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CreationFest workshop coming to a high school near you!

For Immediate Release
12 March, 2014

CreationFest workshop coming to a high school near you!

CreationFest organisers are going on the road to help inspire and support secondary school students as part of a creative arts extravaganza.

This month’s week-long roadshow will see organisers speaking at assemblies at secondary schools throughout Rotorua as well as in Reporoa, Taupo, Tauranga and Whakatane. The co-ordinators for each of the creative section competitions – wearable art, short film and live performance – will present to school assemblies and hold information sessions for student groups and teachers.

Following the roadshow students and teachers can stay in contact with the CreationFest team through online support and will be able to attend a trouble-shooting weekend held at the Blue Baths at the end of April.

Waiariki Institute of Technology will be supporting CreationFest through involvement in workshops which will be held to assist those entering.

“This event is a platform for people to showcase their creativity and we’re particularly focussed on maximising this opportunity for local youth,” CreationFest event manager and Blue Baths managing director Jo Romanes says.

“We want as many students as possible to take part and I think our dynamic team will prompt many young people to become involved in an exciting creative journey. The roadshow is an excellent opportunity for them to find out all about it, get some great advice and tips, ask questions, get inspired, and get creating.”

The CreationFest Roadshow will run from March 17 to 21.

CreationFest is organised by the Blue Baths event management team and a host of arts professionals and is supported by the Rotorua Creative Arts Trust, the founders of the original Wearable Creationz shows. Combining wearable arts, live performance and a nationwide short film competition into one vibrant, innovative show, CreationFest will be held over five performances in July.

The new event is staying true to the aims of the trust to foster art, talent and youth in the community, mirroring the Blue Baths Emerge entertainment programme, launched two years ago to provide a platform for young performing artists.

The CreationFest live performance section will be coordinated by Emerge musical director Darlene Mohekey, who will select young locals through auditions to perform at the shows in July, alongside professional entertainers. The inaugural national Short Film Competition, which has youth and open categories, will be co-ordinated by top New Zealand actor and director John Callen.

“The live performances and film competition are exciting additional opportunities for community involvement in this much-loved event and we hope creative people both from within and outside of Rotorua will enter,” Jo Romanes says.

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