October 30, 2012


Details have been announced for the 15th New Zealand Performing Arts Market – this exciting industry event is returning to THE EDGE in Auckland, from 6-8 March 2013. Registrations are now open for artists, producers, non-presenting delegates (closing 14 November 2012). Registrations for festivals and venues will be announced soon.

The New Zealand Performing Arts Market is hosted once yearly by PANNZ (the Performing Arts Network of New Zealand) and provides a unique opportunity for presenters, venues and festivals to connect with artists, creators and producers.

The Market has extended to three days in 2013 to allow for more networking opportunities for attendees, professional development sessions and to allow more time for other industry events to take place around the Market. A full schedule of activity will be released in December.

The Market is New Zealand’s sole marketplace for the promotion of professional tour-ready dance, theatre and music productions. As well as a launching pad for finished works, it is an essential forum for building relationships, partnerships, and sharing seedling ideas that then develop into our shows of the future.

Attended by festival directors, venue managers, artists, producers and industry stakeholders, the Market is also a key opportunity for individuals and companies working in performing arts across Aotearoa to discuss and debate the issues facing our industry, and to build capacity within the sector.

Market Coordinator Mark Westerby says the Market has been growing steadily since it began in 1999 and that again last years Market at the Wharewaka in Wellington drew record numbers. This year’s Market offers a professional but relaxed environment to introduce your company/production to potential partners and presenters. It is timed to coincide in Auckland with both the Auckland Festival and the Auckland Fringe Festival.

Programme highlights of the Market include:

Pitch Sessions, in which Artist/Producers have 10 minutes to profile their work (with audiovisual support) to an audience of festivals and venues. This is a curated programme of tour-ready work decided by selection panel.

Breakfast of Bright Ideas, providing an opportunity for artists to introduce a new concept or work in development to a wider group in a 2 minute elevator-style pitch. Presenters may identify projects to champion in future, or just enjoy a fun and creative start to their day.

The Exhibition Space, which creates the opportunity for artists/producers and industry organisations to showcase themselves at display booths. Market catering is served in the Exhibition space, ensuring high visibility and foot traffic through this area.

Breakout Sessions, a programme to share knowledge, diversify skills and build capability of the sector. This will include sector meetings, panel or keynote discussions on key industry issues.

The New Zealand Performing Arts Market is happening in 2013 with the generous continued support of Creative New Zealand.

For more information, to register, or to pitch your work, go to www.pannz.org.nz.

PANNZ is also now on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/pannz.org.nz to keep up to date on the Market and other industry events.

Or contact the PANNZ Co-ordinator: 
Mark Westerby
Market Co-ordinator
PO Box 6513
Marion Square
Wellington 6011 


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