More creativity please!
I would say it all started back in March but that isn’t quite true. Truth is it’s always been there, it’s just been hidden to most people as they rush about doing their every day thing. It’s been said, rather falsely I might add, that life in Southland is not very exciting, there isn’t much going on – well, I beg to differ! The other myth I’d like to squash while I’m at it is the one about the lack of history, culture and creativity in general in Southland. While the rest of New Zealand may be cracking jokes about our region we should be lapping up the incredibly creative talent that is found here, including those who still need to be discovered, unearthed and celebrated. Thankfully we happen to have some fantastic community leaders and members who work quietly (and some not so quietly) behind the scenes to bring this creative flair to life – for the rest of us to enjoy, support is all they ask for – support for the craft, the art, music, dance and performances.
Back in March we had not only a Heritage Ball (with a 1920s theme), held at our very own Grand Hotel, but an entire week dedicated to the heritage of our region. Fantastic. Our streets were transformed to have transport by horses and carriages, it had dancing, singing and good old fashioned being together with friends and our family, there were plenty of laughter heard instead of rushed footsteps on the pavement. A few days ago marked the beginning of this years Southland Festival of the Arts which will run until May 21st. A feather in the cap of the masterminds behind this venture. But once I started digging a little deeper this “culture and art fix” does not have to be short-lived or limited to the month long festival. Oh no, there is just so much to do, to see, to soak up if one is just a little willing to spend some quality time with people and support the results of our incredibly creative and talented minds we have here in Southland. Think about it, if no one supports the film-makers, painters, designers, dancers, singers or artists of any medium, why on earth would they remain in our region? When all our talent has ventured further north in search for recognition do we not have only ourselves to blame? Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen and make the most of the various outlets for fun, music, dancing, colour and good times – support local, go out and check it out, open your minds and hearts and you’ll find it’s a great way to spend quality spare time.
Some of the things on offer over the next few months includes (but is by no means limited to):
Invercargill Film Society showing films at SIT Centrestage Theatre on May 4th (The Salt of the Earth) and May 9th (Tangerine). SIT staff and students free (bring student/staff id), others $13.00 per film. 7pm start. Check out their facebook HERE.
Repertory Invercargill presents FOOL TO CRY, at the Rep House, cnr Esk & Jed Streets. May 4th to 7th. Adults $30, seniors $20, students $15. For their facebook page click HERE.
Duck Death and the Tulip – delightful play as part of the Southland Festival Of The Arts, May 7th and may 8th at SIT Centrestage Theatre. Adults $20, children $10. For times and details click HERE.
Tonga i Onopooni Tonga Contemporary Exhibition at City Gallery on Don Street. April 13th to June 4th. Free admission.
Southland Festival of the Arts runs April 26th to May 21st, 2016 at various venues.
Celebrating Story: Antonio Rocha & Dovie Thomason – the magic of story-telling.
Adult concert: Friday May 13th, 7.30pm Repertory House, Invercargill. Adults $18, concession $12.
Family concert: Saturday May 14th, 11am Invercargill City Library, admission is free.
Meet the tellers: Wednesday May 18th, 7.30pm at Cheeky Llama Cafe. Adults $12, Concession $8.
For the entire Festival brochure click HERE.
FREE exhibitions throughout the city:
Southland Photographic Society Exhibition – H&J Smith, first floor. April 28th to May 18th.
Restart Art Exhibition – Southland Art Society, City Gallery on Don Street.
Simon Payton: Wildfire – The Bank Art Gallery Thursday May 5th to May 30th.
Invercargill Tap Dancing Association is having their 2016 Juvenile & Junior Showcase, and Intermediate & Senior Champion of Champions from June 10th to 12th at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill. More information on their facebook page HERE.
Mary Poppins – July 14th to 23rd, at Civic Theatre, Invercargill thanks to Invercargill Musical Theatre.
(tickets and more details can be found HERE )
The one I’m most looking forward to is Southland Festival of the Art’s “White Night” that is planned for Saturday May 14th. It runs from 6pm to midnight all over town. This from their press release: “It will be on the streets, on the roofs, down alleyways and inside buildings. Anywhere that creative people can find a place to exhibit, perform or engage, you’ll find their art.
But, it won’t be there for long. You’ve got just 6 hours to wander and observe or participate.
A feature of the night will be performances by international opera singer, Rebecca Ryan.
To enjoy Invercargill’s CBD in a new way and to check out the timetable and venues, download a map from: www.creativesouthland.co.nz. ”
To read The Southland Times article click HERE .
We hope you take advantage of what is on offer, see you at some (or all) of the events!
We leave you with some images from the Heritage Week.