanding exhibition, which will be in its first week of a four-month season in Dunedin. Join festival guest John Patrick, the highly respected lecturer, author and Australian television presenter, for his two-day seminar. John will focus on a wide range of topics relating to plants and garden design and will be happy to answer any garden related questions. John is highly entertaining and this seminar promises to be an inspirational experience. For more information on programmed events visit www.rhododunedin.co.nz (Note: not all events require bookings). 30 October 2003 - 2 November 2003 Various venues throughout Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Annemarie Mains, phone (03) 471 6477 Contact for bookings: The Dunedin Visitor Centre, phone (03) 474 3300

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Cleveland Art Awards 2003 Over 300 works will be on display, painting, prints, jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass windows and more. This celebrated event attracts entries from throughout the South Island and offers artists a total prize pool of $9,000. These annual art awards are now in their seventh year, showcasing established and emerging artists. All work is for sale. 3 - 19 October 2003 - 10an to 4pm daily

Children's Art Exhibition Timed to celebrate Children's Day showcases stunning and vibrant display is a celebration of Children's creativity. Children can choose to offer their works for sale by silent auction. Great prizes are offered as well as spot prizes. 23 October 2003 - 5 November 2003

Quilters & Patchworkers Otago This national quilt challenge is inspired by Rhododendrons and judged on skill, use of colour, originality of design and overall creativity. 27 October 2003 - 3 November 2003 In association with the Dunedin Rhododendron Festival.

Lyn Kelly Acclaimed jeweller Lynn Kelly presents four pieces inspired by 17th century Botanic illustrations of Rhododendrons. Works are for sale. In association with the Dunedin Rhododendron Festival. 23 October 2003 - 5 November 2003

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Fortune Theatre - A Passionate Women - by Kay Mellor On the morning of her son's wedding Betty seeks refuge in the attic. Faced with her imminent loss she finds solace in the fond memories of her younger days. What she discovers however, is far more than she bargained for. This uniquely touching comedy takes us on a journey from a mundane marriage to a magical future. Let your heart take flight. This is one for all the romantics out there. 10 October 2003 - 1 November 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Milford Galleries Dunedin - Overview - Is As: Landscape as metaphor Overview is a major survey exhibition of contemporary NZ art in three parts. It will provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience in one major location the extraordinary achievement that is our country's contemporary art. Overview 'Is As: Landscape as Metaphor' features artists Ann Robinson, Karl Maughan, Michael Hight, Elizabeth Rees, Nigel Brown, Michael Smither, John Walsh, Peter James Smith and others. As well as looking at the physical landscape, this exhibition also closely looks at the emotions content of the NZ environment, (both now and in the past), as well as to the flora and fauna. 18 October 2003 - 2 December 2003 Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Globe Theatre - Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall, Directed by Lewis Ablett-Kerry Spoonface Steinberg was first conceived and performed in 1997 as a radio play and adapted later by the author for the stage. It is a play that pulls out all the emotional stops as it takes audiences inside the mind and all-too-brief life of its only character, a young, autistic girl who loves opera, is Jewish and, yes, is dying of cancer. This funny, sad and beautiful and, to quote a review of its production at last year's Edinburgh Festival - "fills one's being with the miracle and heart-stopping reality of being human and what it is to live and die." 9 - 18 October 2003 (excluding Monday, 13 October) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273; or Box Office (03) 477 3274

Regent Theatre

The Siberian Cossacks The most spectacular and beautiful Russian company ever to tour Australia returns for an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand. With over 40 people on stage, the World Famous Siberian Cossacks present a show for the whole family. From the thrilling sword dances, and large ornate horses, to the beauty and spectacle of the female's breathtaking gowns and head dresses, this sensational ensemble rates alongside the Bolshoi Ballet as the most successful entertainment export ever to leave Russia. This stunning new $4 million production for 2003 with incredible scenery, new dances and breathtaking customers will once again be a sell-out. 5 October 2003, 4.00pm

A Tribute to the Rat Pack Direct from Vegas. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis JR teamed up as friends to perform together, creating what was soon to be known as the legendary Rat Pack. Steve Apple (Dean Martin), Gary Corsell (Frank Sinatra), and Lonnie Parlor (Sammy Davis Jr) return you to the early '60's to recreate this legendary package. From the top-rate shows in Las Vegas and Chicago, each performer is considered by most critics to be the best in the world at portraying their period counterparts. With combined experience of over 25 years, they captivate audiences with wit, humour, charm and vocal performances that are second to none. The show features a live orchestra direct from Vegas. Under the direction of Mr John Peace, it is a compilation of the finest musicians from some of the greatest orchestras: Harry James, Nelson Riddles, Brian Setzer, Billy May, Don Costa, Charlie Barnett and Les Brown. These musicians have fronted for Tony Bennett, Frank Sinartra, Sammy Davis, Jr, Dean Martin, just to name a few. The Tribute to the Rat Pack includes such popular songs as Everybody Loves Somebody, Lady Is A Tramp, My Way, Come Fly With Me, Mack The Knife, That's Amore, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You and many more. 12 October 2003, 8.00pm

