RESET Festival is preparing to give the region a much-needed breath of fresh cultural air when it returns at the end of the year.
For 30 years, the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust(TAFT) has been brave in presenting festivals continuously in times of uncertainty.
With the launch of RESET Festival, featuring 18 individual shows, 81 artists across 33 events, including performances in Eltham, Pihama, Waitara, and Stratford, Taranaki is proving the powerful contribution that arts can make for a communities wellbeing and ensuring that the region is more alive with arts than. Even in the face of a pandemic.
RESET Festival will take place from 4-14 November 2021, giving audiences a platform to experience high-quality performances and support the arts locally and across Aotearoa, celebrating the talent we have within our country.
“2020 and our ongoing challenge of adapting to life with a pandemic have shown us that the arts matter, now more than ever,” says Megan Brown, Taranaki Arts Festival’s Artistic Director. Brown was appointed to the role early this year and has dived straight into programming for one of the longest-running arts festivals in the country.
“Research shows that the arts help us explore and build our sense of identity and grow our connections with other New Zealanders. This year’s RESET Festival is an invitation to build on connections within our community, sharing the experience with neighbours, friends, family, and strangers when the levels allow.” Brown says.
RESET Festival will inspire and entertain. The programme has something for everyone, from the first audio-described theatre production in Taranaki to free events and even a show specifically made for babies and families.
Award-winning Country Music singer Tami Neilson, who grew up worked alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells, will perform her show The F Word – Songs of Feminism in Country Music in the TSB Theatre. In early August, tickets went on early sale and have continued to be snapped up by festival-goers looking forward to the musical concert experience.
Other festival highlights include Subtle Dances, an exciting collaboration between the newly formed BalletCollective Aotearoa and the incredible NZTrio, created by some of New Zealand’s most exciting choreographers, including London-based, New Plymouth born Cameron McMillan.
Returning to RESET in 2021 is Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore. Two Hearts: We’re Pregnant and the Baby is Music is the hilarious musical sequel to the infamous World Tour show of 2020.
The very flirty cast of faux-French performers, A Slightly Isolated Dog, is also returning to Taranaki with the third instalment in the trilogy of their very sexy works: THE TROJAN WAR!
Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Managing Director Daimon Stewart feels that the Festival will be just what Taranaki needs to celebrate at the end of the year. “With the challenges of the last couple of years, we feel it’s vital for people to be able to let their hair down and escape from the day to day – and the arts are a great way to do that! So, we’re more than proud to be the platinum sponsor of TAFT and the RESET festival again this year. I encourage everyone to attend at least one show, support the arts and enjoy some time out.” he says.
Like other festivals and events around the country, TAFT is optimistic that lockdown won’t damper the region’s spirit or suppress appetites for arts and entertainment.
“We are again being brave, bold and planning to present RESET even with our current challenges regarding Covid. We are hopeful all will be well by November, and you can once again enjoy the diverse lineup that makes up Reset,” says TAFT CEO Suzanne Porter.
Tickets are now on sale for RESET Festival www.resetfest.co.nz