Are you a mammal? Will you be in Edinburgh during the fringe? Curious about joining the pod for a weekend? Awesome! Find out more here.
Joel illustrates a core concept in rehearsal.
We're heading to Arts Festival Dunedin and we're looking for volunteer performers to perform with us as whales in Dunedin’s Octagon on Saturday 1 October, 1pm (wet weather alternative Sunday 2 October)
Being a Binge Culture whale means swimming majestically through the streets, believing you are the largest animal ever to have lived on planet Earth, communicating with your pod through your whale song, flapping your fins against the water, rolling on your back and gurgling in the sun, and stranding and being saved by friendly humans. Being a whale is a wonderful experience. You will strand near the sea and the public will be invited to care for you, placing wet towels on your backs and singing to you, then eventually holding hands and guiding you to safety.
Whales has been staged six times throughout New Zealand. Check out the details here.
Whales is a community event, and always our performers have been volunteers. We really hope you’d like to get on board and join us for this upcoming show!
Show and Rehearsal Details/Requirements
Whales is HEAPS of fun with hardly any time commitment needed - the perfect performance experience :)
2 hours of rehearsal and costume fitting, in which you are fitted into a wetsuit and plastic fins, and trained in how to move and strand as a whale pod. Saturday morning 10am-12pm
-1 hour break and pre-performance preparation: 12pm-1pm
-1 hour street performance 1-2pm
Please contact email@example.com with the following information
1. Are you happy to perform as a beached whale and lie on the ground in the Octagon with people pouring water on your back?
2. Do you have your own wetsuit? If not, please provide your size.
3. Your contact email and phone number
4. Are you over 16? If not, you are welcome to perform with us, but let us know how old you are and we ask that you have an adult caregiver who is responsible for keeping an eye on you during the show
Scratch Nacht is on this Saturday ON A BOAT. Scratch Nachts are unique Wellington arts events where artists & audiences come together to perform and participate in raw & renegade arts experiments
Slow Lane kicks off next Monday on Lambton Quay, 12.30-1.30. Come along and take it slow, you might like it.
Enter the New World has launched, there's a cool review here. Its our audio adventure for supermarkets.
Dear Vibrant Gems of our Creative Community,
Scratch Nacht is joining forces with NZ Fringe Festival to bring you not one but TWO Scratch Nacht's - meow! We are creating unique spaces for your wonderful old off-cuts and bright new dreams to see the light of day - err dark of night - during Fringe. Our Fringe event last year was a huge success with over 150 guests, 20 acts, 3 live bands and 2 noise complaints - so don’t miss out on our next wild nacht! We're open to any and all performances, so feel free to spread the word wide and far!
Voice your excitement and deep interest or mild curiosity and half baked ideas by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea and preferred date (do it soon and definitely before Wed 10 Feb). Please don't hit reply on this thread we don't all need to know that you're interested, lets keep the mystery alive.
Common and awesome FAQ's:
Where is it? Venues are secret for now. Each venue will have a Main Stage and smaller rooms, corridors, nooks and crannies for installations, roaming characters etc. (Ask for more info if you require specific specs).
What time is it? The two separate events will consist of a Scratch Noon from 4ish - 10ish (followed by an after party) and a Scratch Nacht from 7ish - late. Details are still being confirmed but we will let you know ASAP.
What is a Scratch Nacht? It's a Scratch Night that is off-the-chain. A celebratory night where performance and art fills a whole building until it explodes into a dance party.
What is a Scratch Night? Scratch Nights are highly successful form that exist as spaces where artists are invited to contribute short works that set explorations into strange new performance territory. Designed to give artists the opportunity to test out their riskier ideas free from the 'bottom line' of a traditional performance venture, you, the artist are free to perform the most bold, bizarre and daring works presentable.
What should I do? Read the pretty blue thing below for ideas.
How do I find people to make work with? Scratch Nacht are passionate about fostering collaborative and multidisciplinary work, so please let us know if you would like help finding collaborators or if you would like an introduction to that artist crush you've been harbouring.
How can I get involved without performing? Contact us, tell us what you like doing. We have plenty of jobs that need done, especially on the event day.
How do I get in touch? Contact us by sending a separate email before Wed 10 Feb to register interest. If you are unsure about your idea you are better to contact us sooner rather than later. This way we can talk out the idea and figure out how to make it work.
We can't wait for your ideas,
Do you have 15 odd hours a week free this summer? Want to learn about creating a sustainable career in the arts from the people who have already made all the mistakes. Do you have a burning desire to work in close proximity to Joel Baxendale and Fiona McNamara?
Then you may be interested in applying for one of Binge Culture's two Summer Internship positions.
We are seeking two enthusiastic go-getters to assist us in wrangling the kaleidoscopic octopus that is Binge Culture during one of our busiest times of the year. This will involve assisting Binge Culture to manage the various branches of their work, as well as being responsible for specific roles on individual Fringe projects.
Email email@example.com for a full job description and how to apply.
This Saturday, Joel is leading one of three alternative tours at the City Gallery in the witching hour of the weekend. The event is presented by NZ Festival's Culture Club. The other hosts are Pip Adam and Aaron Lister. Should be a fun time! Find out more in this podcast.
If you enjoy things like Litcrawl, enjoy alternative takes on art, and would like come along, you can book here.
Here are some photos from Sunday's performances, which we made in collaboration with Nature Through Arts Collective. We had a great time working with young people, exploring the natural world, and putting wetas on our faces (Fiona, you crazy person). Rain couldn't stop the gaggles of children from having a rollicking adventure all over the hills of Prince of Wale Park.
Big shoutout to Leda Farrow for resurrecting the moa. And to Jen McArthur for really getting inside her character.
Here's a bit about the project from their website:
A pilot project in partnership with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO is our latest venture. Picking up the creative challenge posed by Richard Louv – the world’s leading author on children’s disconnect from the natural world – the project aims to support young people to join with others in their neighbourhoods to create and lead movements to bring nature back to backyards.
You can visit their website here
ALL NEWS NO FILLER