Necessary Traditions 2018 festival programme:
- Festival Opening & Pecha Kucha on Thursday 8th November, 6pm – In the Great Hall at the Arts Centre. Booking required.
- Necessary Traditions – THE MAIN EVENT on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November, 10am to 5pm – You’ll see over 40 skilled people demonstrate their necessary traditions at the stunningly restored Arts Centre. Watch a knife or a nail being forged, shoes being made in two different ways, Rongōa Māori healing traditions from local plants, a basket being woven from nothing but willow sticks, a cup carved from a log, a blanket from a local fleece, a book bound from waste paper, a chair from a tree, dye colour from plants and much more. See the magic of materials being transformed into use & beauty by skilled dedicated practitioners. Tickets required.
- Necessary Traditions Guest Speakers on 12th to 14th November 6.30pm – Hear from botanists, ecologists & other tohunga about the history, use & health of local resources or taonga e.g. tī kōuka, tōtara & other indigenous species, basket willow, water & land. Speakers include Louise Ayling – Bespoke Shoemaker, Giulio Sturla – Chef & Founder of Roots Restaurant, Maia Mistral – Botanist, Colin Meurk – Ecologist, Philip Simpson – Botanist & Author, Kyle Davis (Ngāi Tahu, nō Wairewa me Ōraka-Aparima) – Archaeologist. Booking required.
- Necessary Traditions Workshops on Monday 12th to 17th November – Learn from craftspeople in an array of over 25 classes. Bookings required.
- Closing event on Saturday 17th November at NG Space 212 Madras Street 1-3pm -Celebrate the work of Tatyanna Meharry & Steven Junil Park of 6×4.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.