31 Oct 2018
ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland comes alive with Pacific art this weekend with the inaugural FREE arts festival : The Guerrilla Collection.
To ensure everyone who wants to experience this free festival can, Black Grace is providing free buses so that even those who can't afford transport into the city can experience the event.
Running throughout the day on Saturday 3 November, buses will pick up people from Manukau and Henderson and bring them into the centre of activity at ASB Waterfront Theatre.
The entire festival is pointedly open-access, with Black Grace NZ icon and Arts Laureate Neil Ieremia determined to avoid price being a factor in limiting people from being able to enjoy art.
"I want Pacific people to see themselves on stage, their stories, people they can relate to," says Ieremia. "Constraints come with selling tickets and meeting box office targets so I decided it was high time to bust the model."
In a festival environment with food, panel discussions, live music and visual art exhibitions, The Guerrilla Collection kicks off on Friday night from 7pm, with performances all weekend long in and around the ASB Waterfront Theatre. A total of seven curated movement-based pieces will be showcased on Saturday, including two family-friendly performances; the popular Baggage by Jandel J and the Funky Friends opens the day at 12pm, and Neil Ieremia himself will be in action launching his new children's book Elephantic at 1pm.
The final schedule of 30-minute works from some of Auckland's finest artists has also been confirmed, with each piece exploring the future of the largest Polynesian city in the world from a uniquely Pacific perspective. Visit The Guerrilla Collection website for the schedule and full details.