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Atawhai Festival at Te Pou Theatre: 5-11 October 2015

A new festival is seeking to break down stigma around mental health through performance and workshops. The Atawhai Festival coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from October 5 to 11.  The week-long festival will draw together 40 performers, artists and speakers to New Lynn’s Te Pou theatre. Festival creator Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho says he had contacts in both the mental health sector and in performance and thought “why not bring them together”.

“I work with marginalised communities and I see the stigmas that society has of mental distress,” he says,  “but also, the expectations people have of themselves and the unfortunate consequences from feeling that it’s not OK to feel less than 100 per cent.” Tukiwaho has teamed up with the creator of the original re-THiNK festival, Taimi Allan to Reboot the Big re-THiNK on October 6th.

Other events include a workshop from Jack Trolove on how to talk about suicide and mental health through storytelling (Oct 6th), a wellness workshop with motivational speaker James Rakena Robinson (Oct 9th), a performance poetry showcase called Purerehua (Oct 7th) and performances by top national and international actors.

Atawhai takes place at Te Pou theatre
44a Portage Rd, New Lynn from October 5 to 11.

Visit the Atawhai Facebook Page for information about all events.

Go to iTicket.co.nz to book.

Cacophony: Hearing Voices Exhibition 1-11 October 2015

Art and Sound Collide for Mental Health Awareness

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Experience a unique interactive installation, featuring local artists, real stories and experiential soundscapes. Immerse yourself in the sometimes painful but always hopeful journey to recovery.

When: Opens Thursday October 1st 6 PM and runs to Sunday October 11th, 10 am-4:00 PM

Where: The Upstairs Art Gallery, Lopdell House 418 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland

Find out more on Facebook.

National Poetry Day Competitions Calendar Launched

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The countdown to National Poetry Day (28 August) has begun.

There are a bunch of nationwide and regional poetry competitions open for entries now (or in the near future) on the National Poetry Day website.

Entry is free but submission criteria and dates vary.

If you write poetry, visit the 2015 Competitions Calendar to find out more.

The full National Poetry Day calendar of events is due to go live on the 3rd of August with events scheduled to take place across New Zealand on and around the 28th of August 2015.

Five x $10K Media Grants up for Grabs

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 July 2015
Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards mental distress?

Five grants worth up to $10,000 each are now available for three journalism and two creative projects focusing on mental health issues.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media; as well as artists, creative writers, musicians, and performers. Journalism, photojournalism and creative students may also apply.

“A new survey shows New Zealanders are less accepting of mental illness than they are of sexuality and religion, so in 2015 we have up to $50,000 available thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and support from the Like Minds, Like Mine national programme,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says.

Read the full media release here.

The deadline for applications is the 2nd of September 2015.

Read this flyer to find out more.

To receive an application pack or for more information:
Contact Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Co-ordinator
Ph 021 687 426 or email info@mediagrants.org.nz

Toi Ora Performing Arts Group Wins Awards for Short Films

After some years of working their craft the Toi Ora Live Art Trust’s Performing Arts group have come up trumps with two out of their four entries winning awards at the 48th Annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston.

With over 4700 entries and just 15% of entries receiving awards, they entered in the Dark Comedy category and won a Silver Remi Award for “Walter out of the Blue” and a Bronze Remi Award for “Walter Satyricon”

Congratulations to the Performing Arts group for this brilliant success and a big thanks to the support from our tutors Stephen Ure, Mick Innes and Greg Callinan,” says Toi Ora director Erwin van Asbeck, “The team kept working away at their ideas and kept it light with obvious humour and fun. Well done, onwards and upwards, you never know what lies round the corner.”

“Drive” Workshop: 16 June 2015, Auckland

  • Date: Tuesday Jun 16 2015
  • Times: 10am – 11.30am (attendees are invited to arrive in Lounge for networking & morning tea from 9.30am)
  • Venue: The Vault, Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland Central
  • Contact Q Theatre: Phone 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nz
  • More Information: www.qtheatre.co.nz/drive-have-you-had-your-mental-5-day

DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) is giving you the unique opportunity to connect, take notice, keep learning & in turn be pro-active by attending the first DRIVE workshop for 2015.

