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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:14

What's On Newsletter 22 January 2019

Happy Rātu everybody, and a message from Meg:

Happy New Year Creatives!

I hope you have eased into work this year with plenty of mid-week swims, summer BBQs, live music and watercolour paints. We are looking forward to working alongside you during 2019, and I encourage you to continue to reach out with your events, ideas and feedback. In the coming months we will be sharing with you strategy progress updates (keep an eye on our Instagram TV as we kick this off for 2019!), conducting a few surveys, and will be hitting the road to visit and profile your organisation/creative project.

I have spent the past week back, head down at my desk, reflecting and forward planning. And it struck me that we have so many collective resources and internet gems to share.

So, I thought we should start with the classic mantra - new year, new me. As you set your intentions for the year ahead, here are some wonderful resources that I have used to keep me motivated:

May these recommendations leave your brain feeling juiced, and your week full of rainbows.

Kindest regards,



REMINDER: Chorus Cabinet Art Project - Artist Call-Out!

Just 5 days to go to get your submission in! Entries close 5pm, Friday 25th January

Creative Bay Of Plenty is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Keep New Zealand Beautiful, The Breeze Tauranga and Chorus, bringing you another round of the Chorus Cabinet Art Project.

This year's theme is: I Raro I Te Moana - Under The Sea

Help paint our city beautiful: submit your creative concept by 5pm, Friday 25 January and your art could be immortalised on one of Tauranga's electrical Chorus boxes.

This is a paid opportunity, so get creating!

Click here for artist criteria and registration forms.

OPPORTUNITY: BOP Symphonia - Rising Stars Competition

Applications close 22nd February 2019

Over the years the Symphonia’s Rising Stars competitions have brought many outstanding young performers to the attention of local audiences, several going on to further their studies towards an
exciting career in classical music. 

This year there will be two classes: a concerto competition for instrumentalists and, for the first time, an aria competition for aspiring vocalists. Finalists will perform with the orchestra at a concert at Baycourt in September and the winners will be selected on the night by a panel of prestigious judges.

Further details and entry forms for this year’s competitions are available from or on the orchestra’s website, Entries simply indicate an intention to participate in the competition, and no musical input is required at this stage – but those entries MUST be received by 22nd February 2019, so don’t delay!

OPPORTUNITY: Trustees sought for The Incubator Creative Hub

The Incubator Creative Hub is a flourishing collective of galleries, artist studios, learning spaces and music venues.  They would like to hear from anyone that is interested in filling vacancies on their board of trustees.  Desirable attributes for trustees include:

  • An interest in creativity and an understanding of how arts and culture contribute to communities.
  • Relationships and networks in the wider business and/or art and culture sector.
  • Visionary and strategic thinking.
  • An understanding or experience of not for profit governance.
  • An understanding of the local government environment and public accountability.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills.

Click here for further information on the trustee roles and application details.

OPPORTUNITY: Tauranga Creative Fibre - National Creative Fibre Festival Competition Entry

Introducing: Tauranga Creative Fibre! Here is a message (and invitation) from this creative organisation:

'A small group from Tauranga Creative Fibre have entered a National Creative Fibre Festival Competition, one of 13 teams nationally. It is to be a runway item with the theme of Gold (it is the 50th Anniversary Festival) and Local. We have used many very old craft techniques to create our entry and we will be exhibiting and parading our garment at the Creative Fibre National Festival, in Palmerston North from 26th-28th of April 2019. We also hope to exhibit our entry on our return from Festival, so the public of Tauranga can enjoy it.

The Tauranga Creative Fibre group encourages any local craft person if they are interested in learning spinning, weaving, dyeing, crochet, knitting, felting – all these techniques and more have been used in the creation of our entry and many of our club members have donated fibre or their talents to help us to complete our entry.

If you are interested in visiting our group: We meet on Mondays from 9am at the Arts and Crafts Centre, Elizabeth Street West, and every 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings at 7pm.
Please Phone Margaret for further details: 571 3483'

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Affordable Art & Artisan Fair

When: Sunday 27th January from 11:00 to 15:00
Where: The Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 21 Plummers Pt Rd, Whakamarama

Local artists and artisans gather to share their works on last Sunday of every month! Head along to check out the quality local creativity, live music, and great food!

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UPSKILL: Let's Learn Open Evening - Adult Courses Taster

When: Tuesday 22nd January, 5pm - 8:30pm
Where: St Peter's In The City, Spring St, Tauranga

Tauranga has a vibrant culture of learning, however not all these courses are easily findable.

