Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Exhibition a Chance to Reflect on Scottish Heritage

Dunedin (Wednesday, 15 January 2014) – Are we still a Scottish city?

DUNedinburgh, an upcoming exhibition at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, provides a chance to reflect on the city’s Scottish heritage and ask ourselves to what extent we are still the Edinburgh of the South.

Curator Seán Brosnahan says, “Dunedin is such a Scottish place in so many ways, but it’s also a modern New Zealand city. How those two things relate is really what this exhibition is exploring.

“We hope that all those people with Scottish ancestry – and that is a large proportion of the city’s population – will come and develop their own answers to the question of Dunedin’s enduring Scottishness. Are bagpipes and tartan just something we play up for the tourists or do people here still value their Caledonian heritage?”

The exhibition, located in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, opens on Friday, 24 January and runs until Sunday, 13 July. Admission is free.

Exhibition highlights include:

• Colours of the New Zealand Scottish Regiment: symbolising the honour of our uniquely Scottish military unit and rarely displayed outside army premises.

• Caledonian Stone Chair: Dunedin’s own stone of destiny, carved from a huge block of Waikawa granite and inscribed with Gaelic inscriptions referencing Scotland’s coronation stone.

• Original weavings of the Dunedin and Otago tartans: distilling our Scottish heritage in thread and creating a tartan pattern that symbolises our history and shared identity.

• Presbyterian treasures from the National Museum of Scotland: reminders of the religious passions that led to the establishment of Dunedin as a Presbyterian settlement.

• The Edinburgh Reliquary: a symbol of Dunedin’s special relationship with Edinburgh, presented to the City as a gift on its centennial in 1948.

Continuing the Scottish theme, Toitū is hosting the Burns Night Dinner on Saturday, 25 January as a special celebration of poet Robert Burns’ birthday. The event has been organised in conjunction with the Burns Club as part of Scottish Dunedin celebrations that weekend.

For more information visit www.toituosm.com/visit/whats-on/burns-night.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news