February 25, 2014
Banff beckons Maori artists
Contemporary Maori Dancers and writers are being given a chance to attend one of the world’s largest arts and creativity incubators.
Creative New Zealand is funding one position each in the indigenous dance and writing residency programmes at Canada’s Banff Centre for the next two years.
The centre is renowned for commissioning, supporting and producing new creative works.
Creative New Zealand senior manager Cath Cardiff says the hope is it will open up new opportunities for Maori artists to develop their practice and present their work to international audiences.
The Indigenous Dance Residency is a four-week intensive programme leading to a new work to be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival, while the indigenous Writing Programme comprises two weeks of writing time at The Banff Centre and 10 weeks working online with a mentor editor.
Applications for this year’s programme close in May.
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