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Duncan Armstrong in Force Field  Photos: Andi Crown
CONGRATULATIONS, DUNCAN ARMSTRONG AND TEAM: “It’s kinda like Where the Wild Things Are but instead of in the bedroom it’s in the workplace,” says Duncan Armstrong about his first solo show, Force Field. The play premiered at the Auckland Fringe 2018 and took out four awards at the Auckland Fringe Awards: Best Performance (theatre) - Duncan Armstrong; Best Director - Isobel MacKinnon; Best Overall Production Design - Marcus Mcshane, Meg Rollandi, Jason Wright; and Meg also won the Auckland Live Free Your Mind Award. Photos: Andi Crown  Read more

Fortune Theatre paying it forward

22 February 2018
Fortune Theatre seatingDunedin’s Fortune Theatre is looking forward to seeing the uptake for a new ticketing initiative designed to open its doors to people who may not usually be able to afford to see a show. The concepts of Pay What You Can and Pay It Forward are not new and have been successful both in New Zealand and overseas, says Jonathon Hendry, Director, Fortune Theatre. Read more 

Inclusion a focus of Taupō Museum’s Dog Show

21 March 2018
Dog ShowIt’s not often you meet a dog in a museum but author Mark Vette and his canine companions will be front and centre at the Taupō Museum this Friday, March 23. Mark will present his new book, Dog Zen, alongside the museum’s current Chinese New Year exhibition called Dog Show. The exhibition of dog-related artwork and sculpture runs until April 2. Read more 

Increased access at NZ Fringe 2018

2 March 2018
Hannah Clarke“There are no barriers to what performers present at the Fringe and so there should be no barriers to who can be part of it,” says Hannah Clarke, Director of the NZ Fringe Festival on in Wellington from 2 to 24 March. The festival is New Zealand’s largest fringe festival and this year features more than 1100 artists in 700 different shows and events staged all around the city. Read more about NZ Fringe's accessibility 

Time to celebrate for all Wellington event lovers

1 March 2018
Future PlaygroundA programme to make arts and culture available to a wider audience is part of an initiative to mark the numerous cultural milestones being celebrated in Wellington during 2018. From 1 March through to the end of the year, thousands more Wellingtonians with financial or other access challenges will have the opportunity to attend events and engage with the city’s creative sector, thanks to a joint initiative between WREDA and the Wellington City Council. Read more

Canadian shares expertise on confinement and creativity

1 March 2018
Sylvie Frigon and Jacqui MoyesA Canadian writer and Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, Sylvie Frigon, is one of the guests taking part in an interactive creative writing workshop at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt on 8 March. Currently on sabbatical, she is spending two months at the University of Victoria in Wellington as a visiting scholar in its Institute of Criminology. Read more about Sylvie Frigon 

Taking music skills inside prisons

26 February 2018
Music workshop in prison A request for donations of musical instruments has resulted ukuleles and acoustic guitars finding new homes in North Island prisons. Some of the instruments, says musician and music teacher Jhan Lindsay, were brand new while others needed new strings and “a bit of a tidy-up”. Jhan’s interest in the role of music and the arts in prisons was sparked when she attended an Arts in Corrections Northern Network hui, facilitated by Arts Access Aotearoa and hosted by Northland Region Corrections Facility. Read more 

Actor breaks down labels in solo show

20 February 2018
Jacob Dombroski in Big J StylezEverybody Cool Lives Here is proud to present Big J Stylez from 6 to 10 March as a part of the 2018 NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington. This solo show is created and performed by Jacob Dombroski, a young Māori-Samoan man ready to open his heart and express his feelings about being labelled as different by society. This work will also be the first public performance in Wellington’s newest theatre at Weltec and  Whitireia’s Te Auaha campus in Dixon St. Read more

Touch Compass responds to a changing world

5 February 2018
Touch Compass performs SomatechnicsAuckland’s pioneering dance company, Touch Compass, continues to adapt to a changing world and embrace new technologies after celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017. Its founder and Artistic Director, Catherine Chappell, says new technologies provide innovative mobility options, and new ways to communicate and connect. “We have to be responsive to the world we live in and new technologies enable us to reach audiences around the world.” Read more

KiwiAble caregivers get free seat at The Court

29 January 2018
The Court
The Court Theatre continues to excel in making theatre as accessible as possible for everyone in the community – this time through a new initiative that gives KiwiAble Leisure Card holders their standing discount and now a free seat for their caregiver/companion when attending selected shows. The Court previously offered a discounted price for disabled audience members and their caregiver/companion on presentation of their KiwiAble Leisure Card but wanted to take this a step further. Read more

Festival pulls out all the accessible stops 

24 January 2018
JUNKAuckland Arts Festival 2018 has “pulled out all the stops” by providing accessible services for 15 of its events in March and offering positive experiences for people with access needs. Its accessible performances are for people who are blind or have low vision; Deaf or hard of hearing; or have a learning disability, sensory or communication disorder. This year also sees the introduction of a hugely discounted Accessible Programme ticket price of $20 each for patrons with access needs and one companion. Read more about access at Auckland Arts Festival





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Lachlan Keating and Richard Benge
FLASH MOB INCLUSION: Richard Benge's latest blog covers flash mob dancing, languages and the play Salonica, and Stats NZ's Census bungle in excluding many New Zealanders from being able to complete the Census forms easily. Read more 

Arts Access Awards 2017 ceremonyMAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS: Arts Access Aotearoa is calling for nominations to its Arts Access Awards 2018. The closing date is 5pm Monday 16 April. For more info and nomination forms

Creative writing booklet
PRISON VOICES: Two busloads of writers took part in an interactive creative writing workshop with prisoners, organised by the NZ Festival's Writers and Readers programme. Read about Ruby MacAndrew's experience in Capital Day

Circa Theatre's Switzerland
AUDIO DESCRIBED WATERFRONT: Circa Theatre and Te Papa will present an audio described afternoon on the Wellington waterfront with an art tour and a performance of the the play Switzerland on Sunday 8 April. For more

COME LISTEN TO MY STORY: Sixteen women in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Women's Prison took part in a one-week theatre workshop, led by German theatre practitioner Uta Plate and local artists. Watch the video and read the story about the workshop

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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