This year’s Lōemis winter solstice offering came together thanks to the amazing artists we work with, and also thanks to the inspiring life of the medieval nun Hildegard von Bingen. There are nine events in the programme: here are three picks that highlight the influence of Hildegard and the idea of feasting, something we’ve worked on in various says since the first Lōemis Festival three years ago.
Christchurch-based Amy Head won the Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction in 2014 for her short story collection, Tough. Here she shares the creative inspiration behind her first novel, Rotoroa.
Aleisha Ward will co-host the Jazz Kōrero: Talking about Gender and Jazz in NZ discussion at the Wellington Jazz Festival in June. Ahead of that session she highlights some of the issues women in jazz have faced, past and present, and how the #Metoo movement has opened up the conversation around gender and jazz.
The Lexus Song Quest journey is underway, with semi-finalists announced 30 May. ARTicle talks to three previous finalists – Isabella Moore, Amitai Pati and Madison Nanoa – about their Lexus journey.
Auditions for Aotearoa's prestigious opera competition, Lexus Song Quest, kicked off this week. Tenor Filipe Manu, runner up in the 2016 competition will soon be trying out for the 2018 Lexus Song Quest. Filipe reflects on the amazing opportunities he's enjoyed over the past two years, and how the Lexus Song Quest played a big part in securing a spot at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Courtney Johnston is the director of The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt. Here she selects three of her favourite works currently on show at The Dowse, all connected by their consideration of the human body
Emma Neale is the new editor of the iconic New Zealand literary journal, Landfall. She talks to ARTicle about her reading habits and history.
Tui Award-nominated drummer Myele Manzanza is known for his work with Electric Wire Hustle and for his two albums, One, and One Point One. Ahead of his appearances at Wellington Jazz Festival, he discusses three influences on his creative process.