The Kokomai Festival is nearly upon us, so a great time to remind you that you can tune in to all the latest news and views about the Festival on 92.7FM (or click ‘listen live’ at Arrow FM) on Mondays at 1pm and again on Thursdays at 7pm.
What’s more, I realised the other day that over the past year or so I’ve been lucky enough to have interviewed or blogged about one or two of the artists appearing at the Festival! So, to get you in the mood for the festival, why not check out my interview with Madeleine Slavick recorded back in January. Madeleine is collaborating with Anne Taylor, local artist and writer, in the event Objects, on Friday 25th October at 6.30pm at Aratoi. Anne Taylor is ReCooper8’s ‘go to’ expert on the arts in the Wairarapa, and we look forward to her joining the show again towards the end of the year.
Earlier this year I talked ‘tuft’ with local artist Michelle Sandford when she showed me the ins and outs (quite literally!) of carpet making. Michelle is one of the many artisans you can meet on the Open Studio Trail. Having seen Michelle’s work, this promises to be a studio visit well worth your time if you appreciate beautiful things. If you are interested in things of beauty, then do not miss out on a visit to EmmaMakes open studio in Featherston. Emma (the creative genius behind EmmaMakes) gave me one of my first interviews for ReCooper8 – it was wonderful to interview someone in such creative surroundings! Incidentally, Anne Taylor is also part of the Studio Trail programme – check out the website for more details.
And, fingers crossed, this month’s ReCooper8 will feature an interview with Andrew Laking, one of the brains behind The Southgate Band, who are appearing at Featherston’s fabulous Anzac Hall on Friday 25th October and King Street Live the following night. I’ve got my tickets already, and you can buy yours via the Kokomai website.
In a nutshell, there is more than enough to look forward to at this year’s Kokomai Festival!