Rotorua celebrates New Zealand Music Month

Rob Howard. Supplied photos.

Rotorua has always played a significant part in celebrating New Zealand Music Month each May and this year is no different. 

While the programme might be a little different, there will still be a fantastic range of live music from local and national artists to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

This year, on New Zealand Music Month’s 20th Anniversary, Rotorua is launching Te Manu Tito Waiata Rotorua Song Writing Competition with a prize of $1000 up for grabs.

Aimed at local musicians, songwriters, composers and lyricists, this competition aims to inspire local artists to get creative and write a song.

Rotorua Lakes Council Performing Arts Director, Cian Elyse White, is looking forward to seeing what the local community create.

“This is an exciting initiative that adds another level of support for local artists to share their unique talents with the wider community. There are some incredibly creative people in the Rotorua Performing Arts sector, and I look forward to further celebrating the skills of our composers and songwriters,” says Cian.

"Te Manu Tito Waiata’ refers to the birds of the forest that sing the sweetest songs and tell melodious tales. To sing a sweet song though, one must write beautiful lyrics and Rotorua is well known for its talented performers.

Entries must be received by Monday, May 25, through our online entry form https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5578293/May-Music-Month-Song-Writing-Competition-2020-Entry-Form which is located on the @RotoruaEvents Facebook page.

The writer(s) must be a resident in the Rotorua District and the work must be an original song, with lyrics suitable for a family audience.

Full terms and conditions are available in the entry form. 

Each Friday in May people can be inspired by local musicians who will be performing live on the @RotoruaEvents Facebook page. Last Friday (1 May) Ben Wilcock kicked off NZ Music Month with the official launch of his new album ‘Goodnight TV’ which was viewed nearly 2,500 times.

This week (Friday 8 May, 8pm) will see local singer-songwriter, producer and live performer, Rob Howard entertain you in the comfort of your bubble. Rob plays acoustic guitar and uses a RC30 to do live loops performing a great set list of covers and original songs. 

Starting his music career busking on the streets of Rotorua and playing at the Rotorua Night Market, he has featured on X Factor NZ and The Voice Australia. He has also played at a range of festivals including the Seafood Festival and GLO Festival.

Check back in every Friday in May at 8pm for a live local performance! @RotoruaEvents Facebook page.

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