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Frontseat, 10.30pm, Sunday 22nd May - So Relevant

Frontseat, 10.30pm, Sunday 22nd May - So Relevant

Frontseat, this Sunday 22nd May, 10.30pm TV One

Frontseat analyses what's in Budget 2005 for the arts and looks ahead to what the next political term may hold for New Zealand's arts community.

Julie Hill looks at the new slew of commercial radio stations and their fight for dominance over the 'breakfast' and 'nine-to-noon' slots. She examines the quality of the content between the advertisements, and assesses what National Radio's 'relevancy audit' will mean for the public broadcaster's personalities (not to mention the ‘bird call’).

Oliver Driver talks to journalist Bianca Zander about the new slew of female-focused media, and whether it’s a damaging regression into old-time femininity, or an astute reflection of what’s been happening amongst younger feminists, who are reclaiming crafts like knitting and preserving in a retro-feminist nod to their grannies.

'Hobby courses' have come under threat following damaging headlines about classes in diving and singalongs. Now all extra-curricular courses are getting the once-over to decide what's important, and this means popular adult & community education night classes at local high schools are coming under the microscope. Jeremy Hansen investigates.

A compelling new exhibition at Victoria University's Adam Art Gallery features photographs of isolated people and isolating places, exploring psychiatric institutions in photography. Frontseat talks to curator and gallery director Sophie McIntyre and photographers Chien-Chi Chang and Jono Rotman.

Sunday 29th May, Frontseat, 10.30pm on TV One:
The Music of Rugby - All Black Anton Oliver and Mu, the band-leader of current chart-toppers Fat Freddy's Drop, tell Oliver Driver what music and rugby can learn from each other.

All Black hooker and Highlander captain Anton Oliver is an arts-literate music fan and the proud owner of a NZ-made guitar. Mu (aka Chris Faiumu) is the rugby-loving captain of the Wellington all-star band Fat Freddy's Drop, who have rocketed to the top of the Top 50 Album chart with their debut long-player 'Based on a True Story'. In a world where music plays an important part in hyping up the crowds at live games, and where a Friday evening match often precedes a night out watching local bands, Frontseat is delighted to bring these two men of action together for a rare and special conversation.

Best regards,

The Frontseat Team
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