Friday, November 09, 2012

Arts on Sunday 11 November 2012 - radio New Zealand National

12:40 A behind the scenes tour of the renovated National Library - a previously leaky home to New Zealand's precious documents. Taxpayers have put in around 65-million dollars for the refit...what do we get for our investment. Lynn gets a guided tour of the refurbished 1980s building ahead of its grand reopening, with National Librarian Bill McNaught.

1:10 At The Movies: Argo tells the unbelievably true story of a CIA plan to smuggle hostages out of Iran under the guise of a fake movie.

1:32 It's a monumental weekend in Christchurch with the unveiling of Joanna Langford's giant airborne city sculpture and the start of the Art Beat Initiative of live performances at the popular Restart Mall in the CBD. We hear all about it from Deborah McCormick and Lucy Matthews.
Scape: Public Art

1:41 A conversation with one of this country's most influential early Pacific Island Painters, Fatu Feu'u, who came to New Zealand from Samoa in the 1960s. He was taken under the wing of artists like Tony Fomison who helped him forge his career as a paint, sculptor and medallion maker. Fatu has told his life story to his friend Shona Jennings for a new book published by Little Island.

1:55 Ann Hunt reviews the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new-look Giselle which is touring the country

2:05 The Laugh Track: The very busy Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties fame, with the former band just picking up a gong at the New Zealand Music Awards.

2:26 South African theatre company Isango has captured world attention for giving western theatre classics an African twist. But while they are in demand at festivals and concert halls around the world, they're struggling to get an audience at home or any government funding. Frank Kronenberg explains why they'd love to come to New Zealand.

2:35 Poet Ashleigh Young whose collection is called Magnificent Moon... and novelist John Sinclair who sets his story about a violin prodigy in 20th century China in The Phoenix Song. Both are Victoria University Press publications.

2:53 Wellington's first crack at hosting the Semi-Permanent Design conference, a meeting of local and international creative minds. It's a concept that started in New Zealand and is now being held around the world. Founder and director Simon Velvin reveals the line up.

3:05 The Drama Hour: The disturbing true tale of a man who dared to take a stand against his country's blasphemy laws.

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