Vicki Burnett from the Mental Health Foundation, who has been actively promoting mental wealth for the past 20 years, shares her life changing experience of mental distress.

She will also provide a background about the Mental Health Foundation and Like Minds Like Mine as well as an interactive session looking at mental wellbeing, which includes looking at how to incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into your life and artform.

This workshop is a chance to explore possible solutions together. Vicki encourages participants to bring their individual scenarios for discussion or better yet email her your thoughts prior to this session.

Due to limited seating capacity you must register prior to the event. To reserve a place, please call the Box Office on 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nzAlthough there is no charge to attend this event, donations to DANZ are welcome. 

 

Mind and Body Consultants: upcoming workshops

Mind and Body is running some of its most popular workshops across the country, and they thought your networks may be interested in these upcoming professional development opportunities in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ one-day workshop is useful for anyone wanting to gain a broader, destigmatised, understanding of mental ‘illness’. Previous attendees have come from a variety of industries including film, manufacturing, health, professional services, sports, retail, and the arts, and been family/whanau, colleagues, friends and people with personal experience of mental ‘illness’. This workshop sold-out within 3 days of promoting it last time so please don’t wait to book.

The ‘Introduction to Peer Support’ two-day workshop is popular with people who have lived experience of mental ‘illness’ and/or addictions and recovery, who are interested in learning about peer support. Peer support involves using your own experience of mental health challenges and recovery positively, to walk alongside others who are struggling with their mental health. This workshop gives participants a good overview of the topics and subjects covered in the Certificate of Peer Support (Mental Health) NZQA level 4 should you wish to further your studies.

Tickets for these events can be booked via Eventfinda by clicking on this link and selecting the workshop you are interested in.

The full Mind and Body training calendar for 2015 is now available on their website.

Nāku noa, nā
Taimi Allan – Communications – Mental Health Promotion Lead
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (649) 630 5909
Mob: 0224 TAIMI A (82464 2)
Fax: (649) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz
www.rethink.org.nz

Express Yourself, De-Stress Yourself

creative workshops for 17-25 (ish) year olds, Term 2 2015

This group has had an awesome start to the year in a new location – the Campbell Free Kindergarten building in Victoria Park. They have created land art, learned to drum, and are now exploring mindful photography. Along the way thay’ve grown some great connections and had heaps of fun together.

For next term, the group has highlighted some areas they are keen to explore further – dance/circus, craft and sculpture – so that’s what they’re scheduling, with plenty of space for people to choose their own areas of interest.

Please help us spread the word about these workshops to any young people in this age range who you think may benefit from the course. Details are below and on the attached flier:

When: Mondays 1-3 pm, 20 April-29 June (no class Anzac Day or Queen’s Birthday)
Where: Campbell Free Kindergarten, 203-271 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park, Auckland CBD
Cost: FREE
To register or for more info: contact Monica on 022 161 2329, monica@toiora.org.nz

Toi Ora ‘Outsider Art’ Exhibition

Mark your calendars for Toi Ora’s Outsider Art exhibition opening on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city where people can find support for their mental health and well-being.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust provides an array of visual arts, writing, music and recording classes and workshops that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Studio space is available for people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A range of art materials and resources are available. Members are able to explore their creative ideas and potential in this supported environment.

If you would like to know more about Toi Ora click here.

If you would like to see our artists and their work click here.

The ‘Outsider Art’ exhibition will feature art from outside the boundaries of official culture. It will run from 10th March to 30 April at Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

Contact: Faye: faye@toiora.org.nz; or Erwin: erwin@toiora.org.nz
Phone: 09 360 4171

Mind Over Manner Workshop March 10th

Engage Aotearoa brings you an invitation to attend an exclusive two hour role-play workshop with the team from Mind Over Manner.

This specialist workshop focuses on the transition from the summer holidays to the school environment and is designed for parents and professionals in close association with teenagers who think and learn differently.

Details: 7pm-9pm Tuesday 10th of March 2015
TAPAC Theatre, Motions Road, Western Springs
Recommended koha: $30
Contact: sue@mindovermanner.co.nz

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