Arts fest for Porirua

Over­seas Acts com­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Photo: MERNA RYAN

String masters: Cel­list Anne Dav­i­son and renowned ukulele ex­po­nent James Hill, set to en­thral au­di­ences at Pataka in March.

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