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Here you’ll find practice case studies from New Zealand.

New Zealand practice case studies

Caluzzi Cabaret

Bringing sparkle and joy to a driveway near you, 2020

Caluzzi Cabaret has been entertaining audiences for the past 24 years. The night consists of a three course dinner with hilarious Drag Queen entertainment intertwined between the courses to make for a fabulous and hilarious night out. When audience members leave they often comment on how, for the time that they were at Caluzzi, they had forgotten about all of their troubles and just let go for the night. It was this divine feeling that led best friends / Drag sisters Kita and Anita to purchase Caluzzi four years ago.

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Reimagining circus for a quarantine, 2020

Contingencies for a global pandemic are rarely in the planning of an event; so, when Covid-19 caused a nationwide lockdown a great deal of flexible thinking was needed to reframe a three-day Youth Week event by Circus Arts Charity Circability

Luckily flexibility is in the very nature of Circability, a centre for circus and physical theatre that offers innovative circus arts programmes for all ages and abilities. Their youth ambassador panel demonstrated their creativity was up to the task of a major pivot. 

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Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Connecting through music amidst a pandemic, 2020

The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa (CTOA) work with young people aged 12-24 years from across Auckland through mentoring programmes in music, film and photography. The programmes connect young people directly with creative industry professionals who are trained to provide bespoke mentorship. CTOA nurtures and supports young people to develop the skills, knowledge, experiences and relationships that matter to them and that will empower them to make positive changes in their lives. Hundreds of young people come to meet and work with their mentors at youth and arts centres across Auckland every week. CTOA’s regular gig event, The Jam Cellar, is an opportunity for young artists to perform, get experience in audio engineering or learn about event management. CTOA also host and support the youth-led Rawkus Radio station.

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Home Ground

Comfort and support during 'strange and uncertain times', 2020

Home Ground is a multi-disciplinary community arts initiative, for women in the Justice system. In the first half of this year, the Home Ground collective was running workshops in Arohata Women’s Prison, and had just finished a two month community based project in Lower Hutt. We were working towards ‘Project Whā’, our public platform for showcasing our work that has been in development over the last year. We were planning an exhibition and a series of public engagement events to discuss the impact of incarceration on women and whānau.

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Māpura Studios

Artfully confronting our fears and worries during the lockdown, 2020

Māpura Studios is a creative space, offering visual arts, art therapy, music, movement, poetry, dance therapy, performance art and cartooning programmes for people living with disabilities, impairment, or other social and personal need. We provide a professional service in person-centred creative learning & therapies; our work provides an innovative, unique synthesis of arts practice & self- development with a focus on the health and well-being of our artists.

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Keeping creativity and laughter alive during lockdown, 2020

Mixit is a project that uses creativity to inspire young people. It is a multicultural platform for young people from refugee, migrant and local backgrounds. The heart of Mixit is their Saturday afternoon sessions, bringing together a diverse group of young people to mix, create and express themselves. Mixit also runs a Youth Leadership and Alumni programme, as well as participating in community events and annual performance projects.

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The Drama Workshop and the Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre

Opportunities lost and opportunities found for Te Wananga Whakaari o Te Matau a Maui Tikitiki aTaranga, 2020

At the start of 2020, The Drama Workshop and Hawkes Bay Youth Theatre, a performing arts school for children and young people, was working on several local projects. Rehearsals were underway for three plays with the junior groups and three plays with the seniors. They were working on a Drama New Zealand Drama/Literacy professional development project, with teachers about to start implementing new drama/literacy techniques in their own classrooms. On top of this, ‘Billy Lids’, a creative festival for kids was due to happen on April 24. And then everything started to change.

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