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April highlights @Te Papa


Kia Ora and welcome to Te Papa's email update service for April 2005

April highlights @Te Papa

Come and see inspiring works by some of the world's greatest artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dürer, and Raphael. Opening on April 23, Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection promises an unparalleled experience. Hear curator Martin Clayton talk about how the Collection was formed over five centuries and join him for a tour of the show. Te Papa is the only venue for this exhibition outside Great Britain. New Zealand art features in the popular exhibition Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940- today, which is now complemented by Toi Te Papa: Works on paper 1940-60. For an in-depth look at these artworks meet with curator Victoria Robson on April 2.

At the Italian Film Weekend, enjoy some of the best contemporary Italian films. Then top off the day with a visit to the vibrant exhibition Qui Tutto Bene: The Italians in New Zealand. The school holidays are packed full of exciting activities for all the family. Military Week features an awesome display of army equipment, a chance to see mounted troops and horses, and much more. On Anzac Day, a special concert will mark the ninetieth anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, as will an Arch of Remembrance that you can help decorate. At PlaNet Pasifika Family Day of Siva (dance), join in with all kinds of Pacific-style fun and activities - dancing and drumming, stories, games, and more. And to find out about the amazing Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft Mission to Saturn, come to a talk from the programme manager, Bob Mitchell. Other holiday highlights include a Discovery Hour about the coconut tree (the tree of life), a workshop with three of New Zealand's top comic artists, a magician, and a giant chalk drawing in the spirit of Holbein to Hockney!

EVENTS:

Friday 1 8.30pm-10.30pm: 'An Evening with Mike Nock' - The Oxfam Concert for Darfur, Sudan. See this internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer, and recording artist in a rare solo performance that will appeal to lovers of classical music and jazz alike. Proceeds to Oxfam's Emergency Appeal for the people of Darfur, Sudan. Presented by Celia Lampe and Friends. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Admission charges apply. Book through Ticketek (04) 384 4840, http://www.ticketek.co.nz

Saturday 2 1pm-2pm: Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: Works on paper 1940-60 floortalk. Join Te Papa's Curator of Art and Visual Culture, Victoria Robson, for an in-depth look at this intriguing selection of works by New Zealand artists. The Ilott Room, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 3 1pm-2pm: Zamba Flam. Hear the passionate sounds of this Brazilian/jazz fusion band. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Saturday 9 Qui Tutto Bene Italian Film Weekend Presented courtesy of the New Zealand Italian Film Festival. 1.15pm-2.55pm: Tre uomini e una gamba (Three men and a leg). A box-office hit, this road movie is one of the best comedies of contemporary Italian cinema. Rated PG, contains low-level violence. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry. 3.30pm-5.25pm: L'ultimo bacio (One last kiss). A fast-moving film about love, fidelity, passion, and tenderness. Rated M. Contains sex scenes, offensive language, and drug use. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Sunday 10 Qui Tutto Bene Italian Film Weekend Presented courtesy of the New Zealand Italian Film Festival. 11.45am-1.05pm: Iris. A seven-year-old girl sets off alone across the Italian island of Ustica on a quest for blue flowers. Rated M. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry. 1.45pm-3.25pm: Fuori dal mondo (Not of this world). In this award-winning film a young nun sets out to find the mother of a baby that she discovers in a park. Rated M. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry. 4pm-5.45pm: Le fate ignoranti (Ignorant fairies). A doctor in Rome suddenly finds that her comfortable, childless marriage is over - and then makes a shocking discovery. Rated M. Contains offensive language and sexual themes. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 16 12 noon-1pm: Dixie Dudes. See this lively Dixieland jazz quartet. Signs of a Nation, Level 4. Free entry.

