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NZ Festival draws to a close

Now is the time to say goodbye

SHELAGH MAGADZA
Last updated 09:21 16/03/2014

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It's always a sad moment when the festival comes to an end and we say goodbye to the last visiting artists. Quite a few of them are now holidaying in New Zealand - delaying their return to the cold northern winter - which highlights the wider benefits of the festival to the economy through hospitality, retail and tourism.

Thank you to the people in these sectors who contribute to the great reputation this festival has internationally for the quality of experience it offers.

Several shows have toured the greater Wellington region reaching Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Porirua and Kapiti. These are always special moments for the artists and their hosts. Behind the scenes, artists have generously given time to school classes and students in master classes and workshops. From circus skills, to dance classes, acting workshops to seminars for writers and publishers, there is a wonderful legacy left within our own creative community. These experiences will spur Kiwi artists on to be ambitious and fearless in their own work.

We still have a weekend of shows to end the festival on a high note. Australia's Circa performs its unique circus show Beyond, while Irish dance company Fabulous Beast presents Rian, a beautiful mix of live music and dance. The world premiere of Age, a dance work by New Zealander Ross McCormack, marks another great achievement.

Next week we are back to normal, enriched by all the memories of the past few weeks. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a moment but sometimes it is those little thoughts, chuckles and images that pop into your head months later that are a testament to how much deeper the effect of these three weeks can have on our lives.

- Shelagh Magadza is the New Zealand Festival's artistic director.

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