Thursday March 8, 2018
Financial help on offer for Easts’ best budding artists The Franken Arts Bursaries (FAB) are back on offer for 2018 and its founder is keen for more schools to get involved. The bursaries were established by local arts enthusiast Paul Franken whose trust has provided an annual arts bursary competition for year 7-11 students in Wellington’s eastern suburbs for some years. Paul says most of the entries in the past have come from Evans Bays Intermediate, whose website hosts
the information about FAB. He believes students from other schools may not have been aware of them and thus missed an opportunity to receive a $1400, $2100 or $3500 bursary to encourage their pursuit of the arts. All prize money will be paid to the institution or person the student will be furthering their studies with. The competition is free to enter and open to any year 7-11 student who lives east of the Mt Victoria
ridge. Entries can be anything artistic, including performing arts, drama and music, as well as drawings and paintings. “As a guide, if it is an Olympic sport, it does not qualify,” Paul says. “If your child has a real desire to work hard at making their chosen art a big part of their life, this scholarship may well give them the encouragement to persist.” Applications must be received by the FAB selection panel by
September 1. As well as a letter of recommendation from a past instructor, they should also have a support letter from a teacher. Youth who have been removed from the school sys-
tem are also eligible, provided a police constable can support the application. To enter the FAB competition go to ebis.school.nz/ ffff-scholarship.
Franken Arts Bursaries trustee Paul Franken. PHOTO: Cook Strait News File
Long-running Kilbirnie festival set for return The Kilbirnie Festival is in its 25th year and this time the theme is the environment, with information and displays on many useful and relevant household issues such as population pressures, global environmental degradation and climate change. It will also offer solutions, with information and displays on public transport, reducing waste to landfill, reducing emissions, cycling, and growing food locally. At t ract i ng crowds of 35,000 in its best years, this event is one of the most successful and longest-running fairs in Wellington. A c t iv i t i e s p r o m i s e d include music from the emerging new talent of Aro Creative, a Kids Zone stage talent competition for primary-school age children, and throwing fun involving water balloons, eggs and wet sponges. With this Warwick Murray family hosting the stage,
it’s the place to relax and have fun. A Professor of Geography at Victoria University, Warwick will play the famous Singing Professor with his world-travelled Blukulele. Tranzurban will demonstrate one of their new electric buses, with 30-minute round trips operating nonstop 10am-4pm, via south and north Miramar to the festival and back. There will also be live worms and compost bins on display, with Wellington City Council seeking to raise awareness with the aim of reducing organic waste going to landfill by 30 percent. Participants also get the chance to handle a tiger worm. Finally, there will be the return of the popular activity of making objects out of cardboard. Festival staff will be on hand to assist children with creative ideas, with caregivers encouraged to join in.
Cook Strait News 08-03-18