On Monday 17th of October FIR Press released Lee Posna’s debut book of poetry, Arboretum, at 17 Tory St in Wellington. A healthy crowd were delighted with free copies of the book, red wine and a range of delicious foods.
On Sunday 2 October Litcrawl launched their 2016 line up at 17 Tory St with coffee, champagne and cake. Chairperson of the trust Brannavan Gnanalingam spoke alongside Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Andre and Claire from Litcrawl.
Liam and Hannah have been living zero waste for 18 months. They shared their story to a standing room only audience of 150+, discussing current national policy on waste minimisation, as well as live demos on how to make zero waste household products. Attendees left invigorated and inspired, with a toolkit of tips to fuel … Continue reading
A film about the Māori Land March, “Te Matakite o Aotearoa” (1975) was screened at 17 Tory Street on Saturday 14th May 2016. The event began with a karakia and a talk by Keri Lawson-Te Aho, from University of Otago, focusing on the ways in which the state has historically used the prison system to … Continue reading
Over 20 people attended the Freedom Shop film screening and discussion on ‘Border Militarisation’. It was a great night with several short film clips shown followed by an hour of open-floor discussion about the subject. Hopefully there will be many more.
On June 3, Lawrence & Gibson released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s new novel A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse at Tory St. Gin and Tonic flowed liberally as did the conversation between the young literary crowd. The evening was capped with the dulcet songs of Ruth Mundy and the uplifting accordion of Vorn.
Read Alive is presented by The Lord Lackbeards Touring Company in partnership with Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand. Read Alive specifically aims to give emerging directors and actors experience with texts and staging conventions from Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. The programme of staged readings challenges emerging directors to produce plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean … Continue reading
The Warung Kopi community group hosted a film screening of ‘Merantau‘. From their organiser: “We had around 25 people attend, and we had a great time. The venue was great, and for lots of people it was their first time to 17 Tory Street, and they were very impressed with what you guys are doing … Continue reading
Kenneth Bailey and Lucy Wheeler Photo by Ashley Mackenzie-white On Tuesday the 29th of March an event was organised to host Kenneth Bailey from the Design Studio for Social Intervention from Boston. The conversation was orientated by Food Sovereignty with support from members of Kava Club AtiAueTuhoe, Ashley Mackenzie-white and Kava Club co-founder Leilani A … Continue reading
B-Side Stories host Martin Andrews attends the monthly Kava Club meeting “Chop Suey Hui”. The Kava Club is a community of Pasifika & Maori creatives collaborating, connecting, supporting and networking from 17 Tory St. Each month they meet to eat and drink together with guest speakers discussing a pre organised topic. This months topic was … Continue reading
On September 6th the fourth Food Court reading and zine was held at 17 Tory St. Food Court is a bimonthly reading series and literary zine that puts experienced readers and writers alongside new ones. It featured readings by Simon Gennard, Rosie Cann, Annabel Hawkins, Ryan Knighton and Kerry Donovan Brown and the zine had … Continue reading
Tim Corballis launched his latest book R.H.I. (VUP) at 17 Tory Street on 19 August. R.H.I. combines two novellas, based on events in the lives of Joan Riviere, an early British lay psychoanalyst, and Hermann Henselmann, postwar Chief Architect of the German Democratic Republic, respectively. Fergus Barrowman, launching the book, said it was not so … Continue reading
This weekend Tory Street hosted a packed-out and highly successful fundraiser for Naming New Zealand. Naming NZ is a new organisation to help transgender, gender diverse and intersex youth with updating their identity documents to correctly reflect their sex and gender. Pre-loved clothing was donated from all over Wellington and the one-day sale drew over 1000 shoppers – many … Continue reading
Oil Free Wellington hosted the first of its public forums on climate justice and intersections with other movements on Tuesday night with a panel on Climate and Work. Speakers Helyeni Pratley (Unite Union), Joe Fleetwood (Maritime Union), Ed Miller (First Union) and Tim Jones (Coal Action Network [CANA]) spoke on a huge range of issues … Continue reading
