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 eventbrite.co.nz/ 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.