Whether it’s painting, poetry, music, film or dance that floats your artistic boat – you will be spoilt for choice by the line-up at this month’s Arts Out East Festival.
Co-hosted by UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture and Te Tuhi with support from Howick Local Board, the two-week festival kicks off with a showcase event at Uxbridge in Howick on 12 May aimed at giving people a taste of what the festival has to offer.
“We’ve been working on this for over a year and, finally, to be a few days away from opening is exciting,” says Te Tuhi’s executive director Hiraani Himona.
“We are really pleased with the range and diversity of arts on show throughout the festival – it will really showcase the breadth of talent throughout the east.”
Uxbridge’s Ashley Grogan agrees, adding that the local arts community is also excited for the opportunities it could open up beyond the festival.
Hiraani says another bonus of the project has been collaborating with the Uxbridge team.
“It’s been great and I don’t think either of us would have got here without the other – especially on an event this size.”
Howick Local Board Chair David Collings is delighted at the calibre of the event and sees the festival as a chance to showcase and promote the arts to the community.
“We were really keen to see something that was more than a couple of days, so hats off to both Te Tuhi and UXBRIDGE – it’s going to be a great couple of weeks.”
The local board’s arts and culture portfolio lead Katrina Bungard says that as well as the different arts being showcased, the festival is also utilising the variety of venues the local board area has to offer.
“You can see films at the Monterey, go to exhibitions at Te Tuhi, UXBRIDGE or the library, see a play at one of our local theatres or take a workshop at the Polish Heritage Museum or Howick Historical Village.
“I hope this festival will be a real eye-opener for locals of just how vibrant and active of a local arts scene there is on their doorstep.”