Boost for creative capital arts projects

21 November 2014

This week the Wellington City Council granted $109,000 to 26 organisations from the arts and culture community in the Capital – with community festivals, WW100 commemorative projects, and theatre and dance groups all benefitting from grants.

Tawata will be producing their Putahi festival of Māori theatre

Tawata's Putahi festival of Māori theatre received a grant from the Arts and Culture Fund


The 26 grants were approved by the Council’s Economic Growth and Arts Committee, recipients include the Royal NZ Ballet project commemorating WWI in schools, the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre, the Measina Festival will show works by emerging Māori and Pacifica practitioners, and Tawata will be producing their Putahi festival of Māori theatre.  

Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer, leader of the Arts and Culture Portfolio, says these grants will make Wellington’s already vibrant and creative community really shine bright. 

“The fund is designed to support projects that make a positive contribution to the city, and is focused on four main areas: a hothouse for talent; to reinforce Wellington as a region of confident identities; to support active and engaged people; and to encourage our creative future through technology. 

“As ever we have a lot of demand for these grants which is a testament to our thriving creative sector,” says Cr Ahipene-Mercer. 

The next round of funding for local arts projects in Wellington are 28 February 2015 for the Creative Communities Funding Scheme, and 22 March 2015 for the Arts and Culture fund. The recipients for the October 2014 round of Arts and Culture fund are: 

Asian Events Trust

Wellington Chinese New Year Festival 2015


Te Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust

Waitangi Day 2015


Alliance Française Wellington

WWI commemorative choral concert


Barbarian Productions Limited


Company Infrastructure Building- support to deliver community theatre project in Wellington suburbs



With Lime

7 Generations – a three act Butoh performance


Allan Giddy


Sonic Wells – WWI commemorative public art project


Royal New Zealand Ballet

Salute schools' dave and performance workshops



New Zealand Cricket Museum


WWI XI – exhibition of NZ cricketers who were in WWI, around the Basin Reserve


Java Dance Company Ltd.

The Wine Project dance performance series


Jandals Inc

Measina Festival 2015


Aro Valley Community Council Inc

Aro Valley Fun Lab – creativity workshops in Aro Valley


The Kupe Charitable Trust

Te Rā o Kupe – Community Māori festival.


Young and Hungry Arts Trust

For the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre


New Zealand Book Council

Writers in schools


Pirate and Queen Ltd


Number One Field Punishment: A multimedia art presentation focussing on New Zealand conscientious objectors during World War One.



Youthdance Education Trust

Wellington International Dance Day event


A Slightly Isolated Dog Limited

Perfectly Wasted – project with Long Cloud Youth Theatre


Wellington Russian Club

Russian Christmas Festival for Children 2014


Wellington After-Care Association Inc.

Oamaru Stone Workshop


The Wellington Boys' and Girls' Institute

Working with emerging street artists as part of the CubaDupa festival


Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board

‘Wake Up Tomorrow’ production in Circa One


Circa Theatre

Circa Theatre Accessibility Programme 2015


Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Trust

‘University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival’ and ‘Primarily Playing with Shakespeare’


Capital Performing Arts Incorporated

10 monthly concerts at the Pines in Island Bay


Tawata Productions

Putahi Festival 2015 - Māori theatre festival


Footnote Dance Trust Board

Choreolab 2015 dance workshops