In 2017 this festival, previously known as the Matariki Development Festival, will commence a new evolution – marking a vision to better serve the Māori and Pasifika creative industry in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Breaking Ground is a development platform for new work. A vital development festival that will workshop and test new ideas and stories within a mana Māori, mana Pasifika kaupapa.
An evolution of the acclaimed Matariki Development Festival, Breaking Ground is a more responsive platform – creating focus for the development of new Māori and Pasifika writers, as well as a platform to introduce global indigenous playwrights to Wellington and Aotearoa New Zealand.
“New writing is their ‘life-blood’ and writers their ‘soul, conscience and heart’. They honour the fundamental purpose of theatre in any healthy society.”
THURSDAY 8 JUNE
1pm | The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University* Rehearsed Readings: Open to the public & free of charge
Cracked by Barbara Hostelek w Kyle Morrison (Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Australia)
My Boy He Play Ball by Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Hawai’i)
THURSDAY 8 JUNE
6.30pm – 8pm | Toi Pōneke Gallery, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre**
Ngā hau e whā | Artists Panel: Open to the public & free of charge
Meet Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker (Hawai’i), Kyle Morrison and Barbara Hostelek (Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Australia), Victor Rodger (NZ/Samoa)
SATURDAY 10 JUNE
1pm | The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University*
Rehearsed Readings: Open to the public & free of charge
Maranga Mai New Writing by Wāhine Māori, Va’ine Pasifika Emerging Writers
Uma Lava by Victor Rodger (NZ/Samoa)
* The rehearsed readings will take place at The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University, Wallace Street, Mount Cook, Wellington 6021 (Level C, Block 12). The readings are open to the public and free of charge.
** Ngā hau e whā: Artists Panel will take place at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61/69 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6012. The panel discussion is open to the public and free of charge.