escape! the little festival with big ideas

That little green book

That little green book

Queen’s Birthday Weekend in Tauranga? Friday 3 June to Monday 6 June 2016 is all about fun, performance, events, big ideas, literature and the cool: performance poetry and the first Zinefest.

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Friday 3 June X-Space Baycourt 

1-2pm + post-show talk for schools No Holds Bard: Michael Hurst. In a nutshell what Hamlet does after that show.

 5.30-6.30pm Marvellous Microbes: Siouxsie Wiles that out-there pink-haired scientist, Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.

Friday 3 June Baycourt foyer  8pm-9pm Panhandlers: Callum Gentleman & Joel Vinsen, performance poetry  Words and music blur. Words from a whisper to a bellow and beautiful melodies

Saturday 4 June The Terraces Baycourt 2.30-3.30pm Young at Art: Donovan Bixley award-winning author and illustrator (limited to 25 places) offers children aged 7 and 11 years and activity based session

Saturday 4 June 2.30-4pm Somerset Cottage, Bethlehem Peter Gordon: Cooking Demonstration (limited to 30 places) The king of fusion food demonstrates some of the flavours and techniques that have won him a world-wide following.

Saturday 4 June 10am – 2pm Tauranga Art Gallery, Zinefest. An open invitation to artists, writers, poets, creatives, hipsters, cat lovers, teachers, punk rockers, musos and cool kids! You are all warmly welcome to take part in this amazing event.

Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June 10am-2pm Addison Stage, Baycourt Wright Family Foundation Human Library, People Matter, everyday Kiwis with a story to tell, television campaign.

Saturday 4 June X-Space Baycourt

10-11am Much Ado: Donovan Bixley, Mark Houlahan, Michael Hurst with Moderator Rod Oram 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

11.30am-12.30pm  My Culinary Journey: Peter Gordon in a conversation led by broadcaster Jesse Mulligan

1 – 2pm Media Matters: Steve Braunias, Rod Oram, Aimie Cronin discuss the state of the media.

2.30 -3.30pm Under Review: Steve Braunias, Jessie Mulligan. Who reads reviews?

4 – 5-20pm Don’t Mention the Flag! Rod Oram, Awanui Black, Margaret Wilson, Charlie McDermott with Moderator Rod Vaughan Are we waving or drowning?

7.30 – 8.30pm No Holds Bard: Michael Hurst. In a nutshell what Hamlet does after that show.

Sunday 5 June X-Space, Baycourt

10-11am True Crime, Steve Braunias and Paul Mabey QC: a discussion

11.30am – 12-30pm The Antipodeans: Greg McGee’s latest work. Leading the conversation is novelist Nicky Pelligrino

1 – 2pm Two Worlds Collide: Dame Anne Salmond Historian and Anthropologist

2.30 – 3.30pm Let There be Light: Siouxsie Wiles in discussion with NZ Herald Science Reporter Jamie Morton: why scientists need to make their work easily understood and the challenges in getting the truth out there.

4 – 5pm The Great Escape! Greg McGee, Nicky Pelligrino and other leading NZ writers and communicators explore the session theme.

Monday 6 June The Terraces, Baycourt Travel Writing Workshop (limited to 12 places) Steve Braunias award-winning travel writer and a former editor-in-residence at the Wintec School of Journalism.

Monday 6 June Addison Stage, Baycourt  10 – 11am Nicky Pelligrino and a morning tea literary event catered by Spongedrop Cakery with an Italian flavour.

That little green book

That little green book

Escape! Is a Tauranga Arts Festival Trust event with major sponsorship from TECT and other community and business sponsors with Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Creative Communities and The Incubator.

The escape! Team is: Director Claire Mabey with Sandra Simpson, Jo Bond, Donella Jones Design, Blackpepper Website Design and Baycourt Venue Partner.

You can follow escape! On facebook

twitter and instagram @taurangafestival

Tickets? Ticketek outlets nationwide or or 0800 848 538

Baycourt Theatre: 38 Durham Street, Tauranga.

Monday-Friday 8.45am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 1pm


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