26 January 2015
Sister act to bring in the 2015 Chinese New Year Festival in partnership with the NZ Fringe Festival
A newly formed partnership between the Chinese New Year Festival and NZ Fringe Festival provides the platform for sisters Renee and Roseanne Liang to welcome in the Year of the Sheep.
The Chinese New Year Festival has partnered with the New Zealand Fringe Festival for the first time, and this will give these artsy New Zealand Chinese born sisters the opportunity to shine amongst their community.
The comic taste of these talented NZ born sisters in scripting where Chinese and western norms collide, feature in Under the Same Moon and My Wedding and Other Secrets. As part of the collaboration of festivals, older sister Renee will premiere her play Under the Same Moon as part of the NZ Fringe Festival at BATS Theatre while director sister, Roseanne will screen her film My Wedding and Other Secrets as part of the Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Chinese New Year Film Festival.
“Collaborating with the Fringe is such a great opportunity to provide a platform for such local Chinese talents such as the Liang sisters.” says Linda Lim Programme Director for the Chinese New Year Festival.
“Chinese New Year is a time for family and reunions and we are thrilled to be able to showcase the work of Renee and Roseanne in our Festival this year”, says Lim.
Audience members will have the opportunity to meet Renee and cast members at the BATS bar after each performance and have a chat over a pot of Chinese tea.
Renee says, ‘it’s a wonderful chance to connect with the local community and get everyone chatting’. She will also be running a writing workshop in the Asian Market on Festival Day, Sunday 15 February.
‘I hope that this free workshop funded by Wellington City Council will encourage and help people to tell their own stories,’ says Renee.
There are several Chinese events showcasing under the NZ Fringe Festival this year. The New Clothes for the New Year event in its 11th year will run for the first time under the collaborative umbrella of the two events. The Shaanxi Little Plum Blossom Qinqiang Opera Arts Group from Xian in China will bring their first and only show to the TSB Bank Arena stage. This is made possible via the signing of the MOU between WCC and the Ministry of Culture in Beijing and reinforces the strong relationship between the two capital cities and the importance that both parties place on the value of the Festival.
“Inclusion of these three shows in the Fringe programme will expose regular festival goers to the rich and interesting Chinese culture. There is an excellent mix of westernised Chinese culture in there that will appeal to wider audiences; fashion, music, film and theatre.” Says Lim.
For further information please contact:
Programme Director – Chinese New Year Festival
Asian Events Trust
Phone: +64 27 4324269