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Arts reps from around world search for NZ talent

Published: Thu 11 Mar 2010 12:58 PM
Performing arts, visual arts and literature representatives from around the world will visit New Zealand this week as guests of Creative New Zealand to search for New Zealand arts talent.
From 5 - 15 March Te Manu Ka Tau – Flying Friends hosts 35 leading international producers, presenters, publishers, curators, distributors and key influencers to visit the country to see New Zealand work in context.
Hailing from seven different countries these visitors come from key areas for international arts development;America, Australia, and Asia, as well as the UK and Europe.
The Te Manu Ka Tau – Flying Friends programme, an initiative of Creative New Zealand, has hosted 80 guests since its inception in 2009.
Designed to strengthen connections between New Zealand and overseas festivals, venues, publishing houses and literary agencies, the success of the programme to date is evidence of a strong interest in New Zealand art abroad.
Since the International teams inception in 2008 this programme has continued to grow because of New Zealand artists reputation for excellence, said Creative New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright.
‘Providing the opportunity for artists to showcase their work to these international directors in a New Zealand context is extremley effective and key to artists gaining international success.’
The annual program involves up to forty international visitors and this month is held in partnership with the New Zealand International Arts Festival, New Zealand Post Writers & Readers Week, Sounds Aotearoa, WOMAD Taranaki, and Auckland Triennial.
About Te Manu Ka Tau
Te Manu Ka Tau – Flying Friends is an industry programme to promote sales of New Zealand work into overseas markets and to strengthen the networking links between New Zealand and international colleagues and organsiations. International guests meet with a wide selection of New Zealand arts organisations, producers, artists and writers over an intensive short visit often against the background of a festival or industry-related event. In 2009 the literature, visual arts and performing arts programme was hosted at the Auckland Festival and the Auckland Readers & Writers Week and on other occasions. More than 40 international engagements for New Zealand artists were secured.
These included:
oMAU – Sydney Festival and 9 Centre European Tour that includes France, Belgium, Spain and Austria
oThe Arrival – Sydney Festival and Hong Kong Festival
oApollo 13 – Sydney Opera House
oDon McGlashan and Indian Ink – Western Artsist Alliance, USA
oLloyd Jones and Carl Stead to PEN Festival, New York
o 11 Visual Artists to the Sydney Biennale
oPacific Curls, Jo Harawira, King Kapisi, Falemalama, He Reo Aroha, Sima Urale, Mihirangi – Planet Indigenous
oPacific Curls – Ulsan World Music Festival, Korea
oTe Karakia, Moana & The Tribe, Pacific Curls - The Dreaming Festival, Brisbane
International Guests hosted this month are:
oAlicia Adams Vice President of International Programming and Dance - Kennedy Center, Washington DC
oGilda Almeida Director International Programming - Kennedy Center
oCory Baker Director - Scottsdale Centre for the Arts, Arizona
oCaroline Baum, Director - Two Heads Media, Australia
oWilliam Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director Riverside Studios, London
oGrace Chang, Director of International Rights - Commonwealth Publishing Group, Korea
oLaurie Chittenden, Executive Editor - William Morrow/HarperCollins, New York
o Doryn Chong, MOMA, New York
oLaura Colby, Director - Elsie Management, NYC
oLee Cumberlidge, Program Manager - Brisbane Powerhouse Arts
oKaren Fischer, President - Pasifika Artists Network, Hawaii
oBrigitte Fuerle, Director - Berliner Festspiele
oMichael Heyward, Publisher - Text Publishing, Sydney
oMarcus Hodgson, Director of Operations Musica Viva Australia
oLindy Hume, Artistic Director - Sydney Festival
oDerek Johns, Literary Agent & Director - A P Watt, London
oSherrie Johnson, Senior Curator - PuSH Festival, Vanccouver
oMin Kim, Performance Programme Co-ordinator - Ulsan World Music Festival, Korea
oChul Lee Kim, Artistic Director Seoul Performing Arts Festival
oElizabeth Liddle, Senior Arts Officer-Indigenous Art Arts Victoria, Australia
oJustin Macdonnell, Executive Director ANZARTS Institute, Sydney
oShelagh Magadza, DirectorFestival of Perth
oTim Matthies, Director of Artistic Planning Musica Viva Australia
oMichael Mushalla, President Double M Arts & Events, NYC
oTina Rasmussen, Director Performing Arts, Harbourfront Center, Vancouver
oIan Ritchie, Festival Director - City of London Festival
oIan Scobie, Director - Arts projects Australia
oBrooke Small, Programme Co-ordinator - 10 Days on The Island, Tasmania
oTanya-Hiroko Smith, Producer - Brisbane Powerhouse Arts
oGeoffrey Taylor, Director of Authors - Harbourfront Center, Vancouver
oTimothy Travaglini, Senior Editor - G. P. Putnam’s Sons,New York
oErik Wallin, Director International Programming - Kennedy Center, Washington DC
oMichael Walling, Artistic Director - Origins Festival, London
oElizabeth Walsh, Artistic Director - 10 Days on The Island, Tasmania
oTimothy Wilson, Executive Director - Western Artist Alliance, Portland
ENDS

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