Lemi Ponifasio, Guest Curator
“Arts festivals can stimulate a nation’s culture. Just as agriculture celebrates the planting and harvest, arts festivals enact the planting of new ideas and traditions, which, if tended, will grow into the cultures of the future.”
Te Ata, a festival within the Festival, brings together artists from Aotearoa and around the world in exchange with young New Zealanders who wish to take a bold, brave and active role in shaping the culture of the place where they live.
Two weeks of ground-breaking creative development will culminate in a week of public performances and events hosted by Porirua City, which has one of the youngest populations in New Zealand.
Created with the community of Porirua and artists who include radical US director Peter Sellars, US flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray, South African protest musician Neo Muyanga, US Youth Poet Laureate Kara Jackson, NZ Der Faust prize-winner for dance Aloalii Tapu, 2019 New Zealand Arts Laureate Coco Solid aka Jessica Hansell, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Jonathan Lemalu, baritone Kawiti Waetford and the New Zealand Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra.
People of Te Ata
Composer, musician and librettist. Disrupting the established musical narrative of struggle.
Writer and poet. Delivering accountability where it is so often stripped.
Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid
Musician, writer and visual artist. Amplifying people and radicalising spaces for the future.
Opera Singer. Challenging our classical landscape to better reflect our diversity.
Opera Singer and Kapa Haka performer. Uplifting young people through connection with our ancestry.
Director and Dancer. Challenging the perceptions of the world around him
Our Creative Community
International and National Lead Artists
Top artists from across the globe facilitating arts training, artist talks, devising processes, masterclasses and guiding performance outcomes include: Aloalii Tapu (NZ), Ery Aryani and Helmi Prasetyo (Indonesia), Jessica Hansell (NZ), Jonathan Lemalu (NZ), Kara Jackson (US), Kawiti Waetford (NZ), Neo Muyanga (SA), Reggie (Roc) Gray, Peter Sellers and FLEXN ensemble (US).
Local Participating Artists
Amazing groups supporting their communities include: Virtuoso Strings (Porirua), Home Ground and Arohata Prison (Tawa).
Program Facilitation Partners
The groups working alongside our artists to deliver programs include: Gamelan Wellington, MAU, Sinfonia for Hope Orchestra
Te Ata Festival Whare
The spaces and people hosting our young creatives include: Pātaka Art + Museum, Te Rauparaha Arena, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Whitireia New Zealand