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

 


NZ artists to take stage at major music festival in Scotland

January 29 2014

New Zealand artists to take centre stage at major music festival in Scotland

NZ takes the mantel this week to showcase our indie folk and roots music in exactly a year’s time at the world’s largest winter music festival, in Scotland.

Each year Celtic Connections in Glasgow engages with one international partner, to draw together Celtic and roots music strands from around the world; 2015 will highlight NZ indigenous artists through the Showcase Scotland programme.

Amongst the NZ performers confirmed for 2015 are taonga puoro composer and practitioner Horomona Horo, and Moana and the Tribe, with more artists to be announced over the coming months.

Over 100,000 tickets sold during the first few week’s of this year’s festival which features 234 delegates from 29 countries. More than three million dollars worth of artist bookings can be expected from the showcase.

British Council NZ is the delivery partner which brokered the NZ connection for 2015.

“The revival of folk music worldwide mirrors the interest in diaspora roots in countries like New Zealand. This, along with our historical links to Scotland and the whole of Britain, make the festival an inspiring way of exploring commonalities and culture through music,” said British Council NZ Country Director Ingrid Leary.

“Showcase Scotland at Celtic connections are delighted to be partnering with New Zealand in 2015. We are looking forward to learning and discovering the music and traditions of the nation,” said Lisa Whytock producer Showcase Scotland at Celtic connections.

The Showcase Scotland project is one of several artist links NZ has forged with Scotland, through a Letter of Intention signed last year between Creative New Zealand, Creative Scotland, and the British Council Head of Arts in London, brokered by British Council New Zealand.

The agreement saw a record 14 NZ delegates attend the Edinburgh Festival; and on St Andrews Day last year (November 30) a special festival was held in the Octagon to mark the Commonwealth Queen’s Baton relay.

Celtic Connections started in 1994 in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and has since been held every January. In the beginning it was held in just one venue and ran over 14 days. Since then it has grown even bigger and better now encompassing almost 20 venues right across the city of Glasgow and running over 18 days.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news