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Wellington Steals Annual Guitar Awards From Auck.


New Zealand Annual Guitarist of the Year Award to be held in the Capital.

On November 2, Wellington will host a celebration of the guitar in the Third Annual presentation of – World Series GUITAR FESTIVAL 2000. Featuring international guitar virtuoso and seven time Grammy Award Winner Martin Taylor from the UK and Australian Golden Guitar Winner Michael Fix, the two and a half hour event will also include New Zealander’s Graham Wardrop and James Wilkinson plus legendary Gray Bartlett.

The pinnacle of the show at the Capital Michael Fowler Centre, will be the announcement and presentation of the 2000 New Zealand Guitarist of the Year Award won in 1999 by Martin Winch (Espresso Guitar).

The winner will receive a $4000 Fender guitar package from Direct Imports and the trophy presented by GANZ the New Zealand Association.

In the true spirit of a ‘festival’ the Wellington Convention Centre will be promoting an expo entitled ‘Guitar & Sound’ in its open foyer areas, which will allow the public to explore the world of this important and influential musical instrument. This FREE admission activity will be for the experienced or for the curious and a further highlight for the more serious players are afternoon workshops run by two of the featured artists. Registration is limited for the workshops with applications at the MFC but this too is FREE.

Nominees for the Guitarist of the Year Award will be announced on October 19th. All will be flown to Wellington courtesy of sponsor Air New Zealand.

The organisers, Wellington Convention Centre and Capital C:Concerts are determined to out-gun Auckland and make these awards an annual event on the Wellington Events and Arts calendar.

For additional Biographical Material on the featured artist, digital photos, interviews with nominees and the awards presentation or expo please contact:


Director Capital C: Concerts: On behalf of the Wellington Convention Centre

Capital C
PO Box 14-613 Wellington. New Zealand.

North American Office:
GMS Group: 100 East Poplar Ave. Fayetteville, Arkansas. USA ~ Phone: +1 (501) 527-0300

Capital C ~ the only fully dedicated Wellington Convention, Concert, Conference and Events Company.

Watch for: 'Tribute to the Carpenters' - Wellington Oct 17
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Watch for: ‘Guitar Festival 2000 & NZ Guitarist of the Year’


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