Let's Learn is out to rectify this, with their Adult Learners’ Course Taster Evening where the public is invited to come along and “taste” some of the learning opportunities on offer in Tauranga. ?
This year, a selection of 30+ courses and activities covering art, cooking, dance, crafts, music, self-improvement, yoga, languages, lifestyle, and many more will be up for sampling on Tues 22nd Jan at St Peters in the City, 5pm - 8:30pm - and it’s totally FREE!

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UPSKILL: Mastering MailChimp

When: Wednesday 13 February 9am - 4pm
Where: Tga Chamber of Commerce, 65 Chapel St

Email marketing is one of the best ways to engage with your existing audience. MailChimp is awesome email marketing software that will help you do this. But it's not awesome if you don't know how to use it. This course will take you through the features of MailChimp in detail and show you how to use them properly, so you and MailChimp can be awesome together.

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REVIEW: Alice in Wonderland - 16th Ave Theatre

Meg and Rose scored the last two seats for Friday's matinée of Alice in Wonderland, and had a wickedly fun time.

Read all about it here

EXHIBITION: Birgitt Shannon - A Myriad of Circles

When: 21st January - 3rd February
Where: Carlton Gallery, 36 Main Rd, Katikati

Birgitt's work has been exhibited and sold around New Zealand and Australia. She also has a piece hanging in the research centre of the Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles. Earlier last year Birgitt was runner-up in the Trustpower / Tauranga Society Of Artists Supreme Art Awards.

For more information on Birgitt Shannon and where you can see more of her work visit her website.

Instagram: @artbybirgitt

EVENT: 'Before I Die' Wall

When: Installation will be up from 20th January onwards
Where: The Historic Village, 17th Ave

A big chalkboard cube. An invitation. "Before I die I want to..."

There is lots of colourful chalk available - and then it's over to you! Be one of the first to write on the cube and join the global community visually contemplating what matters most in their lives. For a limited time over the summer days, the Before I Die cube is resident at the Historic Village.  

The 'Before I Die' Wall (Tauranga) was made possible through the Tauranga City Council and Creative BOP's Creative Communities Scheme.

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EVENT: Rhythm & Raga

When: Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 19:00-21:30
Where: Jam Factory, Historic Village

Kutu Mukherjee presents Rhythm and Raga - an evening of Indian Melodies.

In Tauranga/Western BOP Region there is a dearth of quality Indian musical performances. The Rhythm and Ragas is going to be a presentation of Indian Classical, semi-Classical and folk performances, by local (Tauranga, Waikato and Auckland) well-known artists. The added attraction will be a folk vocalist from India. 

This musical evening will present Indian Classical instrumental performance along with very popular light-classical (Ghazal) performances. This will introduce the immigrant (from India and Bangladesh) audience to a much purer and traditional form of Indian music. This will resonate with the immigrant Indian and Bangladeshi communities of Tauranga, WBOP and even Waikato (The project will showcase the vibrant multicultural participation of immigrant communities of the region, utilising the local facilities (Otomoetai Baptist Church Auditorium).

Additionally, this will provide a high quality introduction to those in the community who have never encountered Indian Classical music or culture. The introduction and exposure to Indian culture by means of music in a comfortable environment provides opportunity for celebration, and incorporation. The audience will be taken on a journey through folk music, classical music and semi-classical traditional styles.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Why the commercial world needs artists - The Big Idea

Sam Grover challenges us to think outside the box when it comes to finding work as an artist.

Read it here

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Local Arts & Culture Stories Making Headlines This Week

TMT Youth theatre turns ten - SunLive
For the last decade, a youth show at Tauranga Musical Theatre – TMT – has been staged, involving actors aged 10-18 years.
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Tauranga school boy wins Australian nationals - SunLive
Tauranga school boy Austin Taylor has danced his way to the top of Australia’s Follow Your Dreams competition, held in the first week of January.
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Matatā to celebrate new mural - SunLive
An opening celebration will be held in Matatā this Tuesday, January 22 at 6pm to officially launch a new mural celebrating mana wāhine and the kuia of the area.
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The Jam Factory: A community music connecter - SunLive
I’d heard that my old classroom-turned-music-room from Otumoetai Primary School had been transformed into something now called The Jam Factory. I had fond memories of learning four chords on a ukulele in this room, during lunchtimes spent avoiding a school bully, and went to check it out.
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Bringing death out from behind closed doors - SunLive
The Tauranga Death Café Community is bringing the conversation around dying and death, mortality and life, out from behind the closed café doors.
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Fin-tastic Little Mermaid - SunLive
Glorious costuming helped create a magical underwater kingdom in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. which had a special performance for sponsors and supporters on Thursday night at Tauranga Musical Theatre.
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Trustpower photo competition judging underway - SunLive
The judges of the 2019 Trustpower Photographic Exhibition are busy deliberating over the more than three thousand entries received in this year’s competition.
Read article

EVENTS: So many events coming up. See For Yourself...

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