Sunday 17 1pm-1.45pm: Lorenzo e la cura. Hear old and new songs in the southern Italian tradition. Instruments include Italian and Moroccan tamburelli, carcavas, scacciapensieri (jew's harps), bullroars, and more. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Monday 18- Monday 25 Military Week 10am-6pm: See an awesome display of army vehicles and enjoy great performances including the Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Unit with their horses! Kids, join in the fun array of activities! See Te Papa's website for full details. Te Papa Plaza, Level 1; Amphitheatre, Level 1; Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 12 noon-1pm: Zappo the Magician. This fun, interactive show combines dance, music, and movement. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Tuesday 19 Military Week 10am-6pm: See an awesome display of army vehicles and enjoy great performances including the Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Unit with their horses! Kids, join in the fun array of activities! See Te Papa's website for full details. Te Papa Plaza, Level 1; Amphitheatre, Level 1; Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. Pacific Siva (dance) Family Day PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. All events free entry unless noted. 10am-11am: Make a headband or arm/ankle bracelet. Cost $2. Get a free arm/ankle tatau (tattoo). 11am-12 noon: Drum and dance workshop. Learn to play the drums, practise tamure (a Cook Islands dance), and learn the sasa (a Samoan dance). 12 noon-1pm: Make a lolly lei. Cost $2. 1pm-2pm: Dance entertainment on The Marae. Watch a range of Pacific dances performed by the Kiribati Wellington Club. Then join in the dance! 2pm-3pm: Dance costumes of the Pacific. Enjoy a show-and-tell session with Te Papa's Curator Pacific, Kolokesa Mahina. Then make your own mini hula skirt. 3pm-4pm: Pacific storytelling. Hear wonderful stories from the Pacific Islands and join in some action songs. 4pm-5pm: Pacific games. Join in the popular Pacific Islands games lafo, fiti, and find the feke. Plus an all day colouring-in competition and games with prizes! 6pm-7.30pm: Cassini-Huygens space mission. Hear the programme manager for this amazing mission, Bob Mitchell, talk about getting the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft mission to Saturn and Titan. In conjunction with Carter Observatory. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Wednesday 20 Military Week 10am-6pm: See an awesome display of army vehicles and enjoy great performances including the Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Unit with their horses! Kids, join in the fun array of activities! See Te Papa's website for full details. Te Papa Plaza, Level 1; Amphitheatre, Level 1; Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: New Zealand Army Band Quintet - Educational Concert. Enjoy this fun educational programme from the internationally renowned Army Band Quintet. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Thursday 21 Military Week 10am-6pm: See an awesome display of army vehicles and enjoy great performances including the Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Unit with their horses! Kids, join in the fun array of activities! See Te Papa's website for full details. Te Papa Plaza, Level 1; Amphitheatre, Level 1; Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: New Zealand Army Band Quintet - Educational Concert. Enjoy this fun educational programme from the renowned Army Band Quintet. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Friday 22 Military Week 10am-6pm: See an awesome display of army vehicles and enjoy great performances including the Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle Unit with their horses! Kids, join in the fun array of activities! See Te Papa's website for full details. Te Papa Plaza, Level 1; Amphitheatre, Level 1; Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 10am-6pm: Arch of Remembrance. Place a poppy on this beautiful arch and remember the fallen on the ninetieth anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 23 Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection exhibition opens! Military Week 10am-6pm: Arch of Remembrance. Place a poppy on this beautiful arch and remember the fallen on the ninetieth anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 12 noon-1pm: New Zealand Army Band concert. Hear this internationally renowned band perform a full electronic concert with vocals and more! The Amphitheatre, Level 1. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: Holbein to Hockney: How the Royal Collection of drawings and watercolours was formed. Martin Clayton, curator from the Royal Collection, will discuss the formation of the Royal Collection and how it has developed its unique character over the past five hundred years. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry. 2.30pm-3.15pm: Holbein to Hockney - and all points in between. Martin Clayton, curator from the Royal Collection, will give a tour of the exhibition, showing the great variety of uses to which drawing has been put since the Renaissance. Meet at the entrance of the exhibition, The TOWER Gallery, Level 4. Exhibition entry charges apply. 3pm-3.40pm: The Fire of Anatolia. See explosive performance that transforms a 2000-year-old tradition of dance and music into a show that's been seen by more than 100 million. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 4pm-5pm: 'Walking Anzac'. World-renowned military historian Dr Christopher Pugsley gives an illustrated lecture on Gallipoli and the impact this area has had on him over the last 25 years as a historian. Dr Pugsley's visit to NZ is sponsored by the Waiouru Army Museum. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Sunday 24 Military Week 10am-6pm: Arch of Remembrance. Place a poppy on this beautiful arch and remember the fallen on the ninetieth anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 1pm-2pm: New Zealand Army Band concert. Hear this internationally renowned band perform a full electronic concert with vocals and more! The Amphitheatre, Level 1. Free entry.

