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Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events August to Sept

Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events August 2003 to September 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.

AUGUST 2003

Selection: Spring/Summer Fashion Stage Show 2003 Due to the success of the Schwarzkopf Professional Summer Fashion Stage Show 2002, an annual charity fashion show has surfaced. Selection: Spring/Summer Fashion Stage Show 2003 aims to promote Dunedin fashion designers, and funky retailers, with Selection's signature twist. A creative marathon, the show will fuse fashion with theatre making a show spectacular. The show also aims to facilitate youth, and funds raised from the ticket sales will go to Youthline Otago and Pride Dunedin Youth - two non-profit organisations working hard for Dunedin's young people. 7 August 2003 Venue - will be a secret industrial location, pick up from the Octagon (location to be confirmed) Contact for enquiries: Konrad Kohuroa, show director, phone (03) 470 1888, or (021) 049 8616

Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre - Fiddler on the Roof Dunedin Operatic proudly presents Fiddler on the Roof, a masterpiece that has touched audiences around the world with its humour, warmth and honesty and featuring cherished songs including 'Sunrise Sunset', 'If I were a Rich Man', and 'Matchmaker'. Fiddler on the Roof is simply musical theatre at its very best. Directed by Gladys Hope with Musical Director Phillipa Hosken and Choreographed by Robyn Sinclair. Runs Until 2 August 2003 Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Lynda Wright-Sear, phone (03) 454 4721 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Blue Oyster Gallery

Gala Kirke, Iain Cheesman And Ana Terry - Post-Areas This collaborative multi-media installation highlights the process of jumps from real to imaginary that we all consistently make. The artists will use a single found object, a postcard from the Californian Crocker Museum, as the common initiative for their works, with each artist interpreting and responding from their own concerns. Gala Kirke, Iain Cheesman and Ana Terry were some of the top graduates from Otago Polytechnic School of Art in 2002 and this show is intended to support their transition into public exhibitions and encourage their professional development. Runs Until 2 August 2003

Tracey Cockburn - Unearthed Australian artist Tracey Cockburn will examine the importance of the ordinary or undistinguished history of a place. With imagery derived from small fragments of imported nineteenth century crockery that were unearthed from a site in Hobart, Cockburn recovers or reconstructs the possible history of a place for the viewer and suggests personal histories that may or may not be real. The works themselves are delicate and beautifully constructed, their decorative nature alluding to interior schemes and the action of pinning in order to link notions of the domestic, women's work or craft making as well as the preoccupation many contemporary women artists have with these. 5 - 16 August 2003

Di Halstead Dunedin photographer Di Halstead will explore hybrid New Zealand identities. Drawing from the large framework of postcolonial theory, Halstead reconfigures our heritage as a mode of cultural production in the present while specifically describing her experiences of being part-West Indian. She presents a rich tapestry of many associated heritages, with culture as a patchwork of many possibilities, and offers cultural loneliness and absence in the face of the predictable stereotypes of a kiwi identity. 19 - 30 August 2003

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

Fortune Theatre - The Taming of the Shrew - by William Shakespeare Undoubtedly Shakespeare's most politically incorrect play, The Taming of the Shrew is a riotous romp through the battlefield of the sexes. There's hardly a moment that a modern audience won't recognise - made even more hilarious in this post feminist age. Setting the action in Central Otago at the turn of the century gives the action an even more pertinent twist as a real Southern Man takes on the feisty Kate: Good on yer' mate! 8 - 30 August 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Arc Café

MARS/Alpha Cast Arc Café is pleased to present the Christchurch band MARS, with local support from Alpha Cast. An original poptastic evening of delight. MARS celebrates the release of their new album live from hempfields. Saturday, 2 August 2003, 9.00pm

Smallfish Smallfish is a Dunedin based four-piece soul influenced band. They perform at pint night with their friend Graham Dooley fresh from their recent Arclife recording sessions. Tuesday, 5 August 2003

Arc Café, 135 High Street, Dunedin Contact for Enquiries: Emmanuelle Gomez, phone (03) 474 1135

Otago Settlers Museum - Fabulous Frocks! - Glorious 19th Century Gowns from the Otago Settlers Museum Collection Fabulous Frocks exhibition unveils some of the glorious gowns worn by pioneer Otago women, including ball gowns, wedding dresses and the smartest street attire. An Otago Settlers Museum exhibition. 9 August - 23 November 2003 Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Val-mai Shaw, phone (03) 474 2728

Hocken Library

Joanna Margaret Paul: Poet and Painter In 1983, Joanna Paul was a Frances Hodgkin's 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. This exhibition comprises of a selection of her artworks along with several of her poems from the publications collection. 16 August 2003 - 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

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

ReFuel Bar

SBK 5th Birthday Party For five years SBK has been bringing the most upfront selection of drum'n'bass to the Dunedin massive. From early beginnings at Fusion SBK's expansion saw the leading djs and producers in the international scene make their way down South. What's more is that "subz n breakz"; Radio One's weekly drum 'n' bass injection is also entering its fifth season. So now it's time to look back at all those heavy gigs... to bring the entire Dunedin drum'n'bass movement together for one night. 2 August 2003

Sola Rosa Album Release Party Sola Rosa celebrates his album release in Dunedin. His previous album sold to over 5,000, indicting this event is not to be missed. 15 August 2003

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

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame - New Exhibit A new exhibit at the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame features Tom Ellison, the first New Zealand rugby captain and the man who devised the renowned black jersey and the silver fern as the team's uniform. Ellison's place in the Hall and in New Zealand sporting history also has a local angle: he was born at Otakou on the Otago Peninsula and it was there he learnt to play rugby. Ongoing Exhibition New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ron Palenski, phone (03) 477 7775

Regent Theatre

NZ International Film Festival Founded in 1977, the NZ International Film Festival presents a highlights package of fifty features - plus shorts at the Regent Theatre, Dunedin. Dunedin's Regent Theatre is a superbly preserved venue that combines the spacious elegance of a '20s movie palace with state-of-the-art projection and sound. The world's southernmost Film Festival is not only a very popular local event; it is also one of the best places in the world to see and hear films. Runs Until 10 August

Madama Butterfly The University of Otago presents Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Of the eight principal roles, five are filled by Otago Alumni (Roger Wilson, Bih-Yuh Lin, Brendon Mercer, Brandon Pou and Emma Fraser). David Griffiths is a previous staff member, having been the Executant Lecturer in Voice before Judy Bellingham. Other professional singers featured are Andrew Rees (Welsh Tenor) and Yih-Lin Hsu (from Tung-Hai University in Taiwan). The artistic personnel include Judy Bellingham (Executive Producer), Elric Hooper (Director) and Tecwyn Evans (Conductor). Madama Butterfly is a love story, a story of commitment and betrayal, of passion and sacrifice. It is also a story of the interaction between East and West, between worlds with different values. Madama Butterfly - Opera at it's most poignant. Saturday, 23 August 2003, 8.00pm, Monday, 25 august 2003, 6.00pm, Wednesday, 27 August 2003, 8.00pm

The Irish Rovers The Irish Rovers are back for another round, after an absence of 10 years from New Zealand's shores. Their last tour in 1992 to New Zealand was a sell-out and they return in August 2003 for 18 performances that promise the usual Irish Rovers fare of rollicking good time music and fun. Audience involvement is essential to The Rovers, a group that loves to perform and who makes sure no one leaves a show without having been happily affected by the sheer exuberance that marks each and every performance. 30 August 2003, 7.30pm

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

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Michael Harrison: Love in the Shadows A survey exhibition of Harrison's intimate, inventive, romantic and often slightly uneasy paintings. An Artspace touring exhibition with support from Creative New Zealand. Runs Until 10 August 2003

Karin Sander: Telling a Work of Art Renowned German artist Karin Sander was recently artist in residence at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland. Appropriately, in this project she uses email to talk about communication at a distance. Supported by the Goethe Institute, Wellington Runs Until 17 August 2003

Gary Blackman: Survey Gary Blackman: Survey opens the shutter of fifty years' work by one of the 'quiet achievers' of New Zealand photography. His work offers a record of some well-known people and places, and also grants importance to some less familiar subjects. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 24 August 2003

