SOUTHSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL (2013): We fly in the face of fashion

 |   |  2 min read

SOUTHSIDE ARTS FESTIVAL (2013): We fly in the face of fashion

The annual Southside Arts Festival shines the spotlight on the arts, culture and communities of South Auckland where the population is predominantly Polynesian and Maori.

This year's festival which runs from tomorrow (October 17) to November 3 takes place in various venues and features everything from hip-hop and graffiti to  art exhibitions, dance and design, drama and  "the best of Polywood" film festival (in the Auckland City Art Gallery, Saturday Nov 2, 6.30pm).

There is also the launch of the book Afakasi Speaks by spoken word artist Grace Taylor (Fresh Gallery, Otara, Saturday Nov 2, 7pm) which will be a showcase of spoken word, poetry and dance. The book has been edited by Selina Tusitala Marsh and features artwork by emerging Pacific artists Reina Sutton, Jahra and leyna Martinez.

For the full programme go to www.southside.org.nz  and check the extensive event calendar.

Meantime though, Elsewhere is pleased to able to shine its own light on the Cult Couture fashion event which looks at the future of haute couture with a Pasifika perspective. This year the event will be judged by the Herald's Canvas fashion editor Dan Ahwa, curator at the New ZEaland Fashion Museum Doris de Pont and designer Adrian Hailwood.

The event -- Genesis Energy Theatre, Satruday Nov 2, 8pm -- will feature performances by Iva Lamkum, Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle, Rachel Fraser from Funkommunity and DJ Manuel BUndy, with dance by Ura Tabu.

Obviously we cannot show you the works which are going to be on the catwalk but we can give you a hint of the kind of thing you may expect by offering some of last year's fashions.

It is all rather striking, beautiful . . . and (mostly) wearable.

38_238777

38_23872938_238842

38_238450

38_23845338_238472

38_23852838_238554

38_238627

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Cultural articles index

JOHN PSATHAS INTERVIEWED (2000): Rattle of a complex man

JOHN PSATHAS INTERVIEWED (2000): Rattle of a complex man

After John Psathas won best classical album of 1999 at the New Zealand Music Awards in March, nothing happened. No arts writers called wanting to profile this prolific composer, sales of the... > Read more

PATRICIA PICCININI CONSIDERED (2014): Empathy and the art of the heart

PATRICIA PICCININI CONSIDERED (2014): Empathy and the art of the heart

The most common defense of intellectually bankrupt or emotionally empty contemporary art is that it “invites the viewer to ask questions”. This is reflexive curator-speak... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Annie Ross: Twisted (1952)

Annie Ross: Twisted (1952)

Annie Ross -- who at the time of this writing is still alive and 82 -- had an extraordinary career for a kid born Annabelle Short into a family of vaudevillians in London. When she was four, the... > Read more

The Baboons: Spanglish (Global Gumbo)

The Baboons: Spanglish (Global Gumbo)

In a cover designed to catch attention, this Miami band fronted by husband and wife Mano and Majica Pila toss a stylistic salad together almost as if they hope something is to your taste. So... > Read more