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Thursday March 8, 2018

Fairytale turned on head

Council proposes $127m boost to arts over 10 years Wellington Mayor Justin Lester on stage at the Future Playgrounds exhibition with New Zealand Festival Student Ambassadors Watene Campbell from TKKM Seatoun and Kaira Scheck from St Catherine’s College. PHOTO: Supplied By Jamie Adams

Wellington City Council is proposing to inject $127 million investment over the next 10 years into a “refreshed and reinvigorated” arts, events and culture scene. “We need to invest in our creative sector at all levels, from big international events through to grass roots projects,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says. “That will help us create jobs, bring world-class acts here, and attract and support talent, and will ensure that Wellington remains New Zealand’s creative capital.” The bulk of the funding - $111 million - goes towards earthquake-strengthening and renova-

tions to the Town Hall, St James Theatre and the Bond Store, which houses the Wellington Museum. The other $16 million is budgeted in the council’s draft 10-year plan to support local arts events such as World of Wearable Art, Visa Wellington On a Plate and the New Zealand Festival, as well as performing arts venues. Councillor Nicola Young, Associate Arts Portfolio Leader, says Wellington’s point of difference is its arts, culture and creative sectors. “From technology and innovation, through to arts and events, Wellington has the highest percentage of people employed in creative sectors in New Zealand and we hope this investment will

Eating The Wolf, a feminist take on the Red Riding Hood fairytale, promises plenty of laughs. From the team who produced the sell-out season of Jesus Christ Superstar last year, this original and topical youth production is written by award winning playwright Sarah Delahunty with music composed by young up and coming musicians. The show at the Hannah Playhouse will be held at 8pm on March 21-24 and at 6:30pm on March 25. Tickets $20/$14 at www.iticket.co.nz.

keep people here and attract many more to our city,” she says. Justin announced the funding during a speech at a Future Playgrounds exhibition at TSB Arena last Thursday. The exhibition is an immersive, interactive walk-through experience of 45 digital and multimedia artists from around the world including the US, Turkey and Canada. School children attended the event as part of SchoolFest – which will see 14,000 children attend the New Zealand Festival as part of its accessibility focus. Formal public consultation on the draft 10-year plan will begin on April 15.

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