The Waiata Project

Celebrating Maori song in the heart of Salisbury


The Festival has found hundreds of singers, men and women (18 years and over) to play a pivotal role in a ceremony to mark the opening of the 2016 Festival. 

In 2016 Salisbury Festival looks south to New Zealand, welcoming the arts and artists of this small, distant, yet confident and vibrant nation to our city. Around 800 years ago, a few intrepid explorers crossed the Pacific Ocean and dragged their canoes up on the beaches of New Zealand just as our Cathedral soared high towards the sky, stone by stone.

We will launch the 2016 Festival with a commissioned Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday 27 May in the Cathedral Close. Representing Salisbury, and under the direction of music director Howard Moody, our Festival Chorus will breathe new life into the music of our ancestors, to welcome a group of New Zealand artists who will in turn introduce us to their own culture. And to close the ceremony we are commissioning a new Maori waiata (or song) that everyone will sing, continuing a long and beautiful vocal tradition, resonating throughout the fortnight to follow.
The deadline for participation has now passed. If you have not registered your interest and are interested in taking part in the remaining rehearsals, please download, complete and return the registration form from the link below and your application will be considered.

Click here to download the Waiata Project registration form

Click here to pay your Waiata Project registration fee


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