Getting art and music out in the community is a new initiative by Masterton Councillor Jeff Workman who wants to make Masterton a more interesting and vibrant place.
This initiative is being launched tonight at Cafe Cecille - from 5.30 to 7 pm - with an exhibition by Greytown artist Linda Dennes, combined with a free gig by Wairarapa Concert Youth Band. It is hoped this will be the first of a regular series of arts and culture events.
Mr Workman hopes to foster street art and other vibrant forms of art and encourage other organisations to stage art and music events.
Tonight's event: Linda Dennes art exhibition, with Masterton Concert Youth Band, 5.30 - 7 pm, 1 September, Cafe Cecille, Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton.
Other musical events this week in Masterton
Dr Ron Newton, organist, will be performing a Victorian Matinee at St Matthew's, Church Street, Masterton, Wednesday, 2 September at 2 pm, tickets $10, students free
Rami Bar-Niv, international concert pianist, will be performing at "The Landing", Landsdowne Park Village, 100 Titoki Street, also on Wednesday, 2 September at 7.30 pm, tickets $20.
Having two concerts by distinguished performers on the same day is a great pity and points to the need for coordination between groups providing musical events. There is an opportunity for Destination Wairarapa to help here.