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New Zealand arts practitioners to develop skills in world’s leading festival city

New Zealand arts practitioners to develop skills in world’s leading festival city
July 4, 2016

Six New Zealand arts practitioners will be attending the renowned Edinburgh festivals in August to pursue opportunities to present work and to build professional skills and networks as part of the festivals’ international delegate programme Momentum.

Creative New Zealand and British Council New Zealand support New Zealand arts practitioners to participate in Momentum, which attracts delegates from all over the world.

The programme, which runs from 15th to 21st August, provides the opportunity for participants to build relationships with venues and producers in Edinburgh, the wider Scottish cultural sector and the international arts community that comes to Edinburgh during the festivals.

Delegates receive $3,200 towards their travel costs; in addition to six nights’ accommodation in Edinburgh, access to the delegate centre, a ticketing allowance and invitations to hosted events. Bespoke itineraries for each delegate will include meetings with key arts organisations, venues and producers, access to in-demand shows and networking events.

The delegates are:

• Joel Baxendale, founding member and creative producer of the Binge Culture Collective
• Kip Chapman, co-creator of APOLLO 13: Mission Control and Arts Foundation New Generation Laureate
• Sonia Hardie, member and producer for Tikapa Productions and production manager at Capital E, National Theatre for Children
• Nina Nawalowalo, artistic director of The Conch theatre company which is now presenting the The White Guitar in Wellington and Auckland
• Bruce Phillips, senior curator for Te Tuhi art gallery
• Geoff Pinfield, Director and Producer for Theatre Beating.

Commenting on the programme, Creative New Zealand International Manager Cath Cardiff stated “we’re confident that these delegates will use this opportunity to their best advantage.

“The projects and companies they represent are an indication of the diversity and quality of work being produced in New Zealand suitable for an internationally competitive environment.”

The British Council’s Director for New Zealand and the Pacific, Ingrid Leary added “it’s a privilege to be able to support such a significant event in the global arts calendar in a way that reinforces the links between Scotland and New Zealand, which have existed for so many years.

“We look forward to seeing what opportunities, collaborations, showcasing and exchanges occur as a result of these six incredible artists traveling to Edinburgh.”

Creative New Zealand and British Council New Zealand have supported New Zealand practitioners to participate in Momentum since 2013 to encourage greater artistic collaboration and exchange between New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Momentum is delivered through a partnership between British Council Scotland, Festivals Edinburgh and Creative Scotland, with the additional support of the City of Edinburgh Council, Event Scotland and the Scottish Government. It attracts producers, funders, media, cross-art form programmers, curators and cultural entrepreneurs.

More than 100 delegates from more than 20 countries are expected to participate in the programme.




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