Changes afoot for art se­ries

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

Jade Gillies is on a mis­sion to bring more art and cul­ture to In­ver­cargill.

He’s the brains be­hind the House Se­ries - co-or­di­nat­ing shows, co­me­di­ans and screen­ings to be brought to South­land through­out the year for In­ver­cargill au­di­ences to en­joy.

There will soon be big changes to the se­ries, which was launched at the be­gin­ning of 2016, Gillies said.

‘‘Mu­sic acts and bands didn’t sell well so they won’t be hap­pen­ing in 2017.’’

The se­ries will be fo­cus­ing on get­ting more stand-up co­me­di­ans, the­atre shows and sing-a-long screen­ings like the Sound of Mu­sic and The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show.

The se­ries will kick of with a per­for­mance from co­me­dian Michele A’Court and her hus­band Jeremy El­wood in Jan­uary.

They will also be get­ting acts from well-known Kiwi co­me­di­ans from the TV show 7 Days, later in the year.

In­ver­cargill will not be the only south­ern des­ti­na­tion to ben­e­fit from the House Se­ries, with Gillies or­gan­is­ing acts to travel to Ste­wart Is­land, Queen­stown, Wanaka and Te Anau.

‘‘The plan is to get South­landers into the arts.

‘‘Arts en­riches our lives. We con­nect with sto­ries and char­ac­ters in many ways, it helps us es­cape stresses of the real world.’’

JOHN HAWKINS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Jade Gillies has a plan to get more South­landers into the arts.

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