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In Feb 2014 we will bring 10 stellar Cook Island drummers to Wellington to be a part of The New Zealand Festival 2014 - THE BIG BANG opening event. The twist is that the drummers range in age from 8 to 16 years old and were selected by Murray Hickman of Strike Percussion when he came to Rarotonga to be the very first Creative Artist in Residence run by Motone Productions.  These kids are talented! The opportunity to perform in this production will extend their whole perception on what is possible with the arts and music. The festival can support us once we are in NZ however we need to raise funds to get these performers from Rarotonga to Auckland and then back to Rarotonga. We need approximately $8000.00 to make this happen but we are asking our BOOSTED friends to help us raise $3500.00.

WHAT IS THE BIG BANG.

Wellington welcomes the world at this spectacular opening night event and the Cook Islands will be a part of it. The Big Bangwill star 200 young New Zealanders from Wellington, Christchurch and South Auckland and 8 rising drumming stars from the Cook Islands in a drumming group led by internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble Strike. They'll be taking to the stage in Civic Square alongside hundreds of singers from community choirs across the region and top Kiwi band Kora, who'll bring their own special blend of future-shocked funk, soul and R'n'B to the mix. This will be an explosive night for the whole of Wellington to remember!

HOW DID THE COOK ISLANDS BECOME INVOLVED?

Motone Productions in October 2013 delivered the first Creative Artists Residency for Multi-Disciplinary artists in the Cook Islands.  This project has received core funding from Creative New Zealand, with support from Pacific Resort Aitutaki and Island Car and Bike Hire, Telecom and private supporters.  Have alook at our video clip to see Murray in action with our Kids in the workshops. These are our Kids we want to bring to The New Zealand Festival 2014 event - THE BIG BANG.

The creative residency program was been designed to create collaborative work between the selected artist and our community utilising  the skills of the selected artist to preserve and innovate a Cook Islands Heritage art form while establishing a forum and framework for continued recognition of our heritage art in a contemporary framework. Our goal was to reignite fresh new ways of looking and presenting and producing art.

The residency provided the environment for Murray Hickman of Strike to explore percussion within the Cook Islands community; meeting new people and artists. Motone had discussions with Murray for 10 months to develop a percussion piece utilising Cook Islands Drummers. This work has now become part of The New Zealand Festival 2014 opening ceremony - THE BIG BANG and will be worked on further to become the main piece for the opening of the 2015 Cook Islands Arts festival . This festival will launch the celebrations for the Cook Islands 50 years of independence celebrations. 10 kids have been selected to have the experience of a life time as stars of the BIG BANG and to become leading performers of the future.

Selection of Children:

During the residency Murray worked with a variety of children in Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Showing them his drum compositions and exchanging ideas with them and other master drummers. It soon became clear to Murray that the natural talent shown by these children would mean that he could include them in the event "THE BIG BANG". Murray also began work with Mark Short, Katu Teiti and Maurice Newport for develop how the project could be rehearsed and include Cook Islands beats. Several children came to the workshops but a solid group of 10 became the core to the project ranging in age from 8-16 years old.

Why support the Cook Islands Kids at the BIG BANG?

  1. You will be developing the Creative Industry potential in the Cook Islands and the Pacific.
  2. You will be contributing greatly to the Cook Islands and South Pacific community supporting cultural artistic exchange and diversity in a way that is educational and career building but that will develop new event ideas and plans.
  3. You will help us make this happen!!!!

 

Please make sure you visit:

http://festival.co.nz/the-big-bang/

http://www.motone.biz/blog.html

 

The Big Bang is supported by TV3, the Wellington Regional Amenities Fund and the Friends of the Festival

Motone Productions and Acting UP Creative Collective working together to bring arts opportunities to our community

UPDATES

  • 5 days to go so help us reach our goal!

    45 MONTHS AGO

    First up I want to thank everyone who has donated we are incredibly grateful. 

    Last night we held a Quiz night and had a fantastic turn out. The kids performed and are going from strength to strength. I think the reality of what they are going to do is hitting some of the older ones but they seriously belw the audienc away with master drummers in the crowd telling me they wish they were kids again so they could come!

