Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 funding

Angela Frank and Tui Mamaki perform Fly. Photo courtesy Riley Claxton

Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 funding

Local arts initiatives receive more than $27,000 funding

Following the latest Rotorua Creative Communities Scheme funding round, a total of $27,400 was awarded to 23 arts projects across the Rotorua district.

Creative Communities Rotorua Assessment Committee Chair Diana Beattie says the successful projects included music events, visual arts, cultural arts, music and performing arts, craft and community art installations.

“It’s always exciting to see the creative ideas our community is working on and this round is no exception. We received a large number of applications from new candidates who have new cultural experiences to bring to our community.” says Beattie. In the most recent funding round a total of 30 applications for funding were received, requesting more than $127,000.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) offers two opportunities for funding each year and this funding is invaluable in supporting local arts initiatives.

One of the interesting projects from the last round of Creative Communities Scheme funding was ‘FLY’, a collaborative performance by local poet Angela Frank and Tui Mamaki, French-born, vocal explorer, performer, composer/arranger who has studied and been influenced by the music of Bulgaria.

“There has been talk of a tour. Tui’s music and my poems complemented each other so well that we would like to work together in this way in the future”, says Angela Frank.

Creative Communities Rotorua is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and Rotorua Lakes Council. Its main focus is to contribute to the delivery of our local arts and culture policy through stimulating and providing support to arts and culture projects that:

• encourage community engagement and participation in the arts;
• support the diversity and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity;
• enable and encourage young people to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

The next funding round for Rotorua Creative Communities will open 15 August 2019 and close on 26 September 2019.

“The scheme is open to any New Zealand individual or group, with a well thought through creative project for Rotorua they need funding help with” says local Creative Communities Scheme administrator Julie Parsons. Julie has also offers her support to those who would like help with their applications.

Applications must be for arts projects not yet started, that will be delivered in the Rotorua district within 12 months of funding. Visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/creativecommunities for information and application forms or contact Julie Parsons Julie.parsons@rotorualc.nz


For further information: Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council
P: 07 351 8456 C: 0276 741 898
E: Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Image credit: Angela Frank and Tui Mamaki perform Fly. Photo courtesy Riley Claxton
Image credit: Tui Mamaki performs Fly. Photo courtesy Riley Claxton

Projects funded in the April 2019 grant round:

Aorangi Primary School

Pacifica Performing Group

Workshops in Pacifica song, dance and culture


Aratika Cancer Trust

Creative Workshops

Art projects Sep Oct Nov


Cove Theatre –


Three performances at Rotorua Fringe Festival


Gayle Heath

Remade -exhibition and workshop

Exhibition and workshops to teach up-cycling techniques


Glenys Courtney-Strachan

Ukulele unleashed

Free ukulele lessons around town over 4 week period


Heather Kremen

Glass blowing paperweight workshop

Hands on experience making paperweight under expert supervision


Kiwi Racco

Tanabata Day 2019

Japanese Star Celebration


Institute of Registered Music Teachers Rotorua

Rotorua Senior Scholarship 2019

Scholarship and free public concert in 31st year


Jb Collections

Art in Glass Programme 2019

St Chad’s Community Centre – 8 glass art 8 workshops.


Kimiora Trust

Toi Performing Arts

6 week performing arts workshops for teenagers


Lakes Charitable Trust

Dance 4 Us

Dance Classes for our mixed ability or special needs community


Maggie Covell

Nightmare Songs (The Skepticism of Pathos)

Exhibition using image, sound and text – interactive activities, artist’s talk and limited edition book


Mamaku School

Celebration of 125 Years Mamaku Village

School Production and art work for school and community


Nicola Wright

Senior Art Interactions

Series of seniors art workshops


NZ Lockwood Aria Trust

NZ Aria Competition

Annual classical singing competition for young people


Paradise Fusion Ltd

Cancer Society Arts Discovery Workshops

Series of 5 art workshops for clients of the Cancer Society


Rotorua Arts Village

Colour the Night 2019

Free community event – one night mini Arts Festival


Rotorua Arts Village

Rotorua Arts & Community Expo 2019

Free community event to promote the arts, creativity and local artists


Rotorua District Garden Festival

Music in the Gardens

Musical performances in gardens during Rotorua Garden Festival


Rotorua Japanese Playgroup

Rotorua Japanese Summer Festival

Celebrate Japanese New Year with local community children


Rotorua Multicultural Society

Creative Crochet Creations

Eight 2 hour workshops to teach migrants and locals to crochet


Rotorua Youth Development Trust

Sunset Primary School Ukulele Orchestra

Establish a ukulele performance group at Sunset Primary School


Script to Screen

Bay of Plenty Feature Film Screenwriting Workshop

Two day screen writing workshop – for emerging and experienced filmmakers