Doors open to Te Raukura - Kāpiti’s Performing Arts Centre
A significant regional asset is opening its doors to the community on Saturday February 22 with a public open day. The newly named Te Raukura ki Kāpiti will be an important venue for touring shows, with an opening season attracting the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Kāpiti Coast District Council Deputy Mayor and arts portfolio holder Janet Holborow says the venue reflects and serves the wider Kāpiti community too, with local groups and students able to use the versatile and affordable facility across a wide range of performing art forms such as music, dance and theatre, as well as events and conferences.
“The venue has multiple practice rooms and studios which will be in high demand, including a recording studio, dance studio, black box theatre and the Coastlands Theatre with seating for over 300 people.
“Sir Jon Trimmer, one of New Zealand’s great names in the performing arts and a Kāpiti local, is to be honoured as Patron of the new Centre. This recognises his lifelong contribution to ballet and youth arts development, and to Te Raukura,” Ms Holborow says.
Kāpiti Coast District Mayor K Gurunathan is looking forward to this weekend’s opening of an important regional hub for our vibrant arts community.
“Te Raukura ki Kāpiti is already attracting national and local shows, and the Council is looking forward to seeing the curtain raised and supporting its ongoing patronage.”