Neil Diamond in Concert Tour - The Ultimate Tribute to the man and his music Once in a lifetime there is one act that stands out from the rest. The one that looks the spitting image of the person they are impersonating, one that as soon as they open their mouth you honestly believe you are listening to the real thing, who gives a unique and outstanding performance of one of the worlds greatest and most popular stars over the past 30 years, Neil Diamond as portrayed by Canadian entertainer Bobby Bruce. Since the untimely death of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond has become the world's biggest concert and recording star in the 35 plus age group. 24 October 2003, 8.00pm

Peter Powers - Hypnotist Sensational 'X-rated' Hypnotist, peter Powers, is back to tour New Zealand in the outrageously naught Hypno Show. In each decade a great hypnotist emerges on the global scene. In the new Millennium this extraordinary talent is Peter Powers. UK based Powers will tour the Tasman for a third time after huge success on Australian television, 'The Footy Show'. Powers is a is an appealing master of his art and will perform some favourites skits including 'the Orgasmic Handshake', 'the Great Willie Search' and the best of his 2002 show. He will also include some special skits highlighting the Rugby World Cup. 31 October 2003, 7.30pm

Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Metropolitan Club - Rock 'n' Roll Bonanza Show Rock 'n' Roll Bonanza show performed by "Shine On" Show Band featuring songs including "Rockin Robin", "Peppermint Twist", "Rock Around the Clock" and songs from "Grease". 18 October 2003, 7.30pm Metropolitan Club Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre - H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance The two Gilbert and Sullivan nautical operas in tandem, second season in the complete series of G & S operettas to be staged by the Trust in historic sequence and in a traditional manner until 2012 - perhaps a once in a lifetime experience. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see authentically staged annual productions of all the G & S operas in Dunedin, where the arts flourish and a special Victorian heritage exists. Stage Director: Guest British professional Alan Spencer, Associate Director: Hilary Norris, Musical Director: Michael Andrewes. The Southern Sinfonia will play Sullivan's full orchestral accompaniment in the pit. Leading young British tenor Stephen Brown will play Ralph Rackstraw and Frederic and the cast includes some of Dunedin's finest performers. Various Showings throughout 26 October 2003 - 8 November 2003 Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Michael Andrewes, phone (03) 477 8463 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

ReFuel Bar

Refuel - The D4 Dion and Jimmy both playing guitar and vocals were North Shore boys hanging around listening to rock n' roll. Dion had been a member of punk rock slackers, Nothing at All, and still hankered to spread the gospel of rock n' roll salvation. They got two acolytes in Vaughn (bass) and beaver (drums) and revved up the machine that was to become the D4. 15 October 2003, 7.30pm

The Datsuns The Datsuns were winners of four Tuis at this year's New Zealand Music Awards and are finalists in five awards at the upcoming bNet Awards on September 19. The show will include some the their new material as well as favourites from their last album. 21 October 2003, 7.30pm

Misery Misery from Melbourne play live and bring with them White Line Fever; the Motorhead tribute band featuring members of Misery. 29 October 2003, 9.00pm

The Verlaines The Verlaines play live as part of the "Best of" CD release tour. Having played in the Uni MCR back in 1981 it completes the circle, somewhat, to have a gig here in the MCR again 22 years later. Will you EVER have the opportunity to see this seminal band again? Not to be missed. 31 October 2003

ReFuel Bar, Underground, University of Otago, 640 Cumberland Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Scott Muir, phone (03) 479 3875 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Blue Oyster Gallery

Ali Bramwell, Curator - Drawing For Sculpture A Group Exhibition Dunedin based artist Ali Bramwell will curate a show of fellow sculptors' drawings that focuses on the process of producing work; the ongoing dialogue between theory, concept and practice. Making Art is often mythologised. However, by exhibiting drawings and small sculptural explorations, Bramwell will frame the process of sculpture as the artists experience it. Bramwell will provide what is usually a very private process for spectator pleasure and consumption, interrogating where art begins, as well as what constitutes an art product. Runs Until 11 October 2003

Rainy McMaster - Pink Slip Emerging Dunedin installation artist Rainy McMaster will use the walls of the Blue Oyster as a resting place for vinyl blow-ups of extracts from her diary in the exhibit, Pink Slip. The aesthetic shall suggest a giant book and the intimate nature of the text will create an unnaturally and sometimes uncomfortably close relationship with the viewer, challenging the boundaries of an audience's access to the thoughts of the artist and the acceptance of personal revelation in art. 14 - 25 October 2003

Daniel Malone - Brick City Exciting, hip and fashionable Auckland-based artist Daniel Malone often creates performance and installation works that are subversive and ephemeral gestures. At Blue Oyster, Malone will install a series of works in his exhibit titled Brick City based around one of our most common and favourite building materials - the brick. When isolated, the images that make up this work have a distinct banality, but when viewed on mass, with the images stacked in a brick wall configuration, some very sharp and playful associations are evoked. There will be objects made for the show too, bricks actually. 28 October 2003 - 8 November 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Botanic Gardens - "Photographing Nature - in your garden or the wild" A free public slide show by internationally award winning natural history photographer, Rod Morris, from Dunedin's NHNZ. A fantastic opportunity for the public to gain tips and hints from an expert. 3 October 2003, 12.00pm

"Permaculture - a holistic approach to gardening" A free public talk by Trish Korth, permaculturist. Find out more about his sustainable practice with links to the past. 5 December 2003, 12.00pm

