Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts in London
This year will see the inaugural Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts (AusNZFest) held in London from 29th May - 1st June 2014 at King's College.
With more than 50 events showcasing up to 80 writers, artists, academics and journalists, the Festival will explore what these nations offer on the global stage and what it means to be an Australian and New Zealander today.
The Festival will be opened by Tim Winton and confirmed authors include Clive James, CK Stead, Fay Weldon, Geoffrey Robertson, Helen Garner, Evie Wyld, Anna Funder, John Pilger and Witi Ihimaera.
Supported by the governments of both countries, and media partners The TIMES and SUNDAY TIMES, the Festival will celebrate the best of literature, theatre, film and music from and about Australia and New Zealand. Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter Jane Campion is the festival patron.
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AUS & NZ FESTIVAL PROGRAMME REVEALED
After months of late-night planning sessions, cross-continental communications and more post-it notes than the stationery section of Ryman’s, we’re finally able to end the anticipation with the first wave of events for the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Festival now on sale.
Our jam-packed four-day programme of talks, music, arts and culture, will offer a feast for the senses and a banquet for the brain. With an array of local and expat talent on show for UK audiences, the only difficulty will be choosing which events to attend. Opening proceedings will be one of Australia’s most beloved and prolific writers, Tim Winton, who will be discussing his new novel and life as Australia’s most adapted writer into stage and screen with Radio 4’s Kirsty Lang. Witi Ihimaera, one of New Zealand’s most prominent M?ori writers writing today and Ali Cobby Eckermann, an award-winning Aboriginal poet, will jointly open the festival in a special ‘welcome to country’ address.
From Helen Garner and Helen Simpson discussing memory and imagination, to Antarctic expert Meredith Hooper and YA writer Jesse Blackadder exploring the inspirational landscape of a harsh and unforgiving environment, to the UK premiere of Virtuosity, a feature documentary by award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Sue Healey about eight outstanding New Zealand dance artists as they make their mark on the world, the festival will journey to all corners of the globe being explored by Aus & NZ artists.
Themes of war, courage and the resilience of human spirit in our War & Words series sit alongside an exploration of identity, belonging and demographic change with the launch of Pacific Highways, the NZ-edition of leading Australian journal GriffithREVIEW. Film and music are represented, including a performance of a specially commissioned musical piece from Australian composer Mark Bradshaw, with star British actor Ben Whishaw reading the biblical poem The Song of Solomon. Emily Barker, the BAFTA award-winning Australian singer song writer will give an exclusive, intimate solo performance drawing on the literary connections in her lyrics.
Remember – this is just the beginning. There are still a number of big names and exciting events to come, including writing workshops, art installations and theatre productions. A second wave of events will be released on Friday 11th April, along with the release of festival day and weekend passes. As well as being amazing value there is extra incentive to sign up as a member and earn your money back straight away. Memberships start at £30 and also offer you priority seating at busy events.