WellUrban

Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Fireside korero


As part of the Word Festival, last night Thistle Hall stoked up the (electric) fire for Fireside Korero. Amid the usual open mic clich├ęs (public-bar doggerel, undergraduate angst and wild-eyed anarchists) there were some vigorous performance skills, subtle allusions, and even some attention to language. I loved the fantasy of Frank Sargeson and the bananas at New World!

There was also a true sense of camaraderie and welcome (though Don Brash or Kerry Prendergast might have found otherwise if they'd turned up). At 7 tonight, you can see the best of the festival performing in Howltearoa ("I have seen the best minds of my generation getting stoned on Cuba St..." etc).

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