Arts on Sunday

Sunday 11 November 2012, with Lynn Freeman, Simon Morris & Sonia Sly

Standing Room Only has taken over from Arts On Sunday – it has the same team of presenter Lynn Freeman, producer Simon Morris and journalists Justin Gregory and Sonia Sly.

Listener favourites At The Movies and The Laugh Track aren’t going anywhere either. There will though be some new ideas, a broader range of stores and more music, as selected by Simon (of Matinee Idle fame).

Show notes

12:40 The renovated National Library

A behind the scenes tour of the renovated National Library – a previously leaky home to New Zealand's precious documents. Taxpayers have put in around $65 million for the refit…what do we get for our investment. Lynn gets a guided tour of the refurbished 1980s building ahead of its grand reopening, with National Librarian Bill McNaught.

1:10 At The Movies

Argo tells the unbelievably true story of a CIA plan to smuggle hostages out of Iran under the guise of a fake movie.

1:32 More public art in Christchurch

It's a monumental weekend in Christchurch with the unveiling of Joanna Langford's giant airborne city sculpture and the start of the Art Beat Initiative of live performances at the popular Restart Mall in the CBD. We hear all about it from Deborah McCormick and Lucy Matthews.

Scape: Public Art

Joanna Langford
Joanna Langford, 'The High Country', Corner Montreal and Kilmore Streets. Photo: Bridgit Anderson.

Fatu Feu u cover edited small1:41 Artist Fatu Feu'u

A conversation with one of this country's most influential early Pacific Island Painters, Fatu Feu'u, who came to New Zealand from Samoa in the 1960s. He was taken under the wing of artists like Tony Fomison who helped him forge his career as a paint, sculptor and medallion maker. Fatu has told his life story to his friend Shona Jennings for a new book published by Little Island.

1:55 Ann Hunt reviews the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new-look Giselle which is touring the country

2:05 The Laugh Track

The very busy Barnaby Weir of The Black Seeds and Fly My Pretties fame, with the former band just picking up a gong at the New Zealand Music Awards.

Barnaby Weir
Barnaby Weir.

2:26 South African theatre company Isango

The Isango Ensemble has captured world attention for giving western theatre classics an African twist. But while they are in demand at festivals and concert halls around the world, they're struggling to get an audience at home or any government funding. Frank Kronenberg explains why they'd love to come to New Zealand.

Pauline Malefane and angels
The Isango Ensemble.

2:35 Chapter & Verse

Poet Ashleigh Young whose collection is called Magnificent Moon... and novelist John Sinclair who sets his story about a violin prodigy in 20th century China in The Phoenix Song. Both are Victoria University Press publications.

Ashleigh Young and John Sinclair

2:53 The Semi-Permanent Design conference

Wellington's first crack at hosting the Semi-Permanent Design conference, a meeting of local and international creative minds. It's a concept that started in New Zealand and is now being held around the world. Founder and director Simon Velvin reveals the line up.

3:05 The Drama Hour

The disturbing true tale of a man who dared to take a stand against his country's blasphemy laws.

Audio

Audio from Sunday 11 November 2012

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • The renovated National Library ( 16′ 33″ )

    12:40 A behind the scenes tour of the renovated National Library - a previously leaky home to New Zealand's precious documents. Taxpayers have put in around 65-million dollars for the refit… what do we get for our investment. Lynn gets a guided tour of the refurbished 1980s building ahead of its grand reopening, with National Librarian Bill McNaught.

  • More public art in Christchurch ( 9′ 42″ )

    13:32 It's a monumental weekend in Christchurch with the unveiling of Joanna Langford's giant airborne city sculpture and the start of the Art Beat Initiative of live performances at the popular Restart Mall in the CBD. We hear all about it from Deborah McCormick and Lucy Matthews.

  • Artist Fatu Feu'u ( 25′ 39″ )

    13:41 A conversation with one of this country's most influential early Pacific Island Painters, Fatu Feu'u, who came to New Zealand from Samoa in the 1960s. He was taken under the wing of artists like Tony Fomison who helped him forge his career as a paint, sculptor and medallion maker. Fatu has told his life story to his friend Shona Jennings for a new book published by Little Island.

  • Giselle review ( 4′ 41″ )

    13:55 Ann Hunt reviews the Royal New Zealand Ballet's new-look Giselle, which is touring the country.

  • South African theatre company Isango ( 18′ 21″ )

    14:26 The Isango Ensemble has captured world attention for giving western theatre classics an African twist. But while they are in demand at festivals and concert halls around the world, they're struggling to get an audience at home or any government funding. Frank Kronenberg explains why they'd love to come to New Zealand.

  • Chapter & Verse ( 9′ 20″ )

    14:35 Poet Ashleigh Young whose collection is called Magnificent Moon... and novelist John Sinclair who sets his story about a violin prodigy in 20th century China in The Phoenix Song. Both are Victoria University Press publications.