SunLive – Incubated ideas come to rest

The Incubator Creative Hub is celebrating a million things at once with a one-day showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 called HATCH.

Because that’s what an incubator does. It hatches ideas until they come true!

Saturday’s Hatch celebrations offer attendees the chance to peer into each of the creative spaces that fall under the Incubator umbrella, with the event offering something for everyone.

Simone Anderson, director of the Incubator Creative Hub, says Hatch will feature moving and static images and sounds throughout the day with live music, singers and DJs on the new outdoor stage, improv theater, street performances, caricatures, pottery and painting demonstrations, food trucks, along with with rock painting activities and a gnome making workshop.

“In addition to the entertainment, there will be six new art exhibits, including the very popular 114 exhibit.

“114 gives art lovers the chance to get their hands on an original work of art from a range of well-known and respected artists, including Nick Eggleston, Constanza Briceno and Elizabeth Kyle, for a bargain price of $114 each.

“This event has been running for several years now and always attracts a large crowd, a rare opportunity to get your hands on quality art from recognized artists at an amazing price. You don’t often need crowd control for an exhibition, but if previous years are an example, this will be a busy place.”

Simone says The Incubator has been providing basic art and creativity to Tauranga for nine years.

“From a few artists in our big red shed, we now overarch a huge group of creatives working in a range of media, including everything from ceramics to photography, fashion, fine arts, tōī Māori and film, throughout the historic village.

“We have had so many comments from visitors that they were surprised to discover the range of creativity available in the village.”

During the open day, the public can take a look at Te Whare Toi o te Moana – Whare Thompson’s whakairo workshop and company, Native Designz.

“If you’ve ever wanted to see Māori carving up close, this is your chance. The old fire station building has recently been extensively modernized by The Historic Village.

“The building upgrade will allow Whare and other master sculptors to run wānanga, for those new to carving and those looking to expand their knowledge and skills, creating the new generation of artisans.” Visitors can see Toi Whakairo up close.

And in the Village Cinema, which is part of the Incubator, a selection of Loading Docs short documentaries will be screened.

“Loading Docs is a great initiative that produces short documentaries that inspire and challenge audiences locally and internationally,” said Film Coordinator Melanie Mills. “Their work has been viewed by over 17 million people, so it’s a huge privilege for us to be able to showcase their work.”

Hatch will also launch the Community Christmas Trees project. This annual event is extremely popular – each year 22 community groups, kura and organizations are invited to paint and decorate discs used to decorate the trees.

The Christmas trees are presented as an avenue of trees within the main gate of The Historic Village.

“So much will happen that day,” says Simone. “We are all looking forward to a great day out for Tauranga.” Liege 2022 is

Hatch 2022 is on Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Historic Village, 17e Avenue, Tauranga. Entrance is free.

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