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

 


Pūtahi Festival - a week of choice Māori theatre

Pūtahi Festival - a week of choice Māori theatre

Wellington has a long, proud history of producing iconic Māori theatre and performers, and is home to some of this county's leading Māori theatre writers, directors, actors and producers who continue to present international quality work for our stages in an environment where arts funding and performance space is hotly contested.

So, where else would you hold a festival of Māori Theatre?
This February *Te Pūtahitanga a te Rēhia, an Independent Māori Theatre collective of long time theatre professionals such as Jim Moriarty, Nancy Brunning, Tanemahuta Gray and Hone Kouka; and including many more of the Wellington Māori Theatre community, will be adding to the arts festivities in the city by offering Pūtahi Festival – a week of choice Māori theatre and a celebration of the diversity of Te Ao Māori.

The festival is offering international quality theatre with prices that have the community in mind where you can expect to see fresh, inspiring, heartening and uniquely Māori theatre works, both seasoned and new.

Featuring Hone Kouka's newest work the beautiful ones - a hyper real digital love story produced by Tawata Productions, Te Rakau Trust's moving story of friendship, love, madness and redemption The Battalion, Bruce Mason Award 2013 recipient Jamie McCaskill's new work Not in our Neighbourhood, a solo show on life at the Women's Refuge, produced by Tikapa Productions, as well as an afternoon of play readings and TGI Whanau – an evening of fine Māori music and company.

The festival is on from 25 February - 1 March at Studio 77, 77 Fairlie Terrace, Kelburn, Wellington. Go to http://putahifestival.com for more information.

*Te Pūtahitanga a te Rēhia is an Independent Māori Theatre collective formed in January 2013 to support, share and create Māori works/experiences for Wellington, NZ and the world. We have come together to strengthen the Māori Theatre community, advocate for change within the current infra-structure and support the needs of the community at present. The members of Te Pūtahitanga are committed to theatre and Māori culture. We believe in leaving a healthy and supported industry for the next generation of practitioners to come. The Pūtahi Festival is the first project the collective will be working on together.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news