Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
This delight ful advert from 1961 says:
"Communication is a mutual delight enhanced by the accompaniment of a drink that is stimulating and yet relaxing to both mind and body. 'Myers' is the spirit of congeniality; it is a well tempered rum produced by men who know their craft and enjoy what they know"
Friday, February 10, 2017
Ahead of WOMAD 2017 The CoffeeBar Kid interviews Ahmed Gallab over the phone in new York. With a falsetto voice drifting over driving beats and layered synth lines, the compelling sound of Sinkane defines Ahmed Gallab’s journey from a childhood in London and Sudan to Brooklyn, where his music took flight. His style-hopping sonic influences embrace Afrobeat, pop and soul grooves and the result is a seamless and seductive cross-cultural mesh.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
WATER AT WOMAD
Womad wants to encourage people to choose reusable commodities and minimise the amount of waste going to landfills. They're also believe water is a resource that people should always have free access to.
So, in 2017 we've teamed up with Globelet to rework water at WOMAD. They'll no longer be selling disposable water bottles, WOMAD will now feature a number of water fountains.Festival goers can either buy a Globelet reusable drink bottle or bring their own (non-glass, empty) drink bottle and fill up for free at one of the water fountains.
In the mood for something a bit fancy? Sparkling water and filtered, chilled water will also be available at the Aqua+ station at a cost of $2 per 500mLs.
Globelet resuable drink bottles can be purchased from the WOStore and the Aqua+ station and will be $5 each.
Festival Tip: Look out for the black tap image on the WOMAD Map - this will show you where the free water fountains are located on-site!
FESTIVAL CO2 OFFSETS
We've been offsetting our carbon emissions since 2012 and have contributed to a number of initiatives including tree planting across Australasia and India.
For 2017 we've made the move to offset our emissions solely in New Zealand and have partnered with Ekos to support the Rarakau Rainforest, located on Māori land in the South Island.
The Māori landowners at Rarakau have given up the right to sell rainforest timber in exchange for the opportunity to sell carbon credits. This project is certified and is New Zealand's first and only rainforest carbon project that protects tall indigenous forest!
We buy carbon credits with Ekos to offset the festival's carbon footprint, this includes everything from waste, freight, electricity, accommodation, artist and stall holder travel, our merchandise and wristband manufacturing - even the cable ties we use!
You can offset your carbon emissions too
Ekos have estimated the average WOMAD participant causes just under 0.35 tCO2e emissions from travel, accommodation and off-site waste. $6 buys 0.35 tCO2e carbon offsets to 'neutralise' these emissions so that your WOMAD experience does not contribute to climate change. By offsetting your emissions you'll also be helping to save the Rarakau Rainforest.
You can offset your CO2 emissions as a WOMAD 2017 participant for $6.00 per person. Each participant will receive an official certificate:
See more at www.womad.co.nz
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
The Havana Coffee Works Story is a biography of a home-grown business, from its beginnings in Cuba Street, Wellington to its current coffee empire status. A visual symphony of cars, cigars, cafes and coffee roasters. It is also a social history of Cuba Street and Wellington over the last three decades, with larger-than-life personalities, guts, determination and turf wars.
Leo White was born in Auckland on 4 July 1906. His lifelong love of photography was sparked as a young boy when he acquired a Brownie box camera. Before he turned 20, White was a photographic contributor to major major New Zealand periodicals - The NZ Herald, The Auckland Star and The Christchurch Weekly Press.
He also knew the importance of being first off the mark in publishing. When he covered important events outside of Auckland, White would always take his 'baby Austin' car to seal his chance at the first image. It meant he could race home and beat the competition, who generally travelled by train.
White captured some of the first images of Auckland from the air in 1921, beginning a lifelong passion for flying which he combined with his love of photography. By 1945 White established the now famous Whites Aviation Ltd.
Today the hand tinted photographs captured by Leo White are highly sought after and are a great reference to the history of New Zealand. Every single photo coloured by hand? Using cotