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Getting hands on at the Maker Party By Sam Duff

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Tech whizzes and those curious about new-fangled designs will be gathering in Miramar next week for the second annual Maker Party. Organiser and Miramar resident Jess Weichler, who runs her own technology company, says the event is a chance for people to get hands on with activities from cool local organisations. Coded wrestling robots from community group NodeBots will be a particular highlight at the event, which last year attracted about 130 visitors. International software company Mozilla launched the Maker Party in 2012 to celebrate making and learning on the web and since then many have been held throughout the world. Jess says there will be eight booths at the 2015 Maker Party in Miramar, including Christchurch UNCODED: Jess Weichler, from MakerBox, has organised the based company Fab Lab. second annual Maker Party at the Miramar and Maupuia Com- Things will be flying throughout the community centre thanks to munity Centre. PHOTO: Sam Duff

Craft Central. Visitors will be invited to create their own catapults. Catalyst, an open source technology company, will be showing locals what they do best. Jess says she brought the Maker Party to Miramar last year because she thought it would be a good way to bring the community together and so people could see what is out there in the world of technology. “These types of technology are not going to go away so it’s important to make sure we know how it works,” she says. “Also, we need to make technology accessible for everyone.” Maker Party is also a good opportunity for those in the tech world to get to know each other and start working together, Jess says. “When we work together we can do so much more.” Maker Party is open to the public and will be held at the Miramar and Maupuia Community Centre on July 18 between 12pm and 3.30pm.

Taking to the dance floor Continued from page 1 “I was planning on going to university to study engineering because I’m also passionate about maths and physics,” he says. “I like knowledge and I never knew I would find so much knowledge in dance.” Before long he was studying towards a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance at Unitec in Auckland. Kosta has spent the past few months preparing for NOW 2015 which aims to give emerging choreographers a platform to experiment and thrive. Four choreographers are taking part in the show which will explore the themes of modern life, the deconstruction of hip hop, the impact of sound, and the shifting lens of history. “Footnote demands that as dancers we’re really versatile because we

don’t know who the next choreographer will be for a project,” Kosta says. Asked to describe his own style of dance, Kosta says hip-hop has played a strong influence. “It can be quite explosive but I am also trying to find grace.” He says it is a privilege to be able to work professionally as a male dancer. “I really like it,” says Kosta, who lists many New Zealand dancers as those in the profession that he looks up to. “I really admire dancers who think when he or she performs and who have awareness about the space, other performers and the audience.” NOW 2015 is on at Te Whaea (New Zealand National Dance and Drama Centre) in Newtown on July 9 and 10.

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PASSION: Kosta Bogoievski started dancing when he was ten-years-old and has been tapping his toes ever since. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

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