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Auckland arts making a comeback

Twenty-five projects are set to be boosted with matched grants as part of the Auckland Arts Comeback initiative.

Auckland City Councillor, Alf Filipaina, Chair of Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee says the calibre of the projects was “incredible”.

“There were so many great projects submitted. It was a challenge to get the number down to just twenty-five but the ones that have been selected are amazing. It is a reminder of how talented the creative sector in Tāmaki Makaurau is.”

“I am looking forward to watching these artists’ projects on the Boosted website as they go through crowdfunding process and learning more about their plans for project execution,” he said.

Supporting the creative sector in Tāmaki Makaurau was a priority, said Councillor Filipaina.

“The arts have been one of Auckland’s sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 protection measures so helping artists build long-term sustainability is the right thing to do.”

The 25 selected Tāmaki creatives will seek donations through their Boosted crowdfunding campaign, encouraging co-investment with Aucklanders.

This will be matched by a grant from Auckland Council of $2,000, once the crowdfunding total surpasses $2,000.

The successful artists will also receive mentoring and support from Boosted.

The creative projects selected include a wide range of genres and represents the diverse communities that make up Tāmaki Makaurau, something that excites Boosted General Manager, Jessica Palalagi.

“Tāmaki Makaurau artists have really responded, and the creativity is clearly evident in what has been submitted,” she said.

“So many of the creatives were absolutely thrilled to have their project selected and supported. They can’t wait to share something that audiences in Tāmaki Makaurau will enjoy.”

Included in the 25 projects are a podcast series, theatre shows, dance performances, visual art exhibitions, comedy shows, web series, photography exhibitions and music videos.

The twenty-five projects that have been selected for matched-funding are (alphabetically listed):

  • Auckland Artists Network
  • The Multiversity Show – AUT Performing Arts
  • Bad for Education, Good for Health 2 by William Walker
  • The Creative Mother Podcast by Kate Hursthouse
  • E NOHO – Connecting Aotearoa Through Music & Storytelling
  • For Your Satisfaction by Acacia O’Connor
  • FRANCMARIE – TUPU by Frankie Lolohea
  • Helena by Miriam Eskildsen
  • Christmas is Coming by Patrick Kelly
  • Keep Calm and YOLO by Ant Tarrant
  • The Jerome Incident by Pete Force
  • Make Your Noise by Jamie Wanders
  • Midnight Mistress by Ema Barton
  • Mouthful Comedy – Miniature Comedy Festival by Conor Dunbar
  • Munster by Jacob Reynolds
  • PAPERCITY Music Video by Alex Hargreaves
  • a story re-written by Hōne Hernandez
  • PHOTO OP. by Emil McAvoy
  • The Potential for Rain by Navi Collaborative
  • The Shadow Peak Series by Sarah Dawse
  • TE KAAHU O RANGI on vinyl by Theia
  • He Manu Ka Rereby Amos Pongo
  • Vivie by MHM Productions
  • “Where My Asians At?” by Reshma Martin

Additionally, Boosted will highlight all Tāmaki-based creative projects on the platform during the month of April. Any Auckland artists are invited to join the Auckland Arts Comeback by crowdfunding their mahi on

The crowdfunding period starts Friday 1 April – go to the Boosted website to explore artists’ projects and make a donation.

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