Along with their regular, first Wednesday of the month event at Meow, Poetry in Motion Wellington regularly host and sponsor events featuring both local and visiting poets, especially performance poets. Luka Lesson, the 2011 Australian poetry slam champion was in Wellington for one day. A full-time poet, he was reaching the end of a 5-week … Continue reading
Ahi Kaa creatives have been rehearsing this week at 17 Tory St. Their festival opens next week – check it out! Ahi Kaa Festival 9 June – 11 July 2015 Bold theatre. Fresh dance. Mana Maori. Ahi Kaa. Under the stars of Matariki – world class theatre and dance will premiere. Ahi Kaa is … Continue reading
“I am currently a US artist-in-residence at New Zealand Pacific Studios in Mt. Bruce. I have been here since January 1 and am working on A Year in Miniature, one 54 x 85mm works a day for 2015. The project was born out of a random offer from a friend of some plastic credit/bank card … Continue reading
On May Day, 2015 (1 May, for those lacking in historical consciousness) Lawrence & Gibson publishing released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s third book, and the twentieth for the collective. Rousing chants of ‘more’ and ‘toast the editorial board’ spontaneously erupted throughout the evening. Gin and tonic were applied liberally to the Friday evening wounds of the week. … Continue reading
A quick report from event organiser David Klein: “Kia ora Tory St and Concerned Citizens, Many, many thanks for allowing my Fringe Festival show to run in Tory St! It was really fantastic, and I had a brilliant time. For your records, it was a sellout season! Approx. 55 people on Thurs 26 & Fri … Continue reading
On 1 March 2015, visiting author and academic Ryan Conrad from Montreal gave a talk in front of about 40 people based on his co-edited book “Against Equality – queer revolution not mere inclusion”, which argues that being able to marry, join the army or the police does not provide equality for queer people. Being … Continue reading
With the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli massacre, the government’s whitewashing of both history and the present is in full force. Key recently attacked the left for failing to stand up for human rights by not supporting the deployment of NZ troops to the Middle East. How can we counter the glorification and normalization of … Continue reading
Kava Club is a Wellington based collective of Maori and Pacific Island creatives. Anyone can come along to the Chop Suey Hui at 17 Tory St to eat chop suey, listen, share stories and be inspired. Find out more in this sweet clip from the Wireless: Join KAVA CLUB on Facebook to stay up to … Continue reading
In October 17 Tory Street hosted the SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition, in support of the vital and inspiring work of Shakti. Shakti is a not-for-profit organisation specialised in the area of ethnic women’s development and domestic violence prevention, who were opening a new safe house in the Wellington region. The fundraising exhibition took place between October 21st – 24th. The event was brought together … Continue reading
Recently I [Stacey Teague] had a launch for my book, Takahē, in Wellington, NZ. Readers included Jackson Nieuwland, Carolyn Decarlo, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Alice May Connolly & Eamonn Marra. It was rlyyy nice/cool, Photos by Simon Palenski, except the last 2 which are via my shitty iphone. Ok that’s all. (Buy my book).
The paint making and painting workshop was a trial at 19 Tory to see who is interested in experiencing a return to old methods of paint making. In the 4 hour session participants ground raw earth pigments, learned where to collect them, some art and paint making history about oil paint, tempera and PVA based … Continue reading
More than 100 people packed into the activist space at 19 Tory Street in Wellington to discuss struggle, solidarity and socialism over Queen’s Birthday weekend. The occasion was the Capitalism: Not Our Future conference, hosted by Fightback. The conference came on the back of the growing development of the electoral alliance between the MANA Movement … Continue reading
GenZero is a youth organisation campaign for climate change solutions and greater political ambition to reduce emissions. Our policy team recently released a report, which showed how emissions are projected to keep increasing in NZ, despite calls from leaders from around the world for all countries to urgently reduce emissions. We’d been told that if … Continue reading
Director Sasha Rainbow had this to say about the shoot for the new Shocking Pinks video: “I wanted to play with the juxtaposition between the almost ghost-like presence of the character, who could be from any era, with the imagery and colours of the letters, which are in Japanese because Japan screams modernity (in so … Continue reading