    So with the countdown on help us get one last push to reach our goal. 

     

    Aslo check out https://www.facebook.com/ActingUp.co.ck fo images of last night

  • 5 days to go so help us reach our goal!

    45 MONTHS AGO

    First up I want to thank everyone who has donated we are incredibly grateful. 

    Last night we held a Quiz night and had a fantastic turn out. The kids performed and are going from strength to strength. I think the reality of what they are going to do is hitting some of the older ones but they seriously belw the audienc away with master drummers in the crowd telling me they wish they were kids again so they could come!

    So with the countdown on help us get one last push to reach our goal. 

     

    Aslo check out https://www.facebook.com/ActingUp.co.ck fo images of last night

  • Another great fundraiser and more of you fantastic supporter on BOOSTED - Meitaki maata

    45 MONTHS AGO

    Saturday - Up at 6am sorting the gear again and off to Wigmores to do another fun run around the island - The rate I am going I am going to be extremely fit! ( yeah who am I kidding) Thank you to all the people who gave generously to these talents kids - we raised another 2K! Every little bit it helps to make sure we are able to give these kids the most incredible educational experiecnce in Wellington. The inclusion in the BIG Bang will see our kids take part in a production on a scale they have never experiecend before but the tour also includes taling them to the Dr Who event and to Deca Dance. We have a private tour of Te Papa's Cook Islands Collection arranged and are hoping tot ake the kids to the Zoo as well. All of this costs so you donations are making it happen.

    With rehearsals every day bar Sunday the team are really working hard but yesterday after the run they all came to ours for a swim considering it was 30degrees and running and drumming in that heat well let's just say we were hot!

    I also want to share with you my huge heart felt thanks! THe kids come from a really diverse range of backgrounds and for some they would never be able to do anything like this by themselves. 

    Much Aroa to you all.

    Another great fundraiser and more of you fantastic supporter on BOOSTED - Meitaki maata
  • WOW what an event

    45 MONTHS AGO

    On Saturday we decked out the bus and drove, ran and walked half of Rarotonga to raise funds here as well as on BOOSTED to get our kids to the New Zealand Festival. Thanks to the kindess and generosity of the community we raised 2.8K which now sees all the airfares paid for! Phew!

    With rehearsals every night and the kids working hard we are really channeling our efforts into making sure we also provide these talented young people with not only a performance experience like no other but a festival experience where we take them to the Dr Who spectacular and to the Israeli dance troupe Deca dance - both productions things that these kids would never get the chance to see. 

    So please pass this link on to all your mates and donate we already have huge aroa for the people who have already given. So please extend it out to your mates and help us reach our goal. 

    WOW what an event
  • Rehearsals in full swing

    46 MONTHS AGO

    After having a great Skype session with Murray Hickman our kids are reheasring every night bar Sunday. We really need your support so please pass this on to everyone to help us reach our target anything you can give $5.00 upwards and waht you give is hugely appreciated so please pass this on to all you know and let's make this happen. 

    The event will be so incredible with multi stages and our 10 kids right there in the thick of it. What an experience!. We are included in several major pieces and even though the task is daunting to them - it is one that they are grabbing with all their hearts. 

  • Liquid sunshine stopped out fundraiser run but we are on for next week

    46 MONTHS AGO

    With Cyclone Ian hitting our friends and family in Tonga who we are sending our prayers and support too, Saturday saw a bit of rain on Rarotonga so we had to postpone our run to next Saturday.

    But to show you more on what our kids have been up too here is a little clip that a friend of ours filmed from our New Years Day fundraiser - Enjoy. 

    http://www.rarolens.com/2014/01/new-year-beach-concert-on-rarotonga.html

    Please let your friends and family know about our project. Your support is awesome and we love yas!

    Meitaki maata 

     

  • Yeah the ball is rolling~!

    46 MONTHS AGO

    Meitaki maata Kaivai Andrews you are our first BOOST.

    So you all know on New Years Day we held a fundraiser with local musicians perfroming on the beach. Our kids perfromed Little Sea Gongs and just stole the show! We raised $1800.00 at that event - So big thanks to all the people who came along.

    Yeah the ball is rolling~!