Rhombus And Pacific Curls In Toronto
Outstanding Aotearoa artists will present their work at the world's largest festival of contemporary, indigenous art in Canada this month.
Planet IndigenUS is a multi-disciplinary festival that promotes indigenous artists and cultures from around the world. Over 350 artists will be involved in the 10 day festival which draws crowds of over 200,000.
Established in 2004, Planet IndigenUS partners with over 20 organisations across Toronto and Brantford, including the two main festival sites Harbourfront Centre and Woodland Cultural Centre.
Creative New Zealand is supporting the following artists to appear at Planet IndigenUS; musical groups Rhombus and Pacific Curls, storyteller and tikanga (Māori protocols) expert Joe Harawira, dancer and choreographer Charles Koroneho and theatre production house, Tawata Productions.
"The artists will present high quality art from Aotearoa and be powerful ambassadors for our country and culture. International opportunities like these are essential for New Zealand artists to develop professionally and ensure our stories are told authentically, on a world stage," says Cath Cardiff, Senior Manager Arts Policy, Capability and International at Creative New Zealand.
Planet IndigenUSfestival provides an opportunity for indigenous artists to meet and grow cultural and institutional networks. The New Zealand artists will perform their work and participate in the Presenters and Visitors Programme which includes workshops and panel discussions. The schedule is designed to provide maximum opportunities for artists to view new artwork and connect with other artists and producers.
Planet IndigenUS runs from 10-19 August, 2012.
The festival encompasses education, outreach, youth projects, commissions, professional development and internships throughout Canada.
RHOMBUS CANADA SHOW DATES:
Saturday 18 August
Westjet Stage, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Sunday 19 August
Woodlands Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brandtford
Rhombus are also running a Dub-workshop session show on Saturday 18 August at the Brigantine RoomHarbourfront Centre from 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
All the shows are FREE and all ages, outdoors... Go and say kia ora to the artists!