Botanic Garden Centre, in upper Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Clare Thomson, phone (03) 474 9469

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate collection This exhibition consists of 71 works including oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints. The Pre-Raphaelite Dream includes major masterpieces such as John Millais' Mariana, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine and William Holman Hunt's The Awakening conscience. Presented by the National Business Review and supported by the Dunedin City Council and The Community Trust of Otago. 25 October 2003 - 15 February 2004

Dan Arps: Third Kind Dan Arps' starting point for this installation is 'Devil's Peak', the mysterious mountain constructed by Richard Dreyfuss in the 1977 movie 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. Arps combines plasticine, furniture, felt, drawings and video monitors to create his own mountain, and scatters the space with clues about its maker's motivations. Runs Until 12 October 2003

John Reynolds: The Deposition This exhibition features works by a New Zealand artist best known for his vast, elegant, word-spinning paintings. It includes works recently acquired for the Gallery's collection, including a sculptural version of Reynolds' trademark road-sign motif. Playing on the resemblance of roadside signs to a cruciform, Reynolds has called his fallen sign The Disposition. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 12 October 2003

Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists - Drawings and Prints 1895-1906 Born in 1876 Paula Modershohn-Becker belongs to the circle of artist around the turn of the century who found themselves in opposition to the strict academic line of opinion on art. Her paintings and drawings belong to early Expressionism and she was greatly influenced by the work of Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh, who she had met in Paris. This exhibition is organized by Germany's Institut for Foreign Affairs, Ifa, and is being toured by the Goethe Institut. Runs Until 25 January 2004

Judy Millar: I is She, as You to Me Judy Millar is an abstract painter whose recent works feature sweeping strokes and ribbons of paint, made not with a brush but by hand. In her Dunedin project, she will fill the walls of the Trustbank Galleries with her colour-rich, adventurously physical paintings. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery Visiting Artists Project, supported by Creative New Zealand. Runs Until 12 October 2003

Truth's Mirror Witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. Curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Hocken Library

Joanna Margaret Paul: Poet and Painter In 1983, Joanna Paul was Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago. >From then until her death earlier this year, she generously gifted paintings, drawings and prints to the Hocken Library Pictures Collection. The exhibition comprises a selection of her art work along with some of her poetry from the publications collection. Runs Until 4 October 2003

John Turnbull Thomson: nineteenth century painter and surveyor of the south Last year saw the unveiling of a monument to John Turnbull Thomson at Ranfurly to commemorate the role he played in shaping the unique culture of Central Otago and the Maniototo. Names like Eweburn, the Horse Range and the Pig Root all owe their origin to Thomson who was chief surveyor for Otago. This exhibition traces Thomson's origins as a civil engineer in England, and his years in Malaya as well as his involvement in mapping the interior of the south of New Zealand. For the first time in more than a decade a large collection of the 225 oils and watercolours by Thomson in the Hocken Library pictorial collection will be on display together, along with a range of previously never before exhibited works from the Hall-Jones family collection. Runs Until 4 October 2003

McCahon: A Typeface by Luke Wood In McCahon: A Typeface, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts lecturer Luke Wood has developed a typeface based on a serious of McCahon's paintings which have the now familiar theological narratives scrawled across New Zealand landscapes and abstract grounds. The project attempts to play with the relationship between an artist's signature style when it is reconfigured into a generic set of shapes, and what happens when a designer starts selecting only a particular aspect of an artwork so it can be used in a new set of contexts. The question Wood addresses is, does the designer, through his editing and stylising of the painter's handwriting, remove the important bits that are at the heart of this artist's work. Commercial success was not a motivation for Wood; the typeface is not licensed or available for sale. However, it has been named: McCahon, as, according to Wood, an honest indicator to its origin. 11 October - 17 January 2004

Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Dunedin Centre

New Zealand String Quartet with Edith Salzmann Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) presents the always-memorable New Zealand String Quartet; now in its 15th year this tour will premiere a new work by Jack Body commissioned by CMNZ. They will be joined by one of the country's most eminent cellists, Edith Salzmann. The programme includes Dvorak - Andante Con Moto Opus in E minor, Ligeti - Quartet No 1, Jack Body - a new commission by CMN, and Schubert: - Quintet in C Opus 163. The performance features a song without words from Dvorak's abandoned quartet, Ligeti exploring 'modern' sounds from behind the Iron Curtain, a new offering from a colourful and electric NZ composer, and Schubert's luscious quintet, written on his deathbed. 1 October 2003, 8.00pm

Southern Sinfonia - Basically Baroque Dunedin's professional orchestra presents yet another of its extremely popular Basically Baroque programmes. Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia's Principal Oboe Martin Lee in Marcello's Oboe Concerto, the programme also contains two Baroque favourites: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 and Handel's Water Music Suite III. Sunday, 12 October 2003, 3.00pm Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623

Glenroy Auditorium, Harrop Street, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Museum

