What’s happening in Tauranga – November 2015

tauranga-arts-festivalI am LOVING the Tauranga Arts Festival.
Went on a group date to the Crystal Palace and experienced “Pass the Gat” – everyone look out for Louis Baker’s soon to be released song ‘Rainbow’.
When men are soft and strong like those three men last night, I feel alive.
I found myself wishing my son grows up with some of their mana and soul.

Anyway, what’s on in our beautiful Bay of Plenty.

22 Oct – 1 Nov: ARTS – Tauranga Arts Festival. As of today you have 5 more days of this life changing festival. GO get uplifted, transformed, inspired and plain old happy by seeing some art, listening to some writers, experiencing live music in the spiegeltent, watching dance and theatre, and doing selfies in The

7.30pm – 9pm Thursdays 29 October – 3 December: MINDFULNESS. Mindfulness for Well-being 6 week course led by Tash Rix from Mindful Living. How can we slow down and be present in the midst of our everyday working and parenting lives, which are so often busy and demanding? This very popular course provides participants with a solid foundation in what mindfulness is, with practical instruction on how to integrate it into our daily lives. There is plenty of time in each class to receive instruction, ask questions, and practice meditation as part of a group in a straight-forward way. This in-depth course is suitable for everyone, including practitioners in health and education settings, parents, people experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, people with pain or illness, and those who are interested in their well-being and would like to learn how to calm the mind and body, and live more fully in the present moment.  Cost $240 Venue: Club Mt Maunganui, 45 Kawaka St. Spaces on this popular course are limited.

6.30pm – 9pm Thursdays: SINGING. Mauao Contemporary Choir. Come one come all. You may have seen these guys recently in The Dawn Chorus with Ria Hall to open Tauranga Arts Festival. They sing ‘current’ music. A real mix or soulful, to pop, to world. Emily Macklow (the teacher) is friendly, relaxed, kind and has the biggest smile permanently on her face. She is a musical whizz, plays many instruments, has perfect pitch and teaches people who either do or don’t read music. Don’t worry if you’re a little late ‘to class’. There are men and women, all with varying degrees of wrinkles from none to some. Casual $10. Venue: 11 Totara St, Mt Maunganui

7pm – 9.30pm Thursday 29 October  and Saturday 31 October: FILM – The 2015 NZ Mountain Film Festival Cost $20 and are available online at: www.mountainfilmfestival-tauranga.nz Venue: Toi I Tauranga Art Gallery

7.30pm-1am Friday 30 October: MUSIC – Opening Sequence at Totara Street. For the past five years Mauao PAC has been operating its Music and Arts Academy in Mt Maunganui. Mauao PAC and the newly renovated events room which will be branded as “Totara St” from 30th October onwards has been established to provide somewhat of an Arts Hub to the greater Bay of Plenty region with the purpose of inspiring and harnessing emerging talent from around the area. We will be holding an official opening event named “The Opening Sequence”. Set to take the stage we have Sola Rosa Live, Tiki Taane, AliceSea and Brutus Powers. This will be an action packed R18 event with a high standard of dress required. Bookings: Ph: 0800 BUY TIX (289 849) Cost: $40. Venue: 11, Totara Street, Mt Maunganui

7tauranga fire and drumspm-10pm Friday 30 October: MUSIC/FIRE – October Full Moon Fire and Drums with Tauranga Fire and Drums. Hey all! It’s that time again for a fire and drums gathering! We will still meet although it is light and can practice/swap skills together. Please respect the finish time of 10pm, as sound carries a long way and we’re in a residential area. Bring your fire toys, glow toys, blankets, kai, drums, percussion instruments, or any other instruments and toys you may have, as well as your wonderful selves, friends and family (and children are welcome)… Koha is very much appreciated for fire fuel and gear to keep these nights going…NOTE FOR EVENT: We have had to become a closed group. Become a member of Tauranga fire and drums, and you will be able to access the event.Venue: Mount Drury, Mount Maunganui (Marine Parade /beach side),

satsang with erin. october 20157.30pm-9.30pm Saturday 31 October: PHILOSOPHY – Satsang with Erin. Kindness is a state of being and it is a way of interacting with our fellow humans. It is a way that heals and allows others to blossom and reveal who they are. In kindness there is no protection. In kindness there is so grasping. There is only the power of simple beauty. It takes courage to reveal and stay in kindness. Come join us as we dive deep into the presence of kindness. Satsang is to make you empty again. Only in emptiness are you relieved from your suffering. Only from here is your seeing panoramic. And it is not a practice. All that has to happen is that you are stripped of all concepts. Then you don’t have to be convinced by anyone that you are the emptiness. You will be convinced naturally. Spontaneously. It is just the outcome of true seeing. Koha. WHAT TO BRING: a pillow to sit on. RSVP: Anne 021 475 705 Venue: 8b Riverton Rd, Mt Maunganui

diwali tauranga 201511am – 2pm and 4-9pm Saturday 7 November. FESTIVAL / CULTURE – Diwali. Tauranga CBD will be taken over by all things bright as the popular Diwali Festival of Lights comes to the Bay for the first time. The inaugural event is one of the main festivals held in the Indian culture and will take over Wharf St. The event aims to reflect the rich Indian heritage in the Western Bay of Plenty and will feature performances from local groups and others invited from Auckland and Rotorua. Food stalls and entertainment will line the street and the festival is expected to finish with a bang with a fireworks display.Venue: A main stage for the event will be set up in the space between the Tauranga Art Gallery and Creative Tauranga.

