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Te Papa's May Exhibitions & Events Update


Te Papa's May Exhibitions & Events Update

Kia Ora and welcome to Te Papa's email update service for May! This service provides up to the minute information on our new exhibitions, events, and other news, as well as a monthly summary of what is currently on. For GENERAL ENQUIRIES CONTACT (04) 381 7000 or for possible copies of images please contact Bernie Hanratty on bernieh@tepapa.govt.nz or 04 381 7021. If you would prefer not to receive this service from Te Papa, please send me an email message to the same eddress.

May highlights @ Te Papa May sees a focus on Indian culture. Te Papa's Soundings Theatre shows the exciting new film Gupta vs Gordon, a cross-cultural comedy set in Hawkes Bay, featuring both Indian and kiwi actors. Soundings is also the venue for a new season of Indian Ink Theatre Company's acclaimed work, The Candlestickmaker. Throughout the month Te Papa hosts discussion forums for the Indian community, in association with the Aainaa exhibition in the Community Gallery. And on May 11, enjoy a demonstration of gorgeous Indian bridal adornment. Not to be missed is the free lecture on May 6 by British designer and inventor James Dyson, best know for his innovative Dual and Radix Cyclone vacuum cleaners. May 25 is a big day for ballet fans. Watch as the Royal New Zealand Ballet lifts the curtain on what happens behind the scenes. And take a sneak peek at their upcoming production, The Meridian Energy Season of Romeo and Juliet. Those are just a few of this month's highlights at Te Papa. There are also loads of free shows, floortalks, and children's activities. And don't forget, this month marks your last chance to see the popular exhibition Harley-Davidson: 100 years! Read on for more for details ...

Exhibitions Harley-Davidson: 100 years Ride on into Te Papa to see the bikes and hear the stories that created the Harley-Davidson legend! Until 2 June 2003. Adults $7. Children (4-14 years) $4. Family concessions available.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature Enjoy a rich selection of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. Until October 2003. Free entry.

Striking Poses: New Zealand portrait photography Come face to face with more than a hundred years of studio portraits from Te Papa's photographic collection. Until October 2003. Free entry.

Pacific Rim: Ann Robinson's glass An exhibition of over twenty stunning glass works by acclaimed New Zealand artist Ann Robinson. Until September 2003. Free entry.

Aainaa: reflections through Indian weddings Created by Te Papa in partnership with New Zealand Indian communities, this exhibition explores the wedding ritual to show both traditional and modern experiences of marriage. Until 2004. Free entry.

Experiencing Turbulence: Art and the weather/Ngä toi ö te rangi An exhibition from Te Papa's collection about artists responding to the weather. Until mid-August 2003. Free entry.

Tühoe: children of the mist Discover the early stories of the Tühoe iwi (tribe) and their whakapapa (genealogy), learn about Te Urewera, the sacred forest, find out about key figures and events in Tühoe's proud history, and gain an insight into Tühoe today. Until November 2003. Free entry.

Events:

Thursday 1 6.30pm-8pm: 'Amazing India!' India is an immense, exciting, and extremely diverse country. Join Wellington's Indian community as they offer a fascinating insight into India's rich heritage. Part of the Aianaa forums. 6.30pm-8.30pm: 'Wellington: Marine Mammal Capital of the World.' Our harbour is a regular port of call for whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals. A naturalist photographer and a NIWA scientist explain why. Free entry.

Friday 2 8pm-9pm: The Ultimate Improv Show. Part of the TV2 International Laugh! Festival. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Saturday 3 1pm-2pm: Heebie Jeebies, jazz quartet. Free entry. 8pm-9pm: The Ultimate Improv Show. Part of the TV2 International Laugh! Festival. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Sunday 4 12 noon-1pm: Christ Church Grammar Boys' School, on tour from Perth, Australia. Hear the delightful sounds of this 60 strong choir including a full chamber orchestra. Free entry.

Tuesday 6 6pm-7pm: Lecture by British designer and inventor James Dyson. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear the story of one of the most innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial designers of the age. Best known for his innovative vacuum cleaners, James will talk on his work, career, design, and invention. Free entry.

Thursday 8 6.30pm-8pm: 'Relationships and their challenges'. An opportunity for people of Indian descent to discuss relationship challenges within their personal, professional and social lives. Includes small workshops and wider group discussion. Part of the Aainaa Forums. Free entry.

Saturday 10 1pm-2pm: Ei Tiare, Cook Islands cultural group. Free entry.

Sunday 11 12 noon-1pm: Indian bridal make-up and henna demonstration. Free entry.

Thursday 15 6.30pm-8pm: 'Indian Youth - what do they really think of their heritage?' Hear what young Indian people living in New Zealand today have to say. The evening will include small workshops and wider group discussion. Part of the Aainaa Forums. Free entry.

Saturday 17 12 noon & 2pm: 'Unknown sitter'. Striking Poses exhibition floortalks Athol McCredie, Te Papa's Curator Arts and Visual Culture, looks at studio portrait photography in NZ, from the 1850s to the 1970s and its collecting by Te Papa. Free entry. 5pm & 7.30pm: Gupta vs Gordon. A NZ-made, cross-cultural, Bollywood style comedy feature film, set in Hawkes Bay. All tickets $10. Pre-book tickets at www.gvg.co.nz Box office opens 1 hour prior to screenings.

Sunday 18 12 noon-1pm: Vocal Accord, barbershop quartet. Throughout Te Papa. Free entry. 1pm & 4pm: Gupta vs Gordon. A NZ-made, cross-cultural, Bollywood style comedy feature film, set in Hawkes Bay. All tickets $10. Pre-book tickets at www.gvg.co.nz Box office opens 1 hour prior to screenings. 2pm-2.45pm: Discovery Sunday: Weird and Wonderful Shoes and Gloves. Kids! Join Rosanne Livingstone, Collection Manager, to get some fashion tips from Te Papa's collection. Free entry.

Saturday 24 12 noon & 1.30pm: Harley-Davidson floortalks with Jo and Gareth Morgan, and featuring a fabulous Harley! Free entry.

Sunday 25 12 noon-2pm: 'A Day in the Life of a Dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.' >From studio to stage, catch a glimpse of a dancer's life. Members of the company will also demonstrate how different ballet steps have evolved and look at the ways ballets are put together. Then get a sneak preview of the Meridian Energy Season of Romeo and Juliet. Free entry.

Wednesday 28 9.30am-11am: Join Conservator Paintings, Carolina Izzo, for an illustrated talk about conservation techniques in Italy accompanied by illustrations of beautiful paintings. Friends $10; guests $15 (refreshments included). Phone Elizabeth Ridder (04) 381 7051. 8pm-10.05pm: The Candlestickmaker. A play from the Indian Ink Theatre Company. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Thursday 29 8pm-10.05pm: The Candlestickmaker. A play from the Indian Ink Theatre Company. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Friday 30 8pm-10.05pm: The Candlestickmaker. A play from the Indian Ink Theatre Company. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

Saturday 31 12 noon-3pm: Strike a Pose! Dress up in our period costumes and be photographed. 8pm-10.05pm: The Candlestickmaker. A play from the Indian Ink Theatre Company. Admission charges apply. Phone Ticketek (04) 384 3840.

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