Boost for creative capital arts projects

21 November 2014

This week the Wellington City Council granted $109,000 to 26 organisations from the arts and culture community in the Capital – with community festivals, WW100 commemorative projects, and theatre and dance groups all benefitting from grants.

Tawata will be producing their Putahi festival of Māori theatre

Tawata's Putahi festival of Māori theatre received a grant from the Arts and Culture Fund

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The 26 grants were approved by the Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee, recipients include the Royal NZ Ballet project commemorating WWI in schools, the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre, the Measina Festival will show works by emerging Māori and Pacifica practitioners, and Tawata will be producing their Putahi festival of Māori theatre.  

Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, leader of the Arts and Culture Portfolio, says these grants will make Wellington’s already vibrant and creative community really shine bright. 

“The fund is designed to support projects that make a positive contribution to the city, and is focused on four main areas: a hothouse for talent; to reinforce Wellington as a region of confident identities; to support active and engaged people; and to encourage our creative future through technology. 

“As ever we have a lot of demand for these grants which is a testament to our thriving creative sector,” says Cr Ahipene-Mercer. 

The next round of funding for local arts projects in Wellington are 28 February 2015 for the Creative Communities Funding Scheme, and 22 March 2015 for the Arts and Culture fund. The recipients for the October 2014 round of Arts and Culture fund are: 

Asian Events Trust

Wellington Chinese New Year Festival 2015

$6,000

Te Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust

Waitangi Day 2015

$2,000

Alliance Française Wellington

WWI commemorative choral concert

$700

Barbarian Productions Limited

 

Company Infrastructure Building- support to deliver community theatre project in Wellington suburbs

$3,440

 

With Lime

7 Generations – a three act Butoh performance

$2,000

Allan Giddy

 

Sonic Wells – WWI commemorative public art project

$6,000 

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Salute schools' dave and performance workshops

$7,000

 

New Zealand Cricket Museum

 

WWI XI – exhibition of NZ cricketers who were in WWI, around the Basin Reserve

$6,000

Java Dance Company Ltd.

The Wine Project dance performance series

$3,000

Jandals Inc

Measina Festival 2015

$3,000

Aro Valley Community Council Inc

Aro Valley Fun Lab – creativity workshops in Aro Valley

$1,800

The Kupe Charitable Trust

Te Rā o Kupe – Community Māori festival.

$4,000

Young and Hungry Arts Trust

For the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre

$12,000

New Zealand Book Council

Writers in schools

$4,000

Pirate and Queen Ltd

 

Number One Field Punishment: A multimedia art presentation focussing on New Zealand conscientious objectors during World War One.

$5,000

 

Youthdance Education Trust

Wellington International Dance Day event

$2,000

A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited

Perfectly Wasted – project with Long Cloud Youth Theatre

$5,000

Wellington Russian Club

Russian Christmas Festival for Children 2014

$1,500

Wellington After-Care Association Inc.

Oamaru Stone Workshop

$800

The Wellington Boys' and Girls' Institute

Working with emerging street artists as part of the CubaDupa festival

$3,000

Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board

‘Wake Up Tomorrow’ production in Circa One

$4,000

Circa Theatre

Circa Theatre Accessibility Programme 2015

$4,946

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Trust

‘University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival’ and ‘Primarily Playing with Shakespeare’

$9,000

Capital Performing Arts Incorporated

10 monthly concerts at the Pines in Island Bay

$2,000

Tawata Productions

Putahi Festival 2015 - Māori theatre festival

$8,000

Footnote Dance Trust Board

Choreolab 2015 dance workshops

$3,000