Chinese Dinosaurs One-hundred-and-fifty-million years ago, they roamed what are now the plains of China. Now, these towering prehistoric creatures have taken over the Otago Museum where the newest attraction in New Zealand will also be the oldest. Ten complete dinosaur skeletons, together with 43 other dinosaur fossils, have inhabited the Museum upon the arrival of Chinese Dinosaurs, the Otago Museum's biggest ever exhibition. Among the attractions is a gigantic 23 metre long sauropod, the Mamenchisaurus and the awesome Velociraptor - made infamous by the film Jurassic Park. Chinese Dinosaurs was developed by the Australian Museum in association with two major natural history museums in China, the Beijing Natural History Museum and the Zigong Dinosaur Museum. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Community Trust of Otago. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Runs Until 2 November 2003

Children of Lebanon: The Story of the Dunedin Lebanese Community On display in the Otago Museum's People of the World Gallery, Children of Lebanon is a beautiful exhibition that delves into many intriguing aspects of the Lebanese culture and looks at how the Lebanese people contributed to, and became a part of the city of Dunedin. Love, work, food and religion are just a few of the areas that are investigated in this engaging exhibition. The Museum invites visitors to the Children of Lebanon to celebrate the customs of this culture and view stunning Lebanese objects, including household items, jewellery and clothing. People of the World Gallery, Runs Until 12 October 2003

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and learn some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding, of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service - 11.30am and 3.30pm daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, and then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service that annually attracts a huge number of objects or specimens. Well resourced, with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books, the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

NOVEMBER 2003

Dunedin Town Hall - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - The Lion Foundation - Mainland Tour 2003 The NZSO's Mainland Tour 2003 sponsored by The Lion Foundation comes to town with a programme of Classical and Romantic masterpieces. The concert is conducted by leading Australian musician Nicholas Milton, and features the young internationally renowned cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva in Tchaikovsky's 'Virtuosic Rococo Variations'. The concert also includes something to delight every musical taste with symphonies by Schubert and Beethoven, and two folk-inspired Romanian Dances by Bartok. 7 November 2003, 7.30pm Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre - H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance The two Gilbert and Sullivan nautical operas in tandem, second season in the complete series of G & S operettas to be staged by the Trust in historic sequence and in a traditional manner until 2012 - perhaps a once in a lifetime experience. Don't miss this unique opportunity to see authentically staged annual productions of all the G & S operas in Dunedin, where the arts flourish and a special Victorian heritage exists. Stage Director: Guest British professional Alan Spencer, Associate Director: Hilary Norris, Musical Director: Michael Andrewes. The Southern Sinfonia will play Sullivan's full orchestral accompaniment in the pit. Leading young British tenor Stephen Brown will play Ralph Rackstraw and Frederic and the cast includes some of Dunedin's finest performers. Various Showings until 8 November 2003 Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Michael Andrewes, phone (03) 477 8463 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Arc Café - Songbong Tap your toes to Songbong, Dunedin's premier percussion group. Specialising in catchy West African rhythms, they showcase the original source of the music that's been coming out of black America for most, if not all your lifetime. Supported by Musoo - mixing song, dance and percussion. 8 November 2003, 8.30pm ARC Café 135 High Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Emmanuelle Gomez, Venue Manager, phone (03) 474 1135 Contact for booking: Arc Café, phone (03) 474 1135

ReFuel Bar - The Brunettes Returning from their Euro summer tour and releasing a new CD the Brunettes bring us their unique brand of Indy bubblegum pop styles. 8 November 2003, 9.00pm ReFuel Bar, Underground, University of Otago, 640 Cumberland Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Scott Muir, phone (03) 479 3875

Otago Museum - Chinese Dinosaurs One-hundred-and-fifty-million years ago, they roamed what are now the plains of China. Now, these towering prehistoric creatures have taken over the Otago Museum where the newest attraction in New Zealand will also be the oldest. Ten complete dinosaur skeletons, together with 43 other dinosaur fossils, have inhabited the Museum upon the arrival of Chinese Dinosaurs, the Otago Museum's biggest ever exhibition. Among the attractions is a gigantic 23 metre long sauropod, the Mamenchisaurus and the awesome Velociraptor - made infamous by the film Jurassic Park. Chinese Dinosaurs was developed by the Australian Museum in association with two major natural history museums in China, the Beijing Natural History Museum and the Zigong Dinosaur Museum. The exhibition is made possible with the support of the Community Trust of Otago. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Runs Until 2 November 2003 Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Children's Art Exhibition Timed to celebrate Children's Day showcases stunning and vibrant display is a celebration of Children's creativity. Children can choose to offer their works for sale by silent auction. Great prizes are offered as well as spot prizes. Runs Until 5 November 2003

Muka Print Studio Two days only, the under 18 print fair offers collectors to view and buy prints from New Zealand's leading print makers of country's well-known artists in the future. 5-6 November 2003, 10.00am-5.30pm

Alfred Berland Extraordinary and sublime, Alfred Berland's work captures an almost surrealist glow of landscape paintings with a difference. 4 - 18 November 2003

Artists in Residence Working and exhibiting in the Centre; Heather Jennings is a specialist spoon maker and pole lathe turner, combining with hand carving to create astonishingly beautiful spoons from a variety of fruit woods. Jane Pearce uses seagrass, cane, tree prunings and found materials to make baskets and sculpture based on basketry techniques. Work will be for sale. 24 November 2003 - 8 December 2003.

