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

 

Skylight's Starry Night

News Release 12 November 2008


Skylight's Starry Night

A charity fundraising event for Skylight being held on Friday November 14 promises to be an entertaining night for all, with a cabaret show that includes performances by two stars - Russian-born Yulia, and Chaz Cummings, winner of New Zealand’s Got Talent.

The amazing performers for the night have been arranged by Capital Theatre Productions, and encompass music, theatre and dance. Pazzazz, I am Woman, dancers from the Wellington Performing Arts Centre and The Willow Singers will also be performing at ‘A Skylight Night’, a charity event that will support Skylight’s programmes.

Skylight, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is the Wellington-based charitable organisation that provides unique support to children, young people and their families/whānau through trauma, change, loss and grief.

Yulia’s personal story resonates strongly with the work of Skylight. Yulia spent the first 16 years of her life in Volgograd, Russia, where she experienced domestic violence, the loss of a close friend from gunshot wounds, and numerous nearby bombings.

Yulia says, “I grew up knowing fear, and at school, I often felt discriminated against because I was working class and the injuries I sustained in an accident made me look different.

“Every day I was frightened and my self-esteem plummeted. For me, physical and verbal abuse was the norm, at home and at school.”

Skylight’s support for children, young people and their families means a lot to Yulia and she is happy to do her bit to help.

“The effects of my Russian life are still felt, I am afraid of being alone and darkness. Knowing that an organisation like Skylight exists is important to me, and for this reason, I could not be prouder to be part of A Skylight Night, and to advocate on behalf of this wonderful organisation.”

Recently named winner of the prestigious television show New Zealand’s Got Talent, 16 year old Chaz Cummings is a student at the Variety Dance Centre, Silverstream.

A Skylight Night is a black tie event and is being held at the Duxton Hotel. Skylight’s Patron, Dame Kate Harcourt will share MC duties with Radio New Zealand’s Wayne Mowat. Ian Paterson, of Just Paterson Real Estate, will be the auctioneer.

Up for grabs in the auction is an overseas trip to China, an artist’s retreat in Key West, a three day stay at a bach in the Marlborough Sounds, a week at Ti Point overlooking the Whangateau Harbour, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet tickets, artwork by Yelena Barbalich, a personal caricature by Tom Scott, a personal performance by local band Chocolat, and Harley Davidson and Mercedes Boomrock experiences.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland