02 Oct 2011
Applications to represent Aotearoa/New Zealand at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts close this month.
Applications to represent Aotearoa/New Zealand at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts close at the end of this month (October 2011).
Māori and New Zealand-based Pacific artists are encouraged to take the opportunity to present a distinct Aotearoa voice at this premier arts and culture event for the peoples of the Pacific.
The Festival of Pacific Arts takes places every four years bringing together more than 2000 artists and other cultural practitioners.
In July next year a Creative New Zealand led delegation will participate in the 11th Festival of Arts in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Invitations are extended to the indigenous people of each country and Creative New Zealand is supporting and co-ordinating the New Zealand delegation.
“As tangata whenua of New Zealand, Te Waka Toi, the Māori arts board of Creative New Zealand has extended the invitation to Pacific artists based in New Zealand,” said Te Waka Toi Chair Darrin Haimona.
Mr Haimona says, “This is an opportunity for Māori and Pacific artists to share their artistry and cultural traditions, with a view to the future. Ultimately, the chosen artists will represent the best of traditional and contemporary arts from Aotearoa New Zealand”.
Expressions of interest are sought from accomplished and emerging Māori and New Zealand-based Pacific artists. The opportunity is open to individual artists and groups that practice a wide range of artforms, including heritage and contemporary arts.
Selected works will relate to the festival’s theme, "Culture in Harmony with Nature".
Aotearoa New Zealand has sent a delegation to every festival since 1972 and has included weavers, sculptors, carvers, theatre groups, storytellers, dancers, musicians and kapa haka.
The application form, selection criteria and information about the festival’s theme are available on the Creative New Zealand website: www.creativenz.govt.nz
Applications close Monday 31 October 2011, 5.00pm.