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The Word Festival 2004

MEDIA RELEASE 04/06/04

a word to the wise:

The Word Collective are proud to present
The Word Festival 2004

“a delicious helping from a bunch of adventurous boundary crossers”
The Package

This is to let you now about the up coming Word Festival, 13th-17th July. The Word Festival 2004 is a celebration of communication from spoken word, to visual art, korero to hip-hop.

A more detailed programme will be released closer to the time.

PROGRAMME: fireside poetry reading, fireside korero/storytelling, strictly conscious, word market, publishing and performance workshops, open mic opportunities, Wordform: ongoing visual art exhibition, final night jam.

Producers Craig Ireson and Ciara Mulholland say “last July’s Word Festival was so successful and inspiring that we couldn’t help but stamp it permanently on the abundant Wellington events calendar.

The Word Festival is unique because it’s open. There’s no fourth wall between audience and performer. For example the fireside korero night is set in a circle and operates in a pass-the-tokotoko style. It’s an opportunity for novice performers to work and perform alongside the more experienced.

The Word Collective is like the love train; we want to pick up as many brothers and sisters as we can along the way!”

History of the Word Collective
Magellan Fringe Festival 2003 Nominated: Best New Media
The Inaugural Word Festival July 2003
Speakeasy BATS Theatre, Jazz Festival Oct 2003
Sk8Board Poets Fringe Festival 2004Nominated: Best Outdoor, Original Concept, Ensemble, Promotion Winner: Spirit of the Fringe Award
Salad Bones CD Release March 2004 Bodega Bar

What the Media have said about the Word Collective:

“Thistle Hall is a fitting venue for such an exhibition, sitting right next to the proposed bypass –in Wordform a cacophany of messages are shouted, spat , whispered and even sung."” Mark Amery Dominion Post

“It could even be said that the Word Collective have created a whole new genre!” from Bodega’s ‘Memo’ gig guide/zine


Word Festival 2004 Thistle Hall, Cuba Street
Tues 13 – Sat 17 July

Contact: Cale Hetariki office@thistlehall.org.nz 04 384 3088


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