Monday 25 Military Week and Anzac Day 10am-6pm: Arch of Remembrance. Place a poppy on this beautiful arch and remember the fallen on the ninetieth anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 11am-12 noon: Make an Anzac Day putiputi (poppy). Te Huka ä Tai, Level 4. Cost $2. 11.30am-12.10pm: The Fire of Anatolia. See explosive performance that transforms a 2000-year-old tradition of dance and music into a show that's been seen by more than 100 million. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. 1.30pm-2.30pm: Seventh Battalion Band Anzac Concert. Hear Wellington's official band in a special Anzac Day performance. Features the Drum Corps. Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 3.30pm-5.40pm: Gallipoli (2005). Don't miss New Zealand's first public screening of this feature-length documentary. The film explores the World War l Gallipoli campaign through the letters and diaries of British, Australian, New Zealand, and Turkish soldiers. By Turkish director Tolga örnek with voice-overs by Jeremy Irons and Sam Neill. Soundings Theatre, Level 2. Free entry.

Wednesday 27 1pm-3pm: Create a giant pavement picture! Help us make a huge and colourful chalk drawing to celebrate the opening of the Holbein to Hockney exhibition. Amphitheatre, Level 1. Free entry.

Friday 29 12 noon-1pm: Chopperchick Comics workshop. Learn about comic art and improve your techniques with three of New Zealand's best comic artists - Simon Morse, Greg Broadmore, and Rodney Smith from Chopperchick Comics. Come armed with pencil and paper. The Marae, Level 4. Free entry.

Saturday 30 12 noon-12.30pm & 2pm-2.30pm: Te Roopu o te Wainui Arua. See kaumatua (elders) from the tribes of Rangitane Raukawa, Ngati Apa, Putiki, Te Awa o Whanganui, and Ngarauru perform kapa haka (performance) and waiata (song). Wellington Foyer, Level 2. Free entry. 2pm-2.45pm: Discovery Hour - Tales of the Coconut Tree. Hey kids! Find out about the wonders of the coconut tree - 'the tree of life' - from Te Papa's Senior Curator Pacific, Sean Mallon. Hear fascinating stories and legends, study the tree's structure, and join in the 'make a coconut tree' activity! PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4. Free entry.

SHORT-TERM EXHIBITIONS:

Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection An exhibition of seventy-six works representing a selection of the most significant drawings from the Royal Collection including works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Durer. 23 April-24 July 2005. The TOWER Gallery, Level 4. Adult $12.00; child (4-14 years) $4.50.

Mäori Showbands The people, the sounds, the look, the sensational performing style - experience an extraordinary musical era in Mäori Showbands, Te Papa's first online exhibition. Visit www.maorishowbands.co.nz to explore the people and stories behind this phenomenon. Discover the enduring appeal of some of New Zealand's most magnetic entertainers.

Qui Tutto Bene: The Italians in New Zealand Te Papa and the Italian community combine to present a fresh and fascinating look at what it means to be Italian in New Zealand. Qui Tutto Bene is an exploration of the colourful history and wonderfully diverse influence of this small vibrant community. Until March 2007. Free entry.

Out on the Street: New Zealand in the 1970s Tutu te puehu Come and remember the protests, the personalities, the long hair, and eye-popping fashions of a decade when alternative voices rose to challenge the establishment. Until 29 May 2005. Free entry.

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: 1940-today Showcasing over 100 of the nation's most significant artworks and taonga from Te Papa's collections. The first part of a major project, this exhibition includes works by Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, and Rita Angus. Free entry.

Toi Te Papa Art of the Nation: Works on paper 1940-60 This intriguing selection of works on paper by New Zealand artists illustrates a time of emerging nationalism and experiment in New Zealand art. Another development in the Toi Te Papa project. Until August 2005. Free entry.

Shawls: the elegant drape Showcasing the rich textures and exquisite patterns of a selection of shawls from Te Papa's extensive collection. Until September 2005. Free entry.

Te Awa Tupua: The Whanganui Iwi Exhibition In partnership with Te Papa, Whanganui iwi present stories and taonga from their unique Whanganui river culture, from Te Kähui Maunga (the mountain clan) to Tangaroa (the sea). The exhibition's central theme is contained in the whakatauakï (proverb), 'E rere kau mai te awa nui mai Te Kähui Maunga ki Tangaroa, ko au te awa ko te awa ko au.' (The great river flows from the mountain clan to Tangaroa, I am the river; the river is me). Until May 2006. Free entry.

Wild Design: A fresh look at nature Enjoy a visual feast of photographs, objects, and artworks that bring you up close to design in the natural world. Until late 2005. Free entry.

Ngä Toko Rima | Contemporary clayworks Out of the creation stories of fire, water, and earth, five leading Mäori artists create powerful new works in clay. Until September 2005. Free entry.

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