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How to tell your arts from your elbow

By Jarrod 27 Aug 2015

Sometimes, there’s so much going on in this city that it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Fortunately, the folks behind the New Zealand Festival are here to help - with the launch of The Culture Club.

Joining The Culture Club gives you VIP access to the best of Wellington’s arts happenings, including talks, debates, performances and parties - as well putting you to the front of the queue for the best seats at the New Zealand Festival, Writers Week, the Wellington Jazz Festival, and more. You can sign up for as little as $5 per month, and by doing so, you’re helping to ensure that the Festival can continue to bring all these events to the capital (while keeping ticket prices reasonable).

That last bit is important: for every dollar the New Zealand Festival brings in through ticket sales, it needs to find another two dollars from somewhere else. Your $5 (or more, if you like) goes towards filling that gap, as well as making you part of an exclusive club. There’s even a newsletter - a weekly dose of news and culture, curated by the Festival’s Content Editor, Guy Somerset.

Need an extra incentive? The first special deal for The Culture Club members is priority access to two just-announced shows in next year’s Festival - a double bill of dance works from acclaimed German choreographer Pina Bausch, and a new light and sound installation from the artists behind 2014’s popular Power Plant.

A company of 36 dancers will present Bausch’s Café Müller and The Rite of Spring, two of her signature works from the 1970s - the first time her works have been performed in New Zealand, and only the second time in Australasia. This rare treat for fans of contemporary dance will be accompanied by a season of films, including Wim Wenders 2011 documentary, Pina.

As for the Power Plant people? This time, they’re turning their attention to Otari-Wilton Bush, and during March 2016 will be transforming it by night into a light and sound extravaganza, For the Birds. Carefully designed to fit in with its beautiful setting (and to respect the flora and fauna therein), this promises to be a thoroughly enchanting sensory experience.

All in all, The Culture Club looks like a great way to stay informed about what’s going on in Wellington (alongside reading Word on the Street, that is…). You can sign up here.

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