The country’s largest outdoor art event – NZ Sculpture OnShore – opened on 4 November offering visitors a record number of more than 130 spectacular works held at the stunning clifftop park of Operetu Fort Takapuna in Devonport, Auckland.
Returning after a five-year hiatus, the biennial exhibition is Women’s Refuge NZs biggest fundraising event.
To hear about the exhibition, Frances caught up with Chairperson Sally Dewar.
Happening at the end of this month is the 2023 NZ National Poetry Slam, where the top poets in the country will travel here to Tāmaki Makaurau for the opportunity to be crowned the 2023 National Champion.
To hear about the Slam, Frances has a chat in-studio with Abby Irwin-Jones and Auckland Regional Champ, Ngaio Simmons.
In recent arts news, the National Theatre for Children is closing after a glorious 25 years of enthralling tamariki and ākonga around Aotearoa. The work of the theatre has brought many children their first encounter with the magic of live performance. Those that made the decision say they celebrate its legacy of supporting the creation and delivery of high-quality live theatre designed for children. However, the programme has been heavily subsidised for many years to make theatre accessible, and this model is no longer sustainable in the post-pandemic environment. To hear about the closure and what it may mean for tamariki and theatre, Frances spoke with Tim Bray, Artistic Director of Tim Bray Theatre Company and Trustee of Performing Arts and Young People Aotearoa.
Rehab is a show coming to Basement Theatre in early November. Based on lived experience, this unscripted dark dramedy explores early recovery for an eclectic mix of addicts and alcoholics within a residential rehab. To hear about the show, Frances caught up with one of its cast members, Johnson Manukau.