October Tuatara Open Late


The Balkanistas will perform a 'big sound' in response to The Refusal of Time

Media Release: September, 2014. 

City Gallery’s Tuatara Open Late take place on the first Thursday of every month with a changing programme of after-dark events, cash bar, supper treats and all galleries open until 10pm.

This October, City Gallery’s Open Late line-up is inspired by the sound of William Kentridge’s mesmerising work The Refusal of Time and his home, South Africa. Events include a special screening of the contemporary music documentary Future Sounds of Mzansi, from South African rapper, Spoek Mathambo; a special DJ set exploring the diverse  styles of African music; and the magnificent 22-piece band, the Balkanistas, who will be performing their ‘big sound’ live.

Timetable of events:

5.30pm, CIRCUIT CAST live! Join host Mark Amery with guests Thomasin Sleigh and Martin Patrick in the auditorium for a live recording of New Zealand's only fine art podcast CIRCUIT CAST. Be part of a live studio audience as the CIRCUIT panel critically appraise William Kentridge's The Refusal of Time. www.circuit.org.nz/podcast

6.30pm, Spoek Mathambo's  documentary film Future Sound of Mzansi addresses the changing cultural landscape of South Africa through its electronic-music scene. Directors Lebogang Rasethaba and rapper Spoek Mathambo travelled around South Africa to explore and capture the rich electronic music scene and the strong movement of producers, instrumentalists, vocalists and party goers.

It features an exciting range of emerging electronic music artists from various SA cities including Aero Manyelo; Black Coffee; Christian Tiger School; Felix Laband; John Wizards; Krushed & Sorted; Machepies and many more. (Please note: this is a “work in progress” cut of the film).

5 - 8.30pm, DJ B.Lo is playing a special set 'It Began in Africa', exploring both contemporary and historical African music forms and movements. The set will showcase the tremendous innovation and creativity in African music genres, drawing upon the African continent's rich musical pedigree, from Ethiopian jazz and Nigerian afro-funk through to modern sounds from Mali and Spoek Mathambo’s own South Africa. 

8.30pm, taking centre stage, the headline act the Balkanistas. This exuberant mob has morphed into one of New Zealand’s favourite bands. Evoking musical mania wherever they go, the 22-piece group of percussion, brass, winds, strings, vocals and accordions will play a 'big sound' in response to the soundscape of William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time.

Seresin wine, Tuatara beer and Six Barrel soda available for purchase along with tasty treats from our friends at The Fire Truck. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Tuatara Open Late: Thursday 2October, 5 – 10pm at City Gallery Wellington | Koha

Media enquiries: Olivia Lacey | Olivia.lacey@wmt.org.nz | Ph: 04 801 4258, 021 022 40312

22-piece band, The Balkanistas performing live