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Te Papa to sign MoU

Press Release, Te Papa to Sign MOU with Circa Theatre, Scoop Media, 10 May 2017


Te Papa Chief Executive, Rick Ellis, will tomorrow sign an agreement that will see the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, join forces with neighbouring professional theatre, Circa Theatre, to foster and develop a closer working relationship between the two iconic organisations.

The Memorandum of Understanding recognises the shared connections between the two organisations and reflects a mutual desire to collaborate, commercially and creatively, in order to bring even greater cultural and artistic offerings to the public – including the development of a vibrant and dynamic cultural precinct in the physical space that Te Papa and Circa are situated in.

“This is an exciting agreement for both the Museum and the Theatre”, says Mr Ellis. “It makes sense to have a closer working arrangement between Te Papa and Circa Theatre, as we are not just neighbours in proximity, but we also share the same goals in wanting to develop a cultural hub in the Wellington waterfront space”.

Circa Theatre, co-founder and Circa Council member, Carolyn Henwood CNZM, agrees and adds:

“With our building renovations due to begin later this year, this unique partnership marks an exciting period for Circa Theatre. It will ensure greater synergy between both organisations – who share a passion for authenticity and innovation – and a commitment to provide visitors to the precinct with an even richer, more holistic experience. The potential and opportunities are endless”.

By working more closely together both Te Papa and Circa Theatre hope that they can create a cultural heart of Wellington and one that will increasingly attract more visitors, both local and international.

“As it is, the Wellington waterfront is a wonderful place for people to spend time”, says Ms. Henwood. “We believe that this special relationship, by uniting respective cultural and creative strengths, will help make it an even better and more attractive destination and one that will continue to evolve and flourish over time.”


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