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Saturday, 23 March 2019 10:47 pm

NZ Festival moves into Te Auaha

Brianne Kerr from New Zealand Festival explores her new office at Te Auaha.

Striking up creative conversations with the New Zealand Festival staff will soon become the norm for Te Auaha students.

New Zealand Festival is one of the creative companies moving into Te Auaha that will help influence future innovators at the NZ Institute of Creativity.

The festival were welcomed with a pōwhiri on Friday.

Brianne Kerr, marketing coordinator at New Zealand Festival, says they are excited to share a vibrant creativity space with the students.

“It’s so smart to have your students be in a place where they can strike up a conversation with the NZ Festival staff,” she says.

The festival and the Wellington Jazz Festival bring in many talented people so it is important to share that with the community, she says.

“Sharing the arts is kind of what we are all about.”

Will Harris, venue manager at Te Auaha says, sharing the space with the public is a way that students can see people with active careers in the industries they are studying.

“A lot of the time there is a bit of a disconnect between people who are studying a certain form and people actually out there in the real world. The idea is to try and bring them together in the same building,” he says.

Harris says having a shared space with the public is practical.

“The Fringe Festival and anything that we program here, we try and get accessible ticketing for students,” he says.

The venues at Te Auaha will be considered as a place to host future events for New Zealand Festival in 2020.

Te Auaha opening is timely because the St James Theatre will be closed for 18 months for earthquake strengthening.

New Zealand Festival moves from St James Theatre into Te Auaha on Monday May 7.

Posters displayed at Te Auaha to showcase how public space is being used within the community.

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