This Project hosted 6 monthly poetry/music/art sharing gigs at the new arts space/shop Dung Beetle in New Lynn. The events focused on giving a platform to locals and marginalised communities, specifically to our LGBTQIA+ communities to perform and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
Poetry with Aiwa pooamorn and Gemishka Chetty
Raranga Weaving Workshop
A 3 hour workshop with resident artist Ahi Raranga at Dung beetle learning the basics of weaving. This workshop includes basics around harvesting and kaupapa when working with Harekeke.
Hun Lynch and Isabella Austin – Music at Dung beetle
Luna Leo Lee Art Exhibition
Luna Leo Lee is an intuitive artist making abstract art and useable objects to bring joy and playfulness to the everyday. Their work explores a sense of push-pull by using structure, repetition, and instinct; a blend of stimming and synaesthesia to quell anxiety and spark delight. Luna aims to be the bright, queer, neurodiverse light they want to see in the world. Join us for the opening of their exhibition at Dung beetle space!Dung Beetle Space – Reopening w/ musical guests Randa & DC MaxwellDung Beetle Space has moved to a new location (next door) and are celebrating the re-opening with special guest musicians Randa & DC Maxwell.
Poetry workshop// open mic with Nathan Joe
A writing / poetry workshop followed by performance by Nathan Joe and then open mic for anyone wanting to share. Nathan Joe is a Chinese-Kiwi playwright (2021 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award) and performance poet (2020 National Slam Champion).He was the 2019 NZ Young Writers Festival writer-in-residence, a 2020 Ursula Bethell writers-in-residence, a 2021 Art Centre resident, and currently a 2022 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow.Most recently, his play Scenes from a Yellow Peril is set to have its world premiere at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in June.
Previous work includes curating BIPOC spoken word event DIRTY PASSPORTS at Basement Theatre, co-creating Slay the Dragon or Save the Dragon or Neither with A Slightly Isolated Dog, and directing Yang/Young/杨 for Auckland Theatre Company.