Culture capital thriving with Council support

11 August 2015

Wellington City Council supports the arts by funding around 80 projects a year.

The Ragged, part I from the underTOW series

The Ragged, part 1 from the underTOW series


July’s funding round put a total of $69,900 towards Arts and Culture projects in Wellington, helping to enable a bright future for our city’s reputation as New Zealand’s culture capital.

The 2015 National and Wellington Residents Monitoring surveys confirm that 84 percent of New Zealanders believe that Wellington has a culturally rich and diverse arts scene. And Wellingtonians appreciate what we have – 87 percent report having attended or participated in arts and cultural activities in the previous year.

“It’s great to see the arts growing and thriving in Wellington,” says arts portfolio leader Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer “and encouraging to see support and recognition not only from Wellingtonians but from New Zealanders as well.”

In Wellington we like to give things a go, so the Arts and Culture Fund supports a mixture of emerging and well-known artists, events and projects.

Among many of the events Wellingtonians can look forward to this year and the next are the Colours of Futuna concert series in Karori’s iconic Futuna Chapel, featuring classical chamber groups to choirs, as well as contemporary, world and folk musicians.

The fund also ensures that Māori theatre company Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu can present its latest play. Set in 1869 during the Land Wars, Dog and Bone is the second instalment in Te Rakau’s underTOW series, which examines the history of Wellington.

To commemorate Armistice Day, chamber choir Nota Bene will perform a programme focussed on the women and families left behind during wartime. Mothers, Daughters, Wives combine choral works with text written by New Zealand women during WWI and WWII. The concert will take place in the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The Wellington Youth Circus, made up of the next generation of circus performers, will receive circus and performance training, adding vibrancy to festivals and local schools all over Wellington throughout the year.

Wellington City Council supports projects that best fit the following four focus areas: the city as a hothouse for talent, Wellington as a region of confident identities, active and engaged people, and our creative future through technology.

If you have a project that you’d like to get up and running in the “coolest little capital in the world” your next opportunity will be through the Creative Communities Funding scheme, for community arts projects. The closing date for this is August 31. Find out more at

July 2015 Round – Economic Growth and Arts Committee - 4 August 2015

Organisation name Support for Amount granted
Barbarian Productions Limited Spring, Shoot - a mini arts festival in Vogeltown.
Capital Blues Incorporated Purchase new lighting - contribution to new lighting units for Blues club. $1,000
Drakeford, McCann & Phillips productions Staging at BATS of an original production of Spring Awakening, a Tragedy of Childhood, by Frank Wedekind. Translated by Francis J. Ziegler. $2,000
Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board Wellington Street Art Maps - documenting street art in the city and creating a digital mobile web map. $4,000
Friends of Futuna Charitable Trust Colours of Futuna - 11 concert series $4,000
Jandals Inc. IMPACT - creating, producing and presenting a work based on the 2009 Tsunami in Samoa. $3,000
Lilburn Residence Trust Support for the Trust who host residencies at the former home of Douglan Lilburn. $3,500
New Zealand Opera Ltd Support for education programme for a large scale work which will involve children and young people as part of the NZ Festival. $12,000
New Zealand Portrait Gallery Alan Pearson exhibition – NZ Portrait Gallery seeking to engage a wider and more diverse audience, both Wellingtonians as well as visitors to the region. $2,000
Nota Bene Mothers, Daughters, Wives - a concert on and for Armistice Day.
NZ Comedy Trust Support for the NZ International Comedy Festival 2016. $7,000
Omphalos Co Rehearsal and presentation of a new New Zealand work, The Quiet Room $4,000
Show Pony-VENERA EUPHEMIA LIMITED t/a Dead Men's Wars a new theatre work developed by Wellington's Long Cloud Youth Theatre in collaboration with Canberra Youth Theatre, explores the place of young people within the ANZAC legacy. $2,900
Te Rakau Hua O Te Wao Tapu Dog and Bone a public season of the second installment of the underTOW series, presented at Te Papa. $4,000
The Sound and Light Exploration Society Sound Explorers Workshop and performance series of sound art and creative music at the Pyramid Club. $4,000
The Theatreview Trust Reviewing performing arts productions in Fringe and the NZ Festival 2016. $2,500
Theatre Awards Trust Support for annual Wellington Theatre Awards. $5,000
Wellington Circus Trust Youth Circus will provide training and opportunities for young Wellingtonians. $3,000
Wellington Gilbert & Sullivan Society Inc. The Gondoliers, presented at the Opera House in September 2015. $2,000

Total: $69,900