Momentum / TMKT

Programme of initiatives: Momentum and Te Manu Ka Tau

Momentum

This programme provides a dynamic platform for key cultural players to engage and build relationships with organisations and individuals in Edinburgh, the World’s leading festival city. Selected delegates will be able to take advantage of a range of activities; from bespoke itinerary planning and access to in-demand shows, to high-level meetings with relevant cultural figures, including directly engaging with the directors of Edinburgh’s twelve major festivals and arts organisations.

Selected delegates will be able to take advantage of a range of activities; from bespoke itinerary planning and access to in-demand shows, to high level meetings with relevant cultural figures, including directly engaging with the directors of Edinburgh's twelve major festivals and arts organisations.

Momentum is delivered by Festivals Edinburgh (on behalf of Edinburgh’s Festivals), British Council Scotland, and Creative Scotland, with additional support from City of Edinburgh Council, Event Scotland and Scottish Government, as part of their commitment to a year round integrated Cultural Diplomacy working model.

This partnership has already contributed to more than 200 New Zealand artists attending the Edinburgh festivals in August last year for the NZ at Edinburgh 2014 season.
 
This year, seven delegates will be supported with up to $3200 towards travel costs. Six night’s accommodation will also be provided. These delegates will be selected through an open call process.
 
 Timelines for Momentum 2015:
a)      Call for applications sent by April 10th.
b)      The closing date for applications is May 5th.
c)       Successful applicants will be notified 30 May.

Te Manu Ka Tau

TMKT is the incoming visitor programme from Creative New Zealand. British Council has partnered with CNZ on an aspect of this programme reflecting our reciprocal relationship with the UK arts sector, and the building of trust and knowledge from the activity of Momentum delegates each year. The purpose of the incoming visitor programme Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends (TMKT) is to profile New Zealand arts to key international contacts, and to increase awareness and market profile of our artists and institutions/companies.  The programme ultimately aims to generate invitations for artists to participate in international events and gain greater opportunities through international networks. The programme also offers the opportunity for the arts sector to develop new or strengthen existing relationships, develop and increase connectivity between the New Zealand arts and cultural sector and other countries.

The joint programme aims:

  1. To build relationships between New Zealand, Scottish, UK and international artists, producers, curators and cultural partners with a view to  stimulate opportunities for presentation and collaboration for artists and cultural projects between Scotland, the UK and New Zealand.
  2. To incorporate skills-sharing and growing the capability of artists and practitioners; increasing market knowledge and professional development.
  3. Develop artistic exchanges between New Zealand, Scotland the UK and other key regions of mutual interest.
  4. To encourage the presentation  of artistic work between New Zealand and the UK, 2015-17

The annual programme of initiatives will:

  1. Deliver professional and creative development opportunities for artists and practitioners
  2. Explore international market and audience development opportunities, including leveraging off key platforms such as TMKT or Momentum
  3. Provide an opportunity to identify and pursue collaborative and/or exchange opportunities for NZ and UK artists, by facilitated visits and targeted programmes and networking
  4. Inform best practice in terms of representing New Zealand artists internationally and specifically develop an understanding of how to operate and present work in the UK and internationally, including capitalising on audience and market development opportunities.