Weaving Master Class - 'training the trainers' Top Pacific and Maori weavers will share skills and techniques for four days in a weaving master class. The public will have the opportunity to watch them work for two days. 24 - 29 November 2003, open to the public 28-29 November 2003

John White's Natural World Highly crafted paintings of animals and landscapes by this Christchurch based artist. 8 - 21 November 2003

Moira Crossman Moira Crossman is known for her large-scale public sculptures this skilled stone carver will present a display of work being created in response to her Masters of Fine Arts. The works consist of delicate Oamaru stone cradled in tiny flax kete, cast bronze and drawings. 25 November 2003 - 5 December 2003.

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Ardour for Art: Frances Hodgkins' Path to Modernism The opening exhibition in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent gallery devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's most famous daughters: Frances Hodgkins. Curated by Linda Tyler, it offers the viewer an insight into the artist's life and work. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 30 November 2003

Louise Weaver: Moonlight Becomes You A menagerie of crochet-covered animals seem s to have been unleashed from museum cabinets and let loose in a glittering disco culture. Moonlight Becomes You was first commissioned by the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne and was recently exhibited at City Gallery, Wellington. Runs Until 16 November 2003

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Blue Oyster Gallery

Daniel Malone - Brick City Exciting, hip and fashionable Auckland-based artist Daniel Malone often creates performance and installation works that are subversive and ephemeral gestures. At Blue Oyster, Malone will install a series of works in his exhibit titled Brick City based around one of our most common and favourite building materials - the brick. When isolated, the images that make up this work have a distinct banality, but when viewed on mass, with the images stacked in a brick wall configuration, some very sharp and playful associations are evoked. Runs Until 8 November 2003

Nathan Pohio Ngai Tahu artist and filmmaker Nathan Pohio's work is infused with an enjoyment of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of those around him. Highlighting bizarre obsessions and quests, his work is a playful celebration of the weird and wonderful in us all. It is often infused with layers of history that Pohio draws from his Maori and Pakeha ancestry, creating works which are both good humored and challenging. For his debut appearance at Blue Oyster, Pohio will travel work that will also have been exhibited at the new Christchurch Art Gallery. 11 - 22 November 2003

Cameron Bishop - Excesskin Cameron Bishop wants to break the logic of the tourist, to release it from its perfected, paid-for-in-advance and on credit image. In this show he will recognise a different kind of tourist the one that never quite makes it, the tourist that is constantly threatening the body/state¹s margins but is never allowed entry. These tourists are the asylum seekers, the indigenous, the poor and the absent of this world. Bishop will approach these issues with his inflated absences a series of latex baths, each more decayed than the other, each of them floating in the space and moving with the rhythms of the atmosphere. 25 November 2003 - 6 December 2003 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Otago Settlers Museum - Fabulous Frocks! - Glorious 19th Century Gowns from the Otago Settlers Museum Collection Settler women arriving in nineteenth century New Zealand brought with them dress conventions and a fashion sense formed in the very different societies of Europe. Once in 'the colony' they hardly adapted their clothing to suit local conditions at all. Even amidst the mud and dirt of early Otago, women's clothing was still essentially what was being worn at 'home'. This exhibition unveils some of the fabulous frocks worn by pioneer Otago women, including ball gowns, wedding dresses and the smartest street attire. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. Runs Until 23 November 2003 Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Fortune Theatre

A Passionate Women - by Kay Mellor On the morning of her son's wedding Betty seeks refuge in the attic. Faced with her imminent loss she finds solace in the fond memories of her younger days. What she discovers however, is far more than she bargained for. This uniquely touching comedy takes us on a journey from a mundane marriage to a magical future. Let your heart take flight. This is one for all the romantics out there. Runs Until 1 November 2003

A Slice of Saturday Night - by the Heather brothers Put on your dancing shoes - this is one for all you "rockers" out there - young and old. It's the 60's again. This long running West End musical hit makes its professional debut in Dunedin with a whole lot of feel good favourite tunes in tow. O.K. It's a boy meets girl, boy loses girl kind of thing, but your blue suede shoes won't stop tapping all night. Bring the kids: bring your parents! We promise you a great night out to remember. 14 November 2003 - 13 December 2003

Gunner Inglorious This one-man show deals with the personal experience of a soldier in the second World War. A poignant and at times harrowing account-visceral and must see theatre. 5 - 9 November 2003 (downstairs in the studio theatre)

Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Sinfonia Rooms - Bow and Bang! Sinfonia's percussionists team up with some of the orchestra's string players to present a novel blend of music: from traditional Ugandan music, music by John Cage, through to a new work by Dunedin-based composer Anthony Ritchie. 30 November 2003, 3.00pm Sinfonia Rooms, Carnegie Centre, 110 Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries and bookings: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623

Regent Theatre - Royal NZ Ballet "The Lotto Season of Peter Pan" This swashbuckling dance adventure Peter Pan was a huge hit with audiences when it premiered in 1999. Based on James Barrie's original play, Russell Kerr's choreography brings all the famous characters to life through a playful combination of engaging theatre and classical dance. With Kristian Fredrikson's Edwardian picture book-inspired designs, dreamy lighting by Joe Hayes and an exquisite score by Philip Norman, Peter Pan will captivate and enchant. Tuesday, 11 November 2003, 7.30pm, Wednesday 12 November 2003, 6.30pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

