Wānaka Sun       

ReNewArt show a standout success

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Wānaka-ites are in for a treat this Friday and Saturday nights when the RenewArt 2020 Creative Community Showcase comes to town.

Held at the Queenstown Events Centre last weekend, it's now Wānaka's turn.

 The event will feature twenty visual artists and 21 performing arts groups across 17 discipline including dance, painting, music, sculpture, theatre, photography, aerial performance, jewellery, comedy, film, light installations, pencil, fire dance and ceramics.

With one mutual theme of "renewal" the event in Wānaka this weekend is set to reunite the community through the power of arts and culture.

Three Lakes Cultural Trust general manager Jo Brown said the idea behind RenewArt was to create uplifting events to be enjoyed by the entire district post-Covid-19, while also enabling a paid work opportunity for local artists. 

"Our artists have done it hard over the Covid-19 period," she said.

"The RenewArt Creative Community Showcase provides an opportunity to support the incredible artistic talent we have right here in our region," she said. "We understand that this is the first time an event like this, offering the work of so many different performing and visual artists has ever taken place in our district and we are very excited to present it."

Last weekend's event in Queenstown was a standout, sold-out success, she said, and the Wānaka event this weekend is also sold out. But there is the opportunity over three days to visit the visual artist's work in the Wānaka Community Centre, and she hopes many residents will take this opportunity.

Of last weekend's event in Queenstown, Brown said: "It was extraordinary, there is no other word for it. The breadth of talent we saw on the stage and in the artwork was incredible.

"We exceeded everybody's expectations. The event manager did an incredible job of transforming a basketball court into something that looked like Te Papa. A beautifully staged exhibit. The lighting and sound and staging was first class. It was sold out both nights.

"And we are represented by every area, Wānaka, Hawea, Cardrona, Albert Town…"

Read edition 996 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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