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Welcome to Festival Zone for Queens Birthday weekend.  It's the start of the 2011 Festival!  This Festival is a tribute to the photographers, curators, galleries and the public of Auckland - most all of them ratepayers - who support this Festival. So go out and enjoy this free Festival while you can.

Talking Culture Symposium - Conflict Photography - Saturday 4 June

 Tim Page - Vietnam 1965
Ambush of convoy to relieve Special Forces camp at Du Co September 1965 - Tim Page

Our Talking Culture Symposium this year focuses on conflict as represented through photography. Our four speakers include John Miller, Tim Page and Veronique Cornille and war correspondent Jon Stephenson as a great addition to the programme. All of our speakers have a story to tell. Come along and join in the discussion at the Goodman Fielder Room in the Aotea Centre from 10.30am.  It's a FREE event not to be missed. Supported by Creative NZ, Asia NZ and Auckland Council. 


Climate - Saturday 4 June • 2pm

Michael Hall, climate change photographer, talks at Whitespace. T 361 6331


Brian Brake; Lens On The World - Curator's Talk

Sunday 5 June at 11am by Athol McCredie, Photography Curator at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Athol will give an insight to this fantastic exhibition of Brian Brake's life work. Not to be missed! At Auckland Art Gallery. With time for a coffee or lunch before the Art Lounge sessions start!

Art Lounge Sessions - Sunday 5 June, 1pm & 3pm

The first week of Art Lounge Sessions in the New Gallery includes Paul McNamara, Director of McNamara Gallery, Wanganui presenting The Exhibition and Collection of NZ Photography Nationally and Internationally at 1pm.  A presentation outlining our efforts to expose creative photography to as wide an audience as possible, and to further our aim of promoting lens-based media, and exploring the range of practice.

Sascha Weidner

Sascha Weidner

At 3pm German Fine Arts photographer Sascha Weidner who will present Until It Hurts - Photography as a Picture of Empathy and Pictorial Narration. This presentation includes his short '9.48 ' shown recently in Adelaide and at Sydney's 2011 Head On Festival.  With thanks to the Goethe Institut. Free. Supported by Creative NZ and Auckland Council.

Exhibitions opening this weekend

So many openings so little time......Friday 3rd June - John Miller at Pierre Peeters Gallery 5.30pm,  Visual Fusions at 5.30pm at NZ Steel Gallery in Pukekohe, over on the North Shore at Lake House the Burlesque exhibition starts at 5.30pm and Haiku opens at 5.30pm at Northart. Out west we have Cognizance in The Packing Shed Cafe and Gallery in Oratia and Transparencies screening at 7pm Lopdell House in Titirangi. 

Be sure to check out Body & Soul at 1.30pm at Shed 10 in CBD and Tranformance at 2pm at TSB Wallace Arts Centre at Pah Homestead in Hillsboro on Saturday 4th June. Plus at 6pm Sunday 5th unwind at the Stafford Road Wine bar with I Contact. Check the Festival Calendar for exhibitions that have already started and are open over the long weekend. Click titles for full details.

Projections - Magnum: Haiti Aftermath: Iraq is Flying Aotea Gallery
Talking Culture Projections - Conflict Photography Aotea Gallery
Talking Culture Symposium - Conflict Photography Aotea Centre, Goodman Fielder Room
Visual Fusions The New Zealand Steel Gallery
Haiku Northart Gallery 4 & 5
Annie Get Your Gun - Barbara Smith Landreth Cafe
Body & Soul shed^10
Identity The Kinder House Gallery
Talking Culture - Art Lounge sessions Auckland Art Lounge
Readers! Jason Books
Through the Looking Glass Te Karanga Gallery
The Way We Live The Lake House
Sampler Pearce Gallery
surface nkb Gallery
Acknowledging Waitakere: Celebration in Portraits Waitakere Central Library
Double Vision Abundance Art Gallery
This Night Never Sleeps... Long Black Gallery

Gravity Festival Tuesday - June 7th


Do 9 photography exhibitions in 9 venues in one night in the comfort of a nice car.  Between 6-9pm you'll be dropped off at an exhibition, and then when you've finished being impressed by the healthy state of NZ photography, just grab another car to be whisked off to another exhibition.  With thanks to Gravity Coffee. And yes it's FREE. And dont worry this is not an imitation evening event this is the original gallery circuit. First Tuesday after Queens Birthday weekend not so much a White Light but a fun Light Night out in the CBD, K Road, Ponsonby, Parnell and Mt Eden. Dont try hard just read this -  http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/5085821/Photography-event-back-on-the-road

Subscriber Prize Draw sponsored by D Photo & Apix

Each month in 2011 one lucky subscriber to Festival Zone will be selected to win a free subscription to the D Photo Magazine worth $39.95 and plus a mystery product prize to the value of $50 from Apix each month.  Tell your friends, family and networks to subscribe to Festival Zone to be in to win this month. See here to subscribe. Congratulations to May's winner, Michele Austen.

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