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For further information, please contact Dunedin City Council City Promotions, Kerry MacKenzie at phone (03) 474 3409, email kmackenz@dcc.govt.nz - or Jennifer Hooker at phone (03) 474 3815, email jhooker@dcc.govt.nz

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Issue date: 20 September 2003

Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events December 2003 to January 2004 ___________________________________________________________________________ Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. This list was prepared by Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Promotions on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information and confirmation of dates and times.

december 2003

Cleveland Living Arts Centre

Artists in Residence Working and exhibiting in the Centre, Heather Jennings is a specialist spoon maker and pole lathe turner, combined with hand carving she creates astonishingly beautiful spoons from a variety of fruitwoods. Jane Pearce uses sea grass, cane, tree pruning and found materials to make baskets and sculpture based on basketry techniques. Runs Until 8 December 2003.

Moira Crossman Known for her large scale public sculptures this skilled stone carver will present a display of work being created in response to her Masters of Fine Arts. Delicate Oamaru stone cradled in tiny flax kete, cast bronze and drawings. Runs Until 5 December 2003.

Aaron Parkin Commanding large scale nudes are created using conté and sculpted with sand, landscapes and abstracts similarly are created with painting on sand. Aaron's fascination with metal is reflected in the presentation. 10 - 24 December 2003

The Affordable Art Fair The Affordable Art Fair is timed especially for Christmas. Local and regional artists are invited to submit works of this artistic feast. In true art fair style, sold works are replaced with new ones, everyday becomes different. 4 December 2003 - 9 January 2004

Cleveland Living Arts Centre, 1st floor, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Kari Morseth, phone (03) 477 7291

Fortune Theatre - A Slice of Saturday Night - by the Heather brothers Put on your dancing shoes - this is one for all the "rockers" out there - young and old. It's the 60's again. This long running West End musical hit makes its professional debut in Dunedin with a whole lot of feel good favourite tunes in tow. O.K. It's a boy meets girl, boy loses girl kind of thing, but your blue suede shoes won't stop tapping all night. Bring the kids: bring your parents! We promise you a great night out to remember. Runs Until 13 December 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Globe Theatre - Prisoners of Mother England by Roger Hall, Directed by Nigel Ensor Roger Hall's play about the experiences of a group of immigrants from Britain into New Zealand follows his characters from the 1950s through several decades of New Zealand's history. Although some of their experiences would not be repeated today, many more will have immediate relevance to anyone who has come to this country in more recent years. These immigrants too will have experienced the same sense of dislocation, of homesickness mixed with excitement for the opportunities offered by their new life, of the sense of being divided by a common language. Hall's play is full of empathy for his characters (Indeed, he freely confesses to having a based one of the characters on his young self.) as he follows them through their various problems and delights as they settle into (or flee from) their new home. 4 - 13 December 2003 (excluding, Monday, 8 December 2003) Globe Theatre, 104 London Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Rosemary Beresford, phone (03) 479 7273 or Box Office (03) 477 3274

Milford Galleries Dunedin

Overview - Is As: Landscape as metaphor Overview is a major survey exhibition of contemporary NZ art in three parts. It will provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience in one major location the extraordinary achievement that is contemporary NZ art. The first part of Overview is entitled Is As: Landscape as Metaphor. Artists will include Ann Robinson, Karl Maughan, Michael Hight, Elizabeth Rees, Nigel Brown Michael Smither, John Walsh, Peter James Smith and others. As well as looking at he physical landscape, this exhibition also closely looks at the emotions content of the NZ environment, (both now and in the past), as well as to the flora and fauna of it. Runs Until 3 December 2003

Overview - Notions of the Figurative The second part of Overview is entitled Notions of the figurative. Artists include Joanna Braithwaite, WD Hammond, Lisa Reihana, Tony de Lautour, Robert Ellis, Terry Stringer, Jeffrey Harris, Ross Ritchie, Paul Dibble, Julia Morison and others. What might seem disparate at first, it is the collision (and collusion) of idea, purpose and visual intention through utilisation of the representational language that unites a central core of contemporary NZ art. Incisive and decisive: this exhibition presents a powerful portrait of interior and exterior intellect. 6 December 2003 - 13 January 2004

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727

Blue Oyster Gallery - Cameron Bishop - Excesskin

Cameron Bishop wants to break the logic of the tourist, to release it from its perfected, paid-for-in-advance and on credit image. In this show he will recognise a different kind of tourist the one that never quite makes it, the tourist that is constantly threatening the body/state¹s margins but is never allowed entry. These tourists are the asylum seekers, the indigenous, the poor and the absent of this world. Bishop will approach these issues with his inflated absences a series of latex baths, each more decayed than the other, each of them floating in the space and moving with the rhythms of the atmosphere. Runs Until 6 December 2003

Portable: The Blue Oyster Import/Export Company This exhibition sees our travelling show return home from a tour of Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington and High Street Project in Christchurch. Part of a three-way swap with these two galleries, this show features work by trust members as well as a few Dunedin based invited artists. The exhibition looks at Dunedin¹s history as an industrial port and extends these issues to encompass the transient nature of the city that we know today. Although we as a gallery often import, we are now proud to present Blue Oyster¹s latest export. 9 - 20 December 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Botanic Gardens - "Permaculture - a holistic approach to gardening" A free public talk by Trish Korth, permaculturist. Find out more about his sustainable practice with links to the past. 5 December 2003, 12.00pm Botanic Garden Centre, in upper Lovelock Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Clare Thomson, phone (03) 474 9469

