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  • Film Friday wraps up another successful Spark

    Spark Festival of Media, Arts and Design came to an end on Friday 13th August, finishing appropriately with a film-based day at the Lido Cinema. After the final offical event – a well-attended forum discussing the future of documentary-making in NZ – the Spark Finale party wrapped things up in style with wine, snacks, and much discussion of the week. This event  marked the close of  Spark 2010 and offered an opportunity to give all those people working  behind the scenes a big thank you, as well as celebrating with Spark fans.

    During the Finale, the Underwater Collective created their final spectacular glass painting on the Lido windows, completing the chain of artwork linking all the Spark venues. The dynamic artwork has drawn favourable comment from all over the city – and beyond, via comments on Facebook.

    An evening screening of the intriguing new documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

    as part of the New Zealand Film Festival provided a chance for the Spark team, prizewinners and public to unwind and relax on Friday after a busy week.

    Media Arts Head of School Margi Moore said Spark had once again been a very smoothly run event which https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-prix-en-pharmacie/ continues to increase its reputation and profile within NZ.  “It was great to hear so much positive feedback and how much the participants and audience enjoyed the week, which always offers time for

    reflection, discussion and dialogue.”

    Personal highlights for Moore included the event’s opening talk by Elizabeth Vaneveld, the Super Nature session, the Sponsors evening and exhibition opening at Le Mezz Gallery, and seeing large numbers of people from secondary schools and different sectors of the community attending.

    Spark organiser Susanna Wilford was pleased to have Spark go well for another year. “Spark wraps up for another year – once again it seems to have provided inspiring and stimulating content for our audiences. Being an ecclectic festival, the highlights for each are different – for me meeting some of Hamilton’s finest creatives’s at Pecha Kucha, listening Rebecca Swan’s journey  to becoming an artist, Greer McDonald’s optimism for journalism, Mike O’Donnell’s frankness about the internet world, the residency at the Lido Cinema and The Underwater Collective, and KHF Media’s interactive TV.”

    “Each year we sense that Spark reflects the current thinking in contemporary culture in creative industries sector.  This year it is definitely  something along the lines of following your passion,   interactivity – especially with the audience / customer ,  success seems to be come to artists who are shifting away a sense of entitlement to funding and work, and moving towards taking the responsibility and accountability of their ideas and seeing them through to fruition.”

    Feedback from students and the community has been very positive, and all will be looking forward to Spark 2011.