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Kia ora- ‘‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of ev­ery­day life,’’ as Pablo Pi­casso so elo­quently put it. That’s cer­tainly been my ex­pe­ri­ence of Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val so far. The arts fes­ti­val is a chance to see world-class shows. The only dis­ap­point­ment, so far, has been smaller au­di­ences than the shows I saw de­served. Junk ,at the Bruce Ma­son Cen­tre was in­cred­i­ble. The young per­form­ers bounced in for­ma­tion on a tram­po­line, hung pre­car­i­ously off a pole and swirled around the ceil­ing, in a show that was packed with clever ideas. Yet, while the na­tional youth cir­cus com­pany per­forms to full houses in Aus­tralia, the the­atre was barely half full. Peo­ple, there are many more arts fes­ti­val shows com­ing up, I would en­cour­age you to book in. I love celebrity au­thor

Suzanne Mase­field’s goal of tak­ing young read­ers on a mag­i­cal ad­ven­ture where they learn skills to take into their own lives. Art can do that. Go ahead, book a show, take a class, read a book - have a soul-cleans­ing es­cape that will re­turn you to daily life re­freshed and in­spired.

- nga¯ mihi Jodi Yeats

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