Make 'em laugh, dance, sing, create

8 October 2015

Wellington City Council is fostering the growth of comedy in New Zealand. It’s Creative Communities Scheme has agreed to fund the New Zealand Comedy and Humorous Arts Trusts – both champions of laughter.

Rhys Darby with the 2014 Wellington Class Comedians smiling and posing.

Rhys Darby with the 2014 Wellington Class Comedians

The NZ Comedy Trust is putting its $6,000 to good use, continuing to grow a platform for New Zealand’s young comedians. Class Comedians 2016 will provide high school comedy workshops, mentoring and a final performance.

The Humorous Arts Trust will receive $2,000 towards the Wellington Raw Comedy Quest 2016 developing those emerging comedians taking the next step. 

A total of $65,132 was allocated to arts projects in Wellington through this round of the Creative Communities Funding Scheme, a partnership between local councils and Creative New Zealand.

Nicola Young, City Councillor and chair of the Wellington Creative Communities panel says, “We considered some really innovative and exciting ideas, but we can't afford to fund everything, so after careful deliberation and some lively discussions we selected 25 of the best.  Now we look forward to seeing the results, knowing some may shape our culture's future, as these projects are where our innovators begin.” 

Other projects include: The Aro Valley Community Preschool children will be creating a mosaic alongside artist Rachel Silver, working to develop the mural design which will reflect the story of ‘our place’.

A site specific walking podcast focusing on the city’s literary scene, brought to you by Binge Culture Collective, will be available to listeners during Litcrawl on Saturday 14 November, and online after the event.

If you have an arts activity you’d like to bring to your community, or an arts and cultural project, funding can be accessed through Council’s Creative Community Scheme or Arts and Culture Fund. The next closing date is 27 October 2016.

Learn more about Funding or email

Creative Communities Local Funding Scheme – October 2015



Amount Granted 

Aro Valley Community Council Inc.

  Aro Valley Fair  2016


Aro Valley Community Preschool

 'Our Place' – Aro Valley Community Preschool Mosaic


Bard Productions Ltd.

 Lysistrata: Sex and The City State – contribution to development of the production being staged on Matiu/Somes Island


Bender Spring Productions

 Staging of Far Away by Caryl Churchill, Bats Theatre


Binge Culture Collective Limited

 Site-specific podcast, featuring LitCrawl  spoken word festival. In the conversational style of popular podcast ‘This American Life’


Bridget Sanders

 BirdLife, part of the 2017 Fringe Festival


Community Music Junction LTD

 Sing for your Life  ten-week singing programme in four Wellington suburbs


Deborah Eve Rea

 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare staged by Wellington Young Actors group


Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust Board

 Devising Skills Workshop - working with youth with disabilities to devise a new work


Humorous Arts Trust

 Wellington Raw Comedy Quest 2016- open mic stand-up comedy competition


Jennifer O'Sullivan T/A Fringe At The Gryphon

 Fringe at the Gryphon 2016


Kahurangi Friends Inc

 Strathmore Park Summer Events 2016- Kotahi and outdoor movie screening


Poetry at the Fringe

 Poetry at The Fringe- showcasing local poets and musicians through ten events


New Zealand School of Dance

 Tū Move youth dance project


NZ Comedy Trust

 Class Comedians 2016- high school comedy workshops


Script to Screen Te Tari Tuhi Kupu A Whakaahua

 2016 Wellington Short Film Workshop


Short+Sweet New Zealand Limited

 Short+Sweet Festival Wellington- ten minute performances


Stroma New Music Trust

 NINE ECHOES- performance of nine new works commemorating Douglas Lilburn


Terry Shore

 Weekly radio show - Terry's Songwriters Show


The Polish Association in New Zealand Incorporated

 Polish Festival 'Celebrating Everything Polish' 2015


Vincents' Art Workshop Inc

 Support towards art materials and art tuition


Wellington Art Club

 Miramar Community Mural at the Community Centre


Wellington Underground Film Festival (WUFF)

 Wellington Underground Film Festival (WUFF)


Youthdance Education Trust

 Wellington International Dance Day 2016


Zeal Education Trust

 Zeal Photography Exhibition


Total    $65,132