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Wellington Dance Festival - Contract Position Available

11 Jan 2010

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We are looking for a self motivated person to lead the planning for a new Wellington Dance Festival. This festival is to replace the Dance Your Socks Off festival, which ended in 2009. The position will be part time between March and July 2010, based at the DANZ office, Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 69 Abel Smith Street, Wellington. A description of the role is below.

If you think you're the ideal person please send your CV and cover letter to DANZ: email danz@danz.org.nz or post to DANZ, PO Box 9885, Wellington 6141.

Please call DANZ Marketing & Admin Manager Celia Jenkins, phone 04 802 0531, if you have any questions about the role.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Role Title: Wellington Dance Festival Contract

Purpose of Role:

The contractor is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of a Wellington Dance Festival strategic plan and initial planning of the first festival. This will include community consultation to develop a festival with the following vision:

A festival celebrating the diverse dance of Wellington – comprising opportunities to attend a wide range of dance events, both participation and performance, with curated links between the professional and community sectors.

It is envisaged that the first festival would be held in June or August 2011

Reports to:
Wellington Dance Festival Advisory Panel

Executive Director – DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) – will provide line management and support


Wellington Dance Festival Advisory Panel


Wellington City Council (Grants, City Arts and Recreation Wellington)

Community dance organisations including Maori, Pacific and other ethnic groups

Public and private sector dance providers

Professional dance companies

Freelance contemporary dance community

Other regional festivals


Development of Strategic Plan

Background research

Recommendations for an organisational structure including governance

A festival business plan including marketing , programming, financial and funding

A long term plan (5 years)

Identifying potential partners

To develop funding applications over period of contract


To identify key stakeholders in a new Wellington Dance Festival (within and beyond the dance sector)

To identify and balance the need for direct provision and working in partnership with community organisations

Maintain an up-to-date Wellington Dance Festival database.

To identify new opportunities to increase community awareness of and participation in dance activities and events through a festival programme

Desired skills:

Strong written and oral communication skills

Self motivated

Knowledge of Wellington dance sector

Understanding of strategic planning process


Application deadline Thursday 11 February 2010

Interviews late February

Contract starts early/mid March

Contract ends July

This position is a part time fixed term contract working out of the DANZ office at Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 69 Abel Smith Street, Wellington.


Fixed fee $5,000 (plus GST if applicable)

Apply by sending your CV todanz@danz.org.nz or DANZ, PO Box 9885, Wellington 6141