Otago Museum

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and learn some inside knowledge about various aspects that the Museum has on offer and/or take a guided tour of 'Southern Land, Southern People' and gain a greater understanding, of the Southern region. 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tours are available at 11.30am and 'Southern Land, Southern People' guided tours are available at 3.30pm (and other times by prior arrangement). Ongoing Service - 11.30am and 3.30pm daily

Communicator Presentations Each day, the Otago Museum Communicators present fascinating 15-minute presentations on objects or themes of particular interest from the Museum's galleries. Ongoing Service, 2.00pm Daily

Search Centre Weekend Presentations The Museum's Search Centre Communicators have developed a series of Search Centre Weekend Presentations designed to help familiarise people with the excellent resources provided by this facility. Each presentation runs for about 20 minutes and will be repeated for a month before the next presentation begins. Weekends at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Ongoing Exhibitions The Museum's timbered Victorian gallery, the Animal Attic, houses an extensive collection of natural history specimens from around the world, re-displayed as they would have been in the late 1800s. A 'museum within a museum', this gallery is unique in New Zealand. Explore the Tangata Whenua Gallery with its impressive displays of Maori Cultural artefacts, including a stunning collection of Southern Maori material. The Pacific Culture Galleries display outstanding collections from Polynesia and Melanesia. People of the World has world archaeological treasures including ancient Greek pottery; a mummy and other fascinating artefacts from Ancient Egypt; a striking collection of swords; exquisite decorative arts from Asia and Europe and a superb array of costume and textiles. Walk the length of the giant Fin Whale in the Maritime Gallery, and then take in the intricate detail of a wealth of nautical artefacts. Come face to face with the extinct giant moa in the Extinction and Survival area and see one of the few complete moa eggs in the world.

Search Centre Otago Museum's Search Centre research facility provides an inviting opportunity for visitors to engage in further research on objects or themes in the galleries of interest to them. It will also be the first stop for the identification of items members of the public bring into the Museum, a service that annually attracts a huge number of objects or specimens. Well resourced, with swift new computers, microscopes, modern journals and a great variety of new books, the Search Centre offers a variety of options for seeking further information. Set in a comfortable and relaxing environment the Search Centre is the perfect place in which to think, read, study, or research. Ongoing Service

Lunchtime Music A range of musicians will liven up the atrium with live performances each week. This is now a regular fixture but is subject to change according to function demands. Museum Foyer, Fridays between 12noon and 1.30pm

Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

JANUARY 2003

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists - Drawings and Prints 1895-1906 Born in 1876 Paula Modershohn-Becker belongs to the circle of artists around the turn of the century who found themselves in opposition to the strict academic line of opinion on art. Her paintings and drawings belong to early Expressionism and she was greatly influenced by the work of Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh, who she had met in Paris. This exhibition is organised by Germany's Institut for Foreign Affairs, Ifa, and is being toured by the Goethe Institut. Runs Until 25 January 2004

The Pre-Raphaelite Dream: Paintings and Drawings from the Tate collection This stunning exhibition takes place in Dunedin and is New Zealand's only venue where visitors will see 71 exquisite works of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the Per-Raphaelite period. The Pre-Raphaelite Dream includes major masterpieces such as John Millais' Mariana, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine and William Holman Hunt's The Awakening conscience. Presented by the National Business Review and supported by the Dunedin City Council and The Community Trust of Otago. Runs Until 15 February 2004

Truth's Mirror This witty and thought-provoking exhibition juxtaposes treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection and is curated by Tony Green, formerly Head of Department of Art History, University of Auckland. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Ongoing Exhibition

Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

Blue Oyster Gallery - Graduate Show 2004 This show exhibits a selection of work from the graduating class of 2003 from the Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Curated by the Blue Oyster Arts Trust, this is always an exciting start to the Gallery's year and is the first chance for audience to view their newly renovated space. 27 January 2004 - 14 February 2004 Blue Oyster Gallery, 137 High Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Robyn Dold, phone (03) 479 0197

Hocken Library

McCahon: A Typeface by Luke Wood In McCahon: A Typeface, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts lecturer Luke Wood, has developed a typeface based on a serious of McCahon's paintings which have the now familiar theological narratives scrawled across New Zealand landscapes and abstract grounds. The project attempts to play with the relationship between an artist's signature style when it is reconfigured into a generic set of shapes, and what happens when a designer starts selecting only a particular aspect of an artwork so it can be used in a new set of contexts. The question Wood addresses is, does the designer, through his editing and stylising of the painter's handwriting, remove the important bits that are at the heart of this artist's work. Commercial success was not a motivation for Wood; the typeface is not licensed or available for sale. However, it has been named: McCahon, as, according to Wood, an honest indicator to its origin. Runs Until 17 January 2004

