Arts fest for Porirua
Overseas Acts coming
While Wellington City will be a hive of activity for The New Zealand International Arts Festival in March, the Art on the Move programme will ensure plenty of buzz in Porirua.
Two concerts, The Barefoot Divas’ Walk A Mile In My Shoes and one by Canadian ukulele maestro James Hill, are being staged at Pataka in March.
The Barefoot Divas consist of Whirimako Black, Emma Donovan, Merenia, Ngaiire and Maisey Rika, five proud indigenous women of diverse cultural backgrounds and vocal talent.
Accompanied by their international band, on March 8 the Australian and New Zealand ensemble will combine reggae, roots, R& B and Latin- infused music with stories of struggle and scandal from their lives on the road and in the studio.
Described as one of the world’s top ukulele composers and arguably the best player on the planet, Hill’s unusual techniques, humour and virtuosity have seen him build a global base of fans.
He will be joined on March 13 by cellist and singer Anne Davison for a fun, creative and unpredictable performance.
Across the coastal highway at Paekakariki, Auckland six-piece Emerald City will play St Peter’s Village Hall on March 2.
Their experimental style is described as organic instrumentation and sounds of the East meets pyschedelia.
On March 11 the hall will be home to Toronto’s poet laureate Dionne Brand and British poet and translator Michael Hulse, who will read from their acclaimed collections and discuss their work.
The Barefoot Divas at Pataka, 8pm March 8, $ 36 adult, $ 15 child.
James Hill at Pataka, 8pm March 13, $36/15.
An Emerald City at St Peter’s Village Hall, 9pm March 2, $15.
International poets at St Peter’s Village Hall, 4pm March 11, $15.
Tickets are on sale from festival.co.nz or at Ticketek.
String masters: Cellist Anne Davison and renowned ukulele exponent James Hill, set to enthral audiences at Pataka in March.