Dirty Pixels A multi-media exhibition which explores the impact of digital culture on contemporary artistic practice. An Artspace touring exhibition with support from Creative New Zealand. 16 August - 5 October 2003

Morgan Jones: Moorings Morgan Jones, who lives in the Lakes District near Arrowtown, describes these sculptures as "a personal exploration of history and time". A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until 17 August 2003

Second Thoughts NCC Art Award finalist exhibition for art works in secondary materials. Through the use of 'waste' materials, New Zealand artists raise questions about how we see the world and what we value in it. This exhibition has been organised and toured by Professional Art Services. 23 August - 5 October 2003

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. 30 August - 12 October 2003

Judy Millar: Visiting Artist Project 2003 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. 30 August - 12 October 2003

Ardour for Art: Frances Hodgkins' Path to Modernism The opening exhibition in Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent gallery devoted to the works of one of Dunedin's most famous daughters: Frances Hodgkins. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until December 2003

Truth's Mirror Witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. 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

Playhouse Theatre - Best Food Forward Footnote Dance is New Zealand's national contemporary dance company known for innovative and interesting contemporary dance. Best Foot Forward is a compelling performance that shows the energy, tensions, challenges, and beauty of our world through the eyes of our best choreographers and the bodies of the five Footnote dancers. New Zealand dance and music are the touchstone of their success and 2003 promises us a repertoire of challenges and charisma. 14 - 15 August 2003, 8.00pm Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Celia Jenkins, phone (04) 384 7285 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Town Hall

Eddie Izzard Double Emmy Award-winning Eddie Izzard will tour New Zealand in August of this year. The world-renowned stand-up comedian, acclaimed theatre performer and emerging big screen star returns to New Zealand with the World Premiere of his new stand up show SEXIE. With a string of totally sold out dates in 2000 as the precedent, SEXIE is not to be missed. 15 August 2003, 8.00pm

NZ Symphony Orchestra Master cellist Lynn Harrell performs the Romantic Schumann Concerto and the very famous Elgar Concerto, prefaced by Haydn's famed 'Drumroll' Symphony. The NZ Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Matthias Bamert, and features a programme that includes Haydn's 'Symphony No 103 Drumroll', Schumann's 'Cello Concerto' and Elgar's 'Cello Concerto'. 16 August 2003, 8.00pm

Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago University Union Hall - Pacifier with Fur Patrol & Two Lane Blacktop Pacifier return to New Zealand for a series of knock out shows this August after returning from almost a year touring United States. Joining Pacifier on all dates are Fur Patrol who have been absent from New Zealand stages for far too long and to top off the bill - Wellington band Two Lane Blacktop will be opening all shows. Friday, 22 August 2003, 8.00pm The Union Hall, Otago University, Dunedin Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Dunedin Centre - Eroica Piano Trio Chamber Music New Zealand is proud to present the Eroica Piano Trio from the United States. This dazzling trio have been wowing audiences with its passionate performances and technical mastery. The programme includes Beethoven: 'Piano Trio in C minor Opus 1 No 3', Martinu: 'Five short pieces', Brahms: 'Piano Trio in B Opus 8'. Beethoven as a young man establishing his reputation in Vienna, rhythm and polyphony in one of Martinu's greatest chamber works, and Brahms trio described as "wild" by his colleague Clara Schumann. 28 August 2003, 8.00pm 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 are about to take over the Otago Museum where the newest attraction in New Zealand will also be the oldest. Unlike the man-made imitations in theme parks or the digital animations in films, these dinosaurs actually roamed Earth millions of years ago. Twelve complete dinosaur skeletons, together with 43 other dinosaur fossils, will inhabit the Museum upon the arrival of Chinese Dinosaurs, the Otago Museum's biggest-ever exhibition. Among the attractions is a colossal nine metre high sauropod, the Omeisaurus, which will occupy the foyer and be erected up through the Atrium. A gigantic 23 metre long sauropod, the Mamenchisaurus, will also dominate the premises. Other highlights include the awesome Velociraptor - made infamous by the film Jurassic Park, one of the world's oldest stegosaurs, and a child-sized, parrot-beaked dinosaur. As well as dinosaur skeletons, the exhibition will feature dinosaur eggs, claws, teeth, skeletal spines, large plesiosaurs, tiny nothosaurs, turtles and other marine reptiles. Chinese Dinosaurs will be the largest exhibition to visit New Zealand. It will arrive in New Zealand in four shipping containers and will require eight Chinese technicians to assemble the skeletons. 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, 30 August 2003 - 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 audiences to celebrate the customs of this culture and view stunning Lebanese objects, including household items, jewellery and clothing. People of the World Gallery, until 12 October 2003

Photography Competition Huge Success! The 2003 Otago Museum/NHNZ Otago Wildlife Photography Competition was an outstanding success, with over 240 photographers submitting over 500 entries - the highest number of entries the competition has ever seen. As with last year's competition, the most popular category was the 'Animal' section. The winning and highly commended photographs are now on display for all to see. Nature Galleries, until 28 September 2003

Good Morning Science We all know that we are now in a technology-driven era and we all know how important it is to educate our children about science and technology to prepare them for their futures. An exciting new programme that has been developed at the Otago Museum will help parents and caregivers take a further step towards achieving this important aim. Good Morning Science is an interactive programme set in a social surrounding that aims to give parents and other caregivers the opportunity to learn more about science and technology, and teaches them how to incorporate it into the lives of their children. Good Morning Science raises the understanding and awareness of the value of science and technology through the delivery of unique hands-on presentations as well as providing a range of ideas to help incorporate science and technology into everyday life. A series of presentations is delivered at weekly morning sessions inviting parents, caregivers and their children to come along. Runs Until 28 August 2003, Every Thursday at 10.00am

Guided Tours Take a 'Highlights of the Museum' guided tour and get 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

SEPTEMBER 2003

Blue Oyster Gallery

Scott Flanagan- Constructing An Educated Idiot A Taxanomical Autobiography Scott Flanagan is a Christchurch based artist. His exhibit will deviate from the rigid application of audience response and interaction to focus on the creator. As the school for curatorship burgeons, there is an apparent danger for the creator to be misinterpreted at best and misrepresented at worst. Flanagan suggests that these misrepresentations can often be attributed to the curator's own need of ambition and he poses a divergent response to this problem based on the construction of OEan educated idiot. To ensure the artist is represented with integrity, Flanagan secures the comfort of the audience, assures them that what they view is not recondite and that it can be connected, either tenuously or obviously, to other things, times, places and perhaps an all encompassing similitude. 2 - 13 September 2003

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 OEArt 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. 30 September 11 October 2003

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre - Cleveland Art Awards 2003 The Cleveland Living Arts Charitable Trust in association with the Dunedin City Council invites entries to the Cleveland Art Awards 2003. With a total prize pool of $9,000 the Cleveland Art Awards is one of the largest in the South Island. The awards have two main categories: Paintings/works on paper - open to residents of Otago, Southland and South Canterbury; and Sculpture/Ceramics/Jewellery/Applied Arts - open to all South Island and Stewart Island Residents. Entry forms available from the Cleveland Arts Centre. 21 - 23 September 2003 - Entries Received 3 - 19 October 2003 - Public Viewing 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 - Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpswede Artists - Drawings and Prints 1895-1906 Born in 1876, Paula Modersohn-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 work of Gauguin, Cezanne and van Gogh, who she met in Paris. The exhibition is organised by Germany's Institute for Foreign Affairs, Ifa, and is toured by the Goethe Institute. 28 September 2003 - 25 January 2004 Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 The Octagon, PO Box 5045, Dunedin Contact for enquires: Tim Pollock, phone (03) 474 3243

ReFuel Bar

Sommerset (from Auckland) Fresh back from their tour of Europe where they supported Wu Tang clan these boys are hi energy driven PUNK. 3 September 2003

Herbaliser Direct from the UK playing their only South Island date Herbaliser (Ninja Tuens Label). 11 September 2003

Degrees K + Ejector Triumphant from their Australian tour where they played to rave reviews, Degrees K bring it back home with support from Ejector who played the Welly True colours gig in May. 26 September 2003

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

Dunedin Town Hall - Southern Sinfonia - Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto Leslie Howard was recently awarded the 'Member in the Order' of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for "Services to the Arts". This distinguished pianist returns to Dunedin to perform Beethoven's 'Piano Concerto No. 5', entitled The Emperor, with the Southern Sinfonia. Continuing the Sinfonia's proud tradition of supporting new New Zealand music, this concert opens with a work commissioned from one of our country's foremost composers, Wellington-based Ross Harris. Completing the programme is Brahms's 'Serenade No. 1', one of his most joyous and contented works. The Southern Sinfonia will be under the expert baton of Werner Andreas Albert, a conductor of international stature. Friday, 5 September 2003, 8.00pm Town Hall, Moray Place, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Philippa Harris, phone (03) 477 5623 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Regent Theatre - Freddie Mercury Tribute - Gary Mullen - Stars in their Eyes Winner Since winning Granada TV's "Stars In Their Eyes" Gary Mullen has been in constant demand for television and radio interviews and has been performing sell out concerts throughout the UK and the continent. On stars in their eyes Gary polled more votes than any other performer in the history of the programme. Gary Mullen brings to the concert stages of New Zealand his own backing band from the United Kingdom to perform all the Freddie Mercury and Queen hits. The show completes with stunning lighting and stage effects will recreate the Freddie Mercury and Queen era. Friday, 26 September 2003, 7.30pm Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Fortune Theatre - The Drawer Boy - by Michael Healey The Drawer Boy is another New Zealand premier. This prize-winning Canadian play tells the moving story of two farmers whose life-long friendship and dependency is about to be changed forever by the arrival of a young actor in search of a story to tell. Re-set in rural New Zealand the play is touching, heart stopping and comic as it magically blends the themes of love, loss, isolation and the redeeming power of drama. The Drawer Boy is directed by Eastenders star Gavin Richards. 10 - 28 September 2003 Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: (media) Lisa Scott, phone (03) 477 1695 or Box Office (03) 477 8323

Otago Museum - Photography Competition Huge Success! The 2003 Otago Museum/NHNZ Otago Wildlife Photography Competition was an outstanding success, with over 240 photographers submitting over 500 entries - the highest number of entries the competition has ever seen. As with last year's competition, the most popular category was the 'Animal' section. The winning and highly commended photographs are now on display for all to see. Nature Galleries, Runs Until 28 September 2003 Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin Contact for enquiries: Ryan Helliwell, phone (03) 474 7474 ext 845

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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: 23 July 2003

Dunedin, New Zealand

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

Cleveland Living Arts Centre - Cleveland Art Awards 2003 The Cleveland Living Arts Charitable Trust in association with the Dunedin City Council invites entries to the Cleveland Art Awards 2003. With a total prize pool of $9,000 the Cleveland Art Awards is one of the largest in the South Island. The awards have two main categories: Paintings/works on paper - open to residents of Otago, Southland and South Canterbury; and Sculpture/Ceramics/Jewellery/Applied Arts - open to all South Island and Stewart Island Residents. Entry forms available from the Cleveland Arts Centre. 3 - 19 October 2003 - Public Viewing 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

Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre - H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance Two largely distinct principal casts of almost 20 soloists, together with a strong and energetic mixed chorus of about 36 singers will give full voice to some of Sullivan's most popular music. Twenty-five members of the Southern Sinfonia will perform his authentic and delightful orchestration in the pit. The performances are directed by Alan Spender from the UK, associate director Hilary Norris and musical director Michael Andrea. The guest artist is Stephen Brown, from the UK, in the roles of Ralph Rackstaw (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance). 25 October 2003 - 8 November 2003 Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Lynda Wright-Sear, phone (03) 454 4721 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597 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. The Festival provides an excellent opportunity to showcase and celebrate the rhododendrons of Dunedin, one of the finest rhododendron growing areas in the world. With an array of quality exhibitions, workshops and 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 of British Art which will be in its first week of a four-month season in Dunedin. For more information on programmed events visit www.rhododunedin.co.nz. 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 (not all events require bookings)

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 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. 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 - 24 October 2003

Daniel Malone 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 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 - 8 November 2003

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

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Dirty Pixels Dirty Pixels is a multi-media group exhibition that explores the impact of digital culture on contemporary artistic practice. An Artspace touring exhibition with support from Creative New Zealand. Runs Until 5 October 2003

Second Thoughts NCC Art Award finalist exhibition for art works in secondary materials. Through the use of 'waste' materials, New Zealand artists raise questions about how we see the world and what we value in it. This exhibition has been organised and toured by Professional Art Services. Runs Until 5 October 2003

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

Judy Millar: Visiting Artist Project 2003 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

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

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. A Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition. Runs Until December 2003

Truth's Mirror Witty and thought-provoking juxtapositions of treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery's permanent collection. 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

Thomas Morland Hocken: Collector of Maori Artefacts The Hocken Library and Otago Museum are collaborating to present this exhibition which addresses a largely unexplored aspect of Dr Hocken's collecting activities - namely his interest in Maori artefacts. Well known now for his library of New Zealand-related books and manuscripts gifted to the people in 1910, Hocken's ethnographic collection also subsequently formed the core of the Maori holdings at the Museum. The exhibition combines a selection of original Maori artefacts with photographs, pictures and written material, providing a fresh insight of a benefactor intent on putting the record straight and preserving the nation's heritage before it was lost. 10 October 2003 - 24 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 anew 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

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

Otago Museum

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

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

NOVEMBER 2003

Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre - H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance Two largely distinct principal casts of almost 20 soloists, together with a strong and energetic mixed chorus of about 36 singers will give full voice to some of Sullivan's most popular music. Twenty-five members of the Southern Sinfonia will perform his authentic and delightful orchestration in the pit. The performances are directed by Alan Spender from the UK, associate director Hilary Norris and musical director Michael Andrea. The guest artist is Stephen Brown, from the UK, in the roles of Ralph Rackstaw (H.M.S. Pinafore) and Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance). Runs Until 8 November 2003 Westpac Trust Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward Street, Dunedin Contact for media enquiries: Lynda Wright-Sear, phone (03) 454 4721 Contact for bookings: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

Otago Settlers Museum - Fabulous Frocks! - Glorious 19th Century Gowns from the Otago Settlers Museum Collection Fabulous Frocks! exhibit unveils some of the glorious gowns 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

Blue Oyster Gallery

Daniel Malone 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 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. 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

Georgiana Morison - Hacker 2: Messing About With this interactive installation that employs new media, Wellington artist Georgiana Morison invites the viewer to play cartographer, architect, self and analyst in the spaces they occupy. Including new research and development in the areas of electronics, sound and digital video media, the conceptual basis of the work considers how new technologies contribute to producing new positions for identity by exploring the confrontations and interplays between notions of virtual, real and psychological space. 25 November - 6 December 2003

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

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 picturebook-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 enquiries: Regent Ticketek, phone (03) 477 8597

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

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

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 are about to take over the Otago Museum where the newest attraction in New Zealand will also be the oldest. And unlike the man-made imitations in theme parks or the digital animations in films, these dinosaurs actually roamed Earth millions of years ago. Twelve complete dinosaur skeletons, together with 43 other dinosaur fossils, will inhabit the Museum upon the arrival of Chinese Dinosaurs, the Otago Museum's biggest ever exhibition. Among the attractions is a colossal 9 metre high sauropod, the Omeisaurus, which will occupy the foyer and be erected up through the Atrium. A gigantic 23 metre long sauropod, the Mamenchisaurus, will also dominate the premises. Other highlights will include the awesome Velociraptor - made infamous by the film Jurassic Park, one of the world's oldest stegosaurs, and a child-sized, parrot-beaked dinosaur. As well as dinosaur skeletons, the exhibition will feature dinosaur eggs, claws, teeth, skeletal spines, large plesiosaurs, tiny nothosaurs, turtles and other marine reptiles. Chinese Dinosaurs will be the largest exhibition ever to visit New Zealand. It will arrive in New Zealand in four shipping containers and will require eight Chinese technicians to assemble the skeletons. 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


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