Getting in the groove with live jazz

Last updated 07:58 22/01/2013

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On Sunday, you can experience the sounds from the jazz club scene of Len Lye's New York years with his jazz inspired films and a live quartet performing jazz standards and bebop.

The quartet features Robin Wells on saxophone, Phil Cook on drums, Mark Stevens on guitar and Matt Sagen on the grand piano. Dressing up in 1950s gear is optional.

Entry, including refreshments, costs $12, Govett-Brewster Friends $10. Bookings are essential and can be made at the Govett- Brewster Gallery or phone 06 759 6060. Live Jazz from Len Lye's Years runs from 4pm to 6pm at New Plymouth's Govett- Brewster Art Gallery.

Arts hui open to all groups

The inaugural South Taranaki Arts Hui will take place on Friday, February 15.

It is open to people from throughout Taranaki, Whanganui and Palmerston North who are artists, members of arts groups, arts entrepreneurs, community trust representatives, council officers, gallery staff, volunteers and self- employed businesses and community arts workers.

It aims to increase and stimulate district and regional collaborations, to support each other by creating strong networks and to share projects, philosophies, ideas and successes.

Co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman plans to include discussion/ workshop blocks that include Pecha Kucha project sharing ( what) ; Strengths Audit - Who does what well, what is your expertise?; Funding opportunities - how to develop sustainable solutions and ideas on how to collaborate and ideas for the future.

"I intend the hui to be informal, inclusive, informative, inspirational and enjoyable. I always appreciate meeting and interacting with others who work in the community arts field," she said.

"This hui has developed from a need to create an opportunity for us all to get together to share our experiences and support one another."

It will be held in the Hunter Shaw Building in Patea from 9am to 4pm. It is free but Ms Stoneman requires numbers by January 25 for catering purposes and so she can compile a schedule for the day. She is happy to be contacted with any questions.

Her email is or phone 0800 111 323.

Creativity Challenge on agenda

The Western Institute of Technology will host the 2013 NZ Creativity Challenge in April.

Twenty-four practical workshops will be available to choose from.

There will be presenters from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the US and Canada.

The Creativity Challenge aims to spread the idea of imagination, creativity, and innovation as indispensable tools of survival for all: artists, scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, engineers, students, mathematicians, politicians, community and business leaders.

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The organisers believe that in a world that struggles to adapt to its vastly differing perspectives while facing difficult economic times, it is critical.

The challenge is on April 27 and 28. Early bird registrations are now open at http:/ /www.nzcreativity. at $155.

There are limited numbers available.

For more information visit

- Taranaki Daily News

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