Paisley: An Installation by Frances Hodgkins Fellow, Sara Hughes Paisley patterns have been a focus for Sara Hughes throughout her year of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in Dunedin because of their association with the early Scottish settlers who wore paisley shawls as fashionable Victorian accessory. There was even a settlement of works from Paisley who were brought to Dunedin. Working with fabric designs has been a recurrent motif in Hughes' previous work where textile references are made within a circular or "dot" motif. She has a history of combining different fabric patterns together to enhance their interaction and to point to notions of the decorative within painting. This exhibition will examine decorative patterns as a conveyor of meaning showing how something like paisley can become a transporter of memory and ideas of trade, history and politics. 23 January 2004 - 3 April 2004

Hocken Library, cnr Anzac Avenue & Parry Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Pennie Hunt, phone (03) 479 5648

Milford Galleries Dunedin

Overview - Notions of the Figurative The second part of Overview is entitled Notions of the figurative. Artists include Joanna Braithwaite, WD Hammond, Lisa Reihana, Tony de Lautour, Robert Ellis, Terry Stringer, Jeffrey Harris, Ross Ritchie, Paul dibble, Julia Morison and others. What might seem disparate at first, it is the collision (and collusion) of idea, purpose and visual intention through utilisation of the representational language that unites a central core of contemporary NZ art. Incisive and decisive: this exhibition presents a powerful portrait of interior and exterior intellect. Runs Until 13 January 2004

Overview - Abstraction and Still Life The third part of Overview is entitled Abstraction and Still Life. Artists include Reuben Paterson, Philip Trusttum, Mervyn Williams, Heather Straka, Jeff Thomson, Judy Millar, Emily Wolfe, Neil Fraser, John Parker, Elizabeth McClure and others. This exhilarating exhibition is a combination of abstract painting, glass and sculpture with that of still life. It demonstrates that while issues of abstraction concerning form, texture and pictorial function are fundamentally different than the traditional concerns of still life painting. If still life is removed from the conventional two-dimensional device of illusion and presented entirely three-dimensionally then there arises a commonality of interests that is as revealing as it is illuminating. 17 January 2004 - 2 March 2004

Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Diana Hennessy, phone (03) 477 7727 Bush, Schroeder Say Differences on Iraq Are Over

Sept. 24, New York

President Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said after their meeting in New York September 24 that their differences on Iraq are over.

The two leaders were in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Bush addressed the General Assembly September 23; Schroeder was expected to speak September 24.

"We've had differences and they're over, and we're going to work together," Bush said he told Schroeder at the outset of their meeting.

Schroeder said that after talking about the situation in Iraq with Bush, "we very much feel that the differences ... have been left behind and put aside by now."

Bush said that he reaffirmed to Schroeder the importance of German-American relations to his administration, and that he appreciated Schroeder's efforts to "help Iraq grow to be a peaceful and stable and democratic country." The German chancellor explained that Germany would "very much like to come in [to Iraq] and help with the resources that we do have" such as providing training for security personnel.

In addition to Iraq and Afghanistan, Bush said the two talked about the Middle East and "proliferation concerns."

Following is the White House transcript:

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(New York, New York)
September 24, 2003

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT BUSH AND CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER OF GERMANY IN A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Waldorf Astoria
New York, New York
9:35 A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT BUSH: Listen, thank you all for coming. Gerhard and I just had a very good meeting. The first thing I told him, I said, look, we've had differences and they're over, and we're going to work together. And I believe when Germany and America work together we can accomplish a lot of positive things. We're both committed to freedom; we're both committed to peace; we're both committed to the prosperity of our people. And I reaffirmed to Gerhard that American and German relations are very important to this administration. I have said so repeatedly. I said so in the Bundestag, and I reiterated it today with the Chancellor.

We will work together in Afghanistan. I appreciate his efforts to help with a -- help Iraq grow to be a peaceful and stable and democratic country. We talked about the Middle East. We talked about proliferation concerns. In short, we talked about the things we can do together to benefit mankind. And I'm really happy we had the meeting today.

Thank you, sir.

CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER: I can only comment and very much confirm what the President has just said. We addressed a whole range of international topics, but we didn't just exclusively talk about international affairs. We also addressed the economic situation, because we feel that our problems, when it comes to that, are similar, indeed. Both of our economies are by now so closely intertwined that it really makes sense to think about them conjointly.

I cannot conceal that I was very pleased, indeed, that the President did appreciate the contribution Germany is making within Afghanistan. We very much are trying to make this a sustainable contribution, and I think our people on the ground are doing a good job, and therefore, I have to say I'm proud of the work they're doing for us, and for us together.

We then proceeded to actually talk about the situation in Iraq, and indeed, we very much feel that the differences that have been, have been left behind and put aside by now. We are both agreed that we want to look into the future together. And I would like to reiterate the fact that Germany has a very strong, in fact a vested interest, in a stable and very democratic Iraq, and to development to that effect. It is very important not just for Iraq as such, but for the whole of the region, for Germany, and therefore, also for Europe. We certainly have emphasized the fact, and I have once more said this to the President myself, how very much we would like to come in and help with the resources that we do have. We could very much envisage that we will assist in providing training for security staff, be it police functions or be it some form of military function. We do have the capacities for that available in Germany, and we would very much like to put them to that purpose.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, sir.

Q: Mr. President, what about the response to your speech yesterday?

PRESIDENT BUSH: I can only judge by your reaction to it. (Laughter.)


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