Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Council supported artists win big at the Fringe Awards

Wednesday 28 March

Council supported artists win big at the Fringe Awards

Council’s support and investment in arts is paying dividends with recent accolades and awards for creative recipients.

This week, it was announced that Toi Pōneke dance residency show Blueprint won two awards at the 2018 Fringe Festival ceremony. Toi Pōneke Community Arts Residency recipientsEverybody Cool Lives Here with Jacob Dombroski’s Big J Styles, also took out a top gong, as well as getting highly commended for two awards.

Arts and Events Manager Natasha Petkovic-Jeremic says examples like Blueprint and Big J Styles are great stories as they demonstrate how Council supports local talent through numerous channels.

“Not only do we provide funding through our various grants, but there is also a platform through our ReCut events, residencies at Toi Pōneke, artist exchange programmes, and support through our arts advisors too.

“For a relatively small investment we can make an enormous contribution to artistic careers by providing advice and support around all the skills they may require for a future in the arts. Our residencies can provide actual practical experience of producing a show, installing an exhibition, marketing and promoting work.”

The past few months of festivals and events have added to Wellington’s growing reputation as the Cultural Capital of New Zealand according to Mayor Justin Lester, who also holds the Arts and Culture portfolio.

“Our investment in local talent and the creative sector has been on show through the Fringe and International Festivals, as well as through the hundreds of events put on for Summer City and ReCut – most of which we have supported through our grants and events funding.

“A diverse, interesting and exciting arts programme of events contributes to the vibrancy and economy of the city, and attracts other creative individuals and organisations, visitors, top international acts, and businesses.”

A 2017 infometrics report into creative cities in New Zealand showed Wellington to be New Zealand’s most creative city, with 6.4% of the city’s workforce being involved in creative and artistic occupations and industries.

For funding advice, criteria required, or to apply for funding visit wcc.govt.nz/funding, phone 04 803 8562 or email funding@wcc.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed? - Have Your Say

Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon.

We at Scoop and PEP believe that an issue as important as the fairness of the tax regime should be open for discussion, debate and dialogue. Unfortunately, a written submission process just doesn’t encourage the kind of public exchange we think is necessary in a well-functioning democracy. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages