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New Zealand Artist Gives Back To Nepal

New Zealand Artist Gives Back To Nepal

A New Zealand artist deeply touched by her visit to Nepal this year is exhibiting paintings this month which celebrate the country and will donate some profits from the show to assist the Nepalese people.

Kate Northcott's exhibition "A Journey through Nepal" is at Palette Gallery, 1 Williamson Ave, Belmont, North Shore, from 17 - 31 July.

The artist kept a visual diary during her trip, which included visits to cities such as Bhaktapur. This inspired a series of paintings which document her journey.

Palette Gallery director Deborah Moss says Ms Northcott's bold use of colour, symbolism and an aerial perspective, combine to make intriguing pieces.

It is hoped that Sir Edmund Hillary and Lady Hillary will attend the preview on July 16 (7-9pm).

The artist's decision to make a donation stems from her "gratitude for the amazing experiences [she] had in Nepal, and concern for the wellbeing of the people and environment of Nepal."

For further information visit or ph 09 446 6333.

Opera off Broadway - a double bill of French farce in Newmarket Offenbach's 'RSVP Monsieur Choufleuri' and Poulenc's 'Mamelles de Tiresias' (sung in English) starring emerging young stars from Opera Factory in an innovative fringe production directed by Sally Sloman, Musical Director Claire Caldwell, designed by John Eaglen, this fringe season will be performed at Opera Factory studio theatre.

Tickets $25 (concessions available). Ph 09 585 1229 or

What: Double bill of French operas 'RSVP' & ' Mamelles de Tiresias'

When: 14 - 24 July (Wed to Sat at 7.30 pm)

Where: Opera Factory Theatre. 18 Eden Street, Newmarket

Who: Opera Factory.

Phone: 09 520 3744 -

RSVP MONSIEUR CHOUFLEURIS (Mr Cauliflower) by Offenbach Mr Cauliflower receives only regrets from famous singers he has invited to a soiree; his butler is mildly amused. His daughter Ernestine, suggests her bassoon playing lover Chrysodule Babylas as a substitute opera tenor while she and her father can disguise themselves as other famous singers. They present a showy operatic trio to the Glitterati of guests, and to save ridicule, Mr Cauliflower consents to the marriage of Ernestine and Babylas and all ends happily. Starring: Sharon Yearsley, John Chapman, Craig Gibbon, Robert Hughes and the Opera Factory Company.

LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS: (The Breasts of Tiresias) By Poulenc This fantastical opera is a series of sketches with the battle of the sexes as the general theme. Therese deserts her husband to become a male, in return, her husband dresses as a woman. A pair of drunkards argues, duel and kill each other yet later come to life. An investigating Gendarme falls in love with the husband. The husband declares he will make children if his wife will not. By Act II the husband has produced thousands of children and a crazy succession of subterfuge follows. The opera ends with Therese returning as a women and she and her husband are reunited, all the participants urge the audience to go and make children. Starring: Paul Erbs, Stephanie Cox, Alice Collins, Hadleigh Adams, and Dragan Atanasov with a number of other principals and the Opera Factory Company.

STROMA presents RE:LOCATION Stroma is a collection of Wellington-based professional musicians, mostly from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, who are dedicated to the performance of new music. The group was formed in 1999 by Michael Norris (then Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago), NZSO wind principals, Bridget Douglas & Hamish McKeich and Phillip Brownlie. Consisting of NZSO principal winds, brass and strings (and other top professionals), Stroma has the credentials to tackle difficult music in a variety of instrumental combinations.

Stroma presents new music by composers who cross cultures, nations and boundaries. Music by Chinary Ung, Jos Evangelista, Roberto Sierra and two world premieres by Alison Isadora and John Croft. Performing on July 10 at 8.00pm, St Andrews on The Terrace, Wellington. Adults $20, Concessions $15, door sales only.

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united. Humboldt.

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