7.30pm Sunday 1 – Sunday 8 November: NATURE – Mauao Area Wildlife Trust will host night time tours of Mauao to showcase the amazing native wildlife that lives there (including penguins, grey-faced petrels, moreporks and shags). You will also learn how predator control keeps Mauao free of the pests that kill wildlife. Rock pools may also be investigated – tides and weather permitting. When: Sun 1 Nov, Tues 3 Nov, Thurs 5 Nov, Fri 6 Nov, Sun 8 Nov. Suggested $10 adult / $5 child. Booking: Ph: +64 21 719 622 Venue: Tours start at Mount Surf Club Room, 21 Adams Ave. Mt Maunganui.

7pm Tuesday 4 November: FILM – Tauranga Monthly Film Nights. CHASING ICE – the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing climate.

In 2005 acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog took on a National Geographic assignment to travel to the Arctic to capture images of receding glaciers. James was somewhat sceptical about climate change; this trip changed his mind and within months he had conceived the Extreme Ice Survey; James and his team deployed time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the glaciers in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice is the result of that survey. The Huffington Post described the film as “One of the most beautiful and important films ever made”, whilst the Financial Times called it “A project of heroic, Herzogian endeavour. Mad, you might say. But probably not as mad as what the rest of us are doing about climate change: namely almost nothing.”

The screening will be followed by guest speakers Michelle Elborn, Tauranga Carbon Reduction Group; Margaret Mollison, People’s Climate March; and Simon Boxer, Climate Campaign Team Leader, Greenpeace NZ (via Skype link). This be followed by audience discussion and light refreshments. Entry $8.00 cash only at door includes refreshments. To assist with catering and seating, we’d appreciate RSVPs to rlopert@xtra.co.nz! Venue: Wesley Centre, 100 Thirteenth Avenue.

View trailer at https://youtu.be/eIZTMVNBjc4

Friday 6 November: FOOD/MARKETS – Dinner in the Domain. A food market with a difference, Dinner in the Domain is the newest food experience to hit the Bay of Plenty this summer. A selection of only the best food trucks coupled with top local chefs performing live food demonstrations each week is promising to get people salivating amongst the picturesque backdrop of The Papamoa Domain. Not only will the food element promise to deliver, but we’ll also have a licensed area so you can wash down your taco’s or paella with a glass of locally brewed craft beer from Mount Brewing Co, and with our resident DJ, Tim from Sophistafunk banging out the tunes from funk to dub you’ll know that you’ve just had an epic experience. Dinner in the Domain launches on the 6th of November and will be operating every Thursday until the 26th of March. Running from 5.30pm through ’til 9.00pm. Venue: Victoria Park Markets, Auckland

DEMO-CALENDAR9am-2pm Saturday 7 November: MARKETS – Little Big Markets (Victoria Park Markets, AUCKLAND). Auckland’s legendary outdoor market is set to make a return on the 7th of November, the vibrant and original Auckland artisan market will be selling original crafts with a focus on locally produced products as well as authentic local goods from around the world. Set throughout the historic complex, you’ll find limited edition pieces ranging from jewellery, fashion and accessories to homeware, ceramics, prints and more. Adopting the same mantra as The Little Big Markets with regards to bringing communities together, VPM will be providing a platform for designers, artists, artisans and foodies to showcase their talents whilst creating a place for civil engagement, so come and check it out – become part of a new chapter in it’s history. Venue: The Domain, Papamoa

5pm Sunday 8 November: MUSIC – Hausmusik NZ – Imported from Italy performs mainly baroque music on original instruments and brings together various instrumentalists and singers to permit performance of music in a wide variety of formations. Repertoire includes instrumental sonatas, trios, quartets and quintets, vocal arias with or without instrumental obbligatos, as well as concertos for various instruments accompanied by small string ensembles and small scale choral works such as Bach cantatas. Audience interaction with the musicians is encouraged as well as education about the music being performed. Tickets Phone: 578-7933. Cost $20-$15. Venue: Toi I Tauranga Art Gallery

4.30pm Saturday 14 November: MUSIC – Baby Jazz. Come and enjoy the talent of some of Tauranga’s future jazz stars. Baby Jazz, a one-off concert will see the city’s top youth talent playing their tunes.A dozen 8 – 14 year old musical talents will be backed by the Baby Jazz Band, hand-picked musicians under the guidance of Carol Storey with Andrea Meredith on piano/keyboard, Wayne Melville on bass, and Jeff Baker on drums. Cost $15 – $5. Venue: Venue: Toi I Tauranga Art Gallery

6pm Saturday 14 November: FILM – Night Owl Cinema screens E.T. Film is screened once it’s dark. Venue: Mt Drury / Hopukiore, Mt Maunganui.

8pm Saturday 21 November: MUSIC – An evening with Hollie Smith with support from Phil and Tilley. One-off intimate show on with Hollie Smith who has toured internationally with her music and has worked with other artists including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Trinity Roots, and Recloose. Hollie will be supported on the night by acoustic folk duo Phil and Tilley, originally from the UK and now based in Waihi Beach.

Phil and Tilley play a blend of alternative acoustic/folk music, with influences from artists such as Xavier Rudd, Ben Harper and John Martyn. They are a young soulful duo with a double bass, playing a great mix of tunes with a twist.

Bookings: Ph (07) 578 79 33 Cost $45 – $37.50 Venue: Toi I Tauranga Art Gallery

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