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Going West - Opening Night


Fri 6 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $55.00
  • Concession: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: robynjordaan1

Celebrate the launch of the Going West Writers Weekend with Curnow Reader Apirana Taylor, Sir Graeme Douglas Orator Elizabeth Knox, and a breathtaking performance by The Bellbirds.

Apirana Taylor: The Curnow Reader

Every year, in honour of Allen Curnow, a generous friend of the festival, Going West invites an established New Zealand poet to read. Curnow once wrote that by ‘simply sailing in a new direction you could enlarge the world’; and this year we invite Apirana Taylor ( Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Pākehā) to respond to our theme Cutting Through.

Elizabeth Knox: The Sir Graeme Douglas Orator

The keynote address of our opening night is named in honour of the late Sir Graeme Douglas, a long-time supporter of the Going West Festival, and whose family and estate continue that tradition in 2019. Every year, we invite a writer of note to engage with the festival theme on their own terms and in their own words. This year our Orator is Elizabeth Knox an award-winning New Zealand writer and author of twelve novels, three novellas, and a book of essays.

The Bellbirds
The Bellbirds formed in 2009. The band consists of four of Auckland's best and most loved voices and extraordinary songsmiths: Sandy Mill, vocals and percussion; Victoria Kelly, vocals and piano organ; Don McGlashan, vocals, guitar, various instruments; and Sean Donnelly (aka SJD), vocals, guitar and bass. With so much musical talent on one stage, this is an auditory treat you do not want to miss.

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