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The Lowdown

Lowdown: Creative Contributions Leave Lasting Legacy
3 days ago

Lowdown: Creative Contributions Leave Lasting Legacy

From the passing of community icons to recognition for leading creative minds - and how your opinion could be worth $2K - your arts news bulletin keeps you on the pulse.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Funding Pressure & Finding Philanthropy
1 week ago

Lowdown: Funding Pressure & Finding Philanthropy

Standing up to keep arts accessible and affordable, celebrating important wins and milestones and proactive steps for the future of creativity - all in this week's arts news bulletin.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: World First For NZ Arts Organisation
2 weeks ago

Lowdown: World First For NZ Arts Organisation

We go behind the new digital approach one Aotearoa creative heavyweight is taking to increase its audience, art's influence of a tumultuous Waitangi holiday and other industry news. 

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Contenders Named For Coveted $65,000 Prize
3 weeks ago

Lowdown: Contenders Named For Coveted $65,000 Prize

Heavyweights and rookies are battling each other for some of the highest honours in NZ literature, while artistic powerhouses are farewelled & creative opportunities welcomed.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Resignations, Residencies & Recognition
1 month ago

Lowdown: Resignations, Residencies & Recognition

Departing veteran calls festival a "shadow of its former self", as well as huge international opportunities and honours announced for Aotearoa creatives in the return of your arts news bulletin for 2024.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Hard Decisions, New Directions & Last Calls
2 months ago

Lowdown: Hard Decisions, New Directions & Last Calls

Creative announcements ranging from bitter to sweet, a must-see opportunity for NZ curators, finalists found and new leaders step up - all in a busy week of arts news.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Big Names, Record Turn Outs & Plenty Of Pride
3 months ago

Lowdown: Big Names, Record Turn Outs & Plenty Of Pride

Major announcements and much-loved local events dominate the week's arts and culture news, with plenty to look forward to for the creative community.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: GLAM Leader On The Move
3 months ago

Lowdown: GLAM Leader On The Move

Bright new opportunities, major successes and mysteries solved in The Big Idea's round up of the big happenings in the creative world.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Big Announcements & Sad Goodbyes
3 months ago

Lowdown: Big Announcements & Sad Goodbyes

The latest news from around the traps of the creative community - including one of NZ's top festivals revealing their biennial line-up, important news looming from CNZ, awards, accolades and the passing of a dedicated advocate for the arts.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Bringing Art Back To The Public Eye
3 months ago

Lowdown: Bringing Art Back To The Public Eye

Creativity is hitting the streets and clifftops of Aotearoa - we look at what it takes to get these crucial events up and running, plus a bevy of awards, success stories and a farewell to a legendary New Zealand performer.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Aotearoa Artists Stand Tall Amid Post-Voice Backlash
4 months ago

Lowdown: Aotearoa Artists Stand Tall Amid Post-Voice Backlash

A delegation of creatives show support for Indigenous Australians during Sydney showcase - plus the latest milestones, achievements, announcements and happenings in NZ's artistic community.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor
Lowdown: Breaking Bad News For Dancers
4 months ago

Lowdown: Breaking Bad News For Dancers

A door closes just after it opens in what now shapes as a one-off golden opportunity, unprecedented collaborations for Aotearoa creative forces, big announcements and homecomings for the NZ arts community.

Author:  The Big Idea Editor