How is New Zealand Festival programmed?

The New Zealand Festival is a curated Festival and artists are programmed by invitation. 

In previous years, the Festival's Artistic Director was responsible for programming the Festival, supported by specialist programme managers. The Artistic Director role has now been replaced by the Creative Director, who is Marnie Karmelita. 

The Festival has also invited three guest artists to collaborate with the Creative Director on the curation of the 2020 Festival. The artists will curate a series of works for one week each of the three-week Festival. Two established practising artists are from Aotearoa and one is from overseas. The curators were selected for their curatorial vision, distinctive thinking, quality of arts practice and strong international profile and relationships. The curators may present some of their own work alongside international and local work of their choosing. We strongly encourage collaborations between the curators and local artists.

We are proud to announce Lemi Ponifasio as our first curator. Two more curators will be announced in 2019.


What has changed?

We recognise the way in which audiences interact with culture and content is changing. We believe having a multiplicity of voices, tastes and connections informing the curation will open the possibilities for our programme, artist representation and audience engagement.


What hasn't changed?

High quality, ambitious and original work of honesty, bravery and splendour will always be present. The Festival will continue to be produced by the New Zealand Festival team, who are responsible for contracting, producing and logistics, marketing and budgeting. New Zealand work will continue to be selected and commissioned by the Festival's Creative Director, Marnie Karmelita. And we will continue to partner with other Festivals and presenters throughout Aotearoa and the Asia-Pacific region.


Who has the final say on programming?

The Festival's Creative Director will have overall final say on all elements of the Festival programme.

 

What kinds of works do you programme?

The curators consider work from all genres and scale. We will be working with our New Zealand artists to explore ‘The Future of Story’. This term describes new ways of encounter between audiences and artists. This could include form, content, channels, structure, how audiences participate or interact with the work, or the artistic process itself. 


I'm a New Zealand artist, how may my work be considered for programming by New Zealand Festival?

We like to develop relationships over time, and see as much local work as we can. Please invite us to productions or showings of your work. While we can't see everything we are invited to, the programming team regularly discusses the information we receive. 

You are welcome to send us some information about your company, why you’re interested in collaborating with New Zealand Festival specifically and how your work responds to the 'The Future of Story' (see above). 

To find out how to contact us with invitations or proposals please read about making Programme Submissions. Please note that the Festival receives a lot of information and is not always able to acknowledge receipt of, return, or offer assessment or feedback on material.


I'm an international artist, how can my work be considered for programming by New Zealand Festival?

While the majority of our international programme will be selected by our guest curators, we are always interested in hearing from artists and organisations, having conversations and exploring how your work aligns with our Festival.

To find out how to contact us with invitations or proposals please read about making Programme Submissions. Please note that the Festival receives a lot of information and is not always able to acknowledge receipt of, return, or offer assessment or feedback on material.

 

What is the artistic advisory panel?

There is an artistic advisory panel for the New Zealand Festival and the Wellington Jazz Festival. The panel is a collection of practising artists from a diverse range of perspectives and art forms, acting as a sounding board and advising how the Festival can best meet the needs of the New Zealand arts sector through its programmes. 

 

Advisory panel members 2019-2020 are:

New Zealand Festival – Nancy Brunning, Tānemahuta Gray, Faiumu Matthew Salapu, Paula van Beek and James O'Hara

Wellington Jazz Festival – Paul Dyne, Arthur Grimes, Lucien Johnson, Jasmine Lovell-Smith, Lisa Tomlins, David Wilson.

 

Appointment to the panel is by application. A call for applications for the 2021-2022 panels will take place in 2020. Sign up for NZ Festival email updates.

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What is Tāwhiri?

Tāwhiri is the over-arching name of the organisation who delivers the New Zealand Festival, Wellington Jazz Festival, Second Unit and Lexus Song Quest. 


What are the next Festival dates?

Wellington Jazz Festival: 5 – 9 June 2019

New Zealand Festival: 21 February – 15 March 2020

 

Who are the programming team?

Creative Director – Marnie Karmelita

Head of Programming – Angela Green

Senior Producer – Eva Prowse


Who can I speak to about my ideas?

To find out how to contact us with invitations or proposals please read about making Programme Submissions. Please note that the Festival receives a lot of information and is not always able to acknowledge receipt of, return, or offer assessment or feedback on material.