Through an exciting partnership between the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific and Creative New Zealand the Edinburgh Festivals Intensive programme has been reignited. This opportunity supports New Zealand artists to experience the Edinburgh festivals and this will be the first time a New Zealand delegation of artists has travelled to Edinburgh since pre-Covid-19.
Artists will be attending the 2023 Edinburgh Art, Book and Fringe Festivals with a combination of first timers (teina artists) alongside seasoned practitioners who have travelled to Edinburgh before (tuakana artists). The programme is bringing together a group of performing, visual and literary artists to soak-up the world-class experience of Edinburgh’s festivals.
The Edinburgh Festivals Intensive programme provides artists with a chance to experience the festivals first-hand, build networks and understand what’s required to perform at Edinburgh – the programme is about learning and gathering experience and that could enable artists to go and perform or exhibit at the festivals in the future.
Natasha Beckman, Director of the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific, says the return to Edinburgh is so important to help restore relationships after the pandemic. “We’re thrilled to announce the 17 New Zealand artists that will be able to soak up all that Edinburgh’s festivals offer. Our work is to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide, and to create reciprocal opportunities that are rewarding” says Beckman.
Click here for more information about the Edinburgh Festivals Intensive Programme and here to read Creative New Zealand’s news story about the delegation selection. Click here to read more about the delegates.
Momentum International Delegate Programme
The 17-strong delegation includes two arts practitioners who have been specially selected for the British Council-partnered Momentum literature and visual arts international delegate programme which sees curators, creative entrepreneurs, funders, media professionals, officials, producers and programmers from all over the world immerse themselves in an unrivalled showcase of global cultural excellence.
Claire Mabey and Taarati Taiaroa have been selected to participate in the Literature and Visual Arts programmes respectively.
Read more about the Momentum programme here.