Te Pou presents the third year of the annual Kōanga Festival from 1-16 September, a vital celebration of Māori storytelling.
The festival will be held in Te Pou Theatre’s new space at Henderson’s Corban Estate Arts Centre with a range of performances, showcases, workshops, readings and social events.
At the heart of the programme is Whakarongo Mai, two evenings of live readings of new works on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September by four Māori playwrights.
The festival will also feature the world premiere of Albert Belz’ award-winning Cradle Song, which will open on 5 September in a production directed by Tainui Tukiwaho, and Tuhi Tika, a two-day masterclass workshop for Māori playwrights starting on 15 September.
Kōanga Festival is presented in partnership with Going West Writers Festival.
MĀTAKITAKI MAI (LIVE THEATRE): CRADLE SONG
5-8 Sep, 7.30pm | The Church, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson | Ticketed
A world premiere production from Te Rēhia Theatre Company, presented in partnership with Going West Festival. Written by Albert Belz. Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho.
TUHI TIKA: PLAYWRIGHTS WĀNANGA
Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sep | The Cellar Theatre, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson | Free
Back by popular demand: a free two-day masterclass workshop for emerging and established Māori playwrights. To book a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAKARONGO MAI: PLAY READINGS
Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sep, 6pm | The Cellar, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson | Koha
Two special evenings of new plays by Māori playwrights, presented here in double-bills.
For more information see the link: http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/events/2018/09/koanga-festival/