AK in Conversation – free events

13 March 2007

Auckland Festival’s series of cultural discussions returns. The Famous Spiegeltent will stage these FREE thought-provoking talks on weekday, from 12.30-1.30pm, throughout the Festival.

Tues 13 March: Nitin Sawhney Interviewed Live at the Spiegeltent
World class composer, songwriter and producer Nitin Sawhney speaks with Graham Reid about his life, work, philosophy and the creation of A Throw of Dice.

Wed 14 March: What Makes a Creative City: the Role of Arts in Urban Design
Speakers include: Auckland City Council’s Urban Design Manager Ludo Campbell-Reid, Michael Brook (New Zealand Film Archive, Unguarded Intersection: Aquarium AK03 and SKY AK07), Britomart Architect Mario Madayag, Auckland Festival, AK07 Windows artist Jessica Pearless and choreographer Marianne Schultz. Chaired by Vincent Heeringa (Idealog Magazine). Presented in association with Auckland City Council.

Thur 15 March: Poignant or Impotent: Political Themes on the NZ Stage
Speakers include: visiting political satirist Eddie Perfect (Drink Pepsi Bitch), Christian Penny (Penumbra) and director Lemi Ponifasio (TEMPEST), moderated by Oliver Driver.

Fri 16 March: A Song is a Bastard: the Marriage of Music and Poetry
Speakers include: David Fotter (Façade), poet and songwriter DJ Daren Kamali, with performances from Miriam Barr with cellist Fiona Holding, and Façade Musicians. Moderated by Murray Edmond.

Mon 19 March: Do Festivals Add to the Artistic Development of a City?
Chaired by Ilona Rodgers, speakers include David Malacari (Auckland Festival), Carla Van Zon (formerly New Zealand International Arts Festival), Ole Maiava (Pasifika) and Shelagh Magadza (The UWA Perth International Arts Festival).

Tues 20 March: Navigating Auckland’s Visual Arts: an Essential Guide
Speakers include Brian Butler (director ARTSPACE), Sue Gardiner (arts writer), Jenny Gibbs (patron and collector), John Gow (Gow Langsford Gallery) and Chris Saines (director Auckland Art Gallery) moderated by Natasha Beckman (Visual Arts & Public Programme Coordinator, Auckland Festival).

Wed 21 March: Spiegeltour
Built in 1920, this Grand Dame of Cabaret Salons has traveled to festivals worldwide. Feel her spirit and share her stories as Spiegelmaestro David Bates and La Clique Creative Producer/MC Brett Haylock take you on a tour of the most beautiful of the remaining mirrored pavilions.

Thurs 22 March: Heiner Goebbels – Laboritoire des Idées
Acclaimed German composer, producer and creator of Music-Theatre, Heiner Goebbels talks with Michael Hurst about his work.

Fri 23 March: Why Can’t Art Be More Like Sport? …or Why Can’t Sport Be More Like Art?
Speakers include Billy Apple (Artist and sports fan), Neil Waka (Sports Presenter) and Bernice Mene (Sportsperson & Black Grace Patron) and Aidee Walker (Actor), chaired by Clayton Carrick- Leslie.

12 – 23 March, Mondays to Fridays from 12.30-1.30pm
The Famous Spiegeltent, Red Square, Britomart, Auckland
FREE, no bookings required

AK in Conversation is part of Arts and Minds, the Auckland Festival, AK07 Public Programme which includes Arts Collective and Watch this Space

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