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Frontseat, this Sunday 3rd April, 10.35pm TV One

Frontseat, this Sunday 3rd April, 10.35pm TV One

The Pathways to Arts & Cultural Employment scheme is under fire again as Labour is accused by its rivals of being soft on the arts. So, in an election year, Oliver Driver examines the cumulative effect of six years of increased arts funding with Associate Arts, Culture & Heritage Minister Judith Tizard and sculptor and academic Andrew Drummond.

Rosemary McLeod has long been known as the queen of the opinion column. And although she's attracted adoration and disdain in equal measure for her bracing brand of sarcasm, few knew before now that she also has a much softer side. Upon the release of her book “Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s-1950s”, McLeod opens her glory box to Jeremy Hansen.

Not long ago, Paul Rothwell was a sweet boy from Levin working as a New World checkout operator. Now he's the author of half a dozen exceptionally dark and funny plays and one of this year's contenders for the NZ Young Playwrights competition. “Hate Crimes”, his latest, opened at Wellington's Bats Theatre this week. Julie Hill meets the playwright.

Gemma Gracewood heads into the thick of the huge South By Southwest (SXSW) music showcase in Austin, Texas. A sort of music industry supermarket held over 5 days in March each year, SXSW sees a thousand bands competing against each other for the attention of 6,000 music industry big-wigs. This year’s SXSW featured five New Zealand bands, one hip hop artist and an exciting on-stage altercation.

PLUS: The winner of the two-year subscription to Art News, and we tell you how you could win a copy of Rosemary McLeod’s “Thrift to Fantasy”.

Best regards,

The Frontseat Team
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