Artists needed for NZ Fes­ti­val


The bi­en­nial New Zealand Fes­ti­val may be a few months away but with prepa­ra­tions well un­der way, the call has gone out for a few more help­ing hands.

In part­ner­ship with the fes­ti­val, An­gela Meyer and Anna Dean from Welling­ton-based agency Dou­ble Denim are invit­ing 50 cre­ative peo­ple to be part of the fes­ti­val’s open­ing event – Waka Odyssey.

‘‘It is a re­ally broad call. We want peo­ple from academia, we want writ­ers, pro­duc­ers, direc­tors, dancers and nav­i­ga­tors, a whole bunch re­ally,’’ Dean says.

Those se­lected will come to­gether next week­end to join teams and work on a cho­sen theme travers­ing nav­i­ga­tion, science, en­vi­ron­ment, sus­tain­abil­ity, and his­tory.

‘‘We’re gath­er­ing com­pelling, in­formed and in­ter­ested peo­ple to­gether to cre­ate a range of con­tent with di­verse voices and per­spec­tives to share with the rest of New Zealand,’’ Meyer says.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a bit like the 48-Hour Film Fes­ti­val where peo­ple can join into groups in ad­vance and then come to­gether to make some unique con­tent.’’

The re­sults of the week­end ses­sion will be de­vel­oped and show­cased on the fes­ti­val’s dig­i­tal chan­nels, ex­pected to be seen by tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, on the open­ing night of A Waka Odyssey.

‘‘It’s in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing to see what hap­pens when a range of tal­ented peo­ple come to­gether,’’ Dean says.

A‘‘The project mir­rors the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on board the waka so you have to adapt, col­lab­o­rate and work with the peo­ple you’re shar­ing the jour­ney with.

‘‘The spirit of that project is all about build­ing unity and the waka is seen as the ves­sel that goes through the Pa­cific teach­ing peace and show­ing what Pa­cific way of do­ing things is.’’

The pair and their se­lected cre­atives will work along­side Anna Mar­brook, Ho­turoa Bar­clay-Kerr and Ka­sia Pol from the Waka team to en­sure the col­lab­o­ra­tion is co­he­sive.

‘‘It’s all about peo­ple cre­at­ing re­ally good con­tent and sto­ries so we’re hop­ing that all those who come along will bring a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on what it means to be from the Pa­cific,’’ Meyer says.

‘‘We have a good num­ber of peo­ple al­ready in­ter­ested but al­ways keen to hear more.

‘‘The spec­ta­cle re­ally will be a mo­ment in his­tory that will never be re­peated so it’s in­cred­i­ble to kick off the fes­ti­val with it.’’

The Con­tent Cre­ation Sprint will take place 17-19 Novem­ber at Cre­denza cowork­ing space, Level 2, 40 Taranaki St, Cen­tral Welling­ton. Places are limited. To ap­ply go to e/a-waka-odyssey-con­tentcre­ation-sprint


A Waka Odyssey is not a one­off event but rather a se­ries of events over five days, be­gin­ning with an open­ing night the­atri­cal spec­ta­cle to hon­our the legacy of fa­mous Pa­cific ex­plorer, Kupe. Above, Dou­ble Denim’s An­gela Meyer and Anna Dean.

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