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05 May 2016 / News
From Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22, the Wairarapa town of Featherston will be the centre of attention for those who sell, buy and collect second-hand and antiquarian books. Featherston is the first New Zealand town to become a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns and their successful inaugural event in October 2015 attracted booksellers and ‘literary types’ from all around the country. This year they’ve invited the New Zealand String Quartet to take part.
Lincoln Gould, CEO of Booksellers New Zealand and Chair of the Featherston Booktown Trust explains the concept of a Booktown as “a small rural town, close to major cities, in which antiquarian bookshops are concentrated. Most have developed in villages of historic interest and or scenic beauty. Their residents set up events around books – selling them, writing, reading, printing, making and publishing them.” The first Booktown was established in Hay-on-Wye in England in 1961. Now, Booktowns have sprung up around the world, from Europe to Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
On Saturday 21st, we'll give a series of three performances of Gareth Farr and Joy Cowley’s Scary Music, commissioned last year by Creative New Zealand for primary school children. Author Joy Cowley is a Featherston resident (and Gareth’s parents live in Wairarapa too), so we’re delighted to perform this charming piece in Joy’s home town. Read our earlier story from 2015, 'Gareth Farr and Joy Cowley a Scary Combination'.
22 April 2020 / NewsWe're used to making music together and travelling to perform for audiences around New Zealand and overseas, but the COVID-19 crisis has meant huge changes for us all. In New Zealand, we are currently into the fourth week of lockdown – a position many of you reading from around the... Read More
21 April 2020 / NewsLate last year we tidied up a bit backstage, adding more videos and audio tracks to our digital channels. Until we can perform publicly again, there are plenty of playlists and short clips to explore. Read More
25 February 2020 / NewsLast weekend the Adam Summer School concluded another year – once again on a high note. Across nine days of more than a hundred coaching and practice sessions, public masterclasses, community concerts and Feldenkrais classes each of the students in our seven ensembles worked incredibly hard. Read More