22 Sep 2014
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Arts Council Chairman Dick Grant says New Zealand made a strong impact in Scotland this year, with coveted awards, sold-out shows, high media awareness and positive reviews. He says excellent relationships have been built with a number of international presenters and partners and several companies are already in conversation about onward touring opportunities.
Creative New Zealand funding helped more than 200 New Zealand artists to participate in seven different festivals in Edinburgh, regarded as the largest arts market in the world.
“I would like to congratulate the companies and artists who pulled out all the stops to get these results, “ says Dr Grant. “It’s a huge undertaking to get a show to Edinburgh and once there the international competition is enormous. The payoff can be fantastic, but it takes hard work and an enterprising spirit to get there.”
“Some of the tremendous opportunities to come out of this year’s festivals are still being negotiated, but we are already celebrating some highly successful outcomes.”
Stand out successes include:
Dr Grant says New Zealand can be very proud of its artistic offering internationally. “The NZ at Edinburgh season raised our profile for all the right reasons. I have no doubt we’ll see further doors open as a result.”
Grace Taylor and Tusiata Avia will participate in the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October and the Edinburgh Arts Festival exhibition Where Do I End and You Begin, with a contribution by New Zealand curator, Aaron Kreisler and five New Zealand visual artists, runs until 19 October.
Enquiries, please contact:
Sarah Pomeroy, Senior Communications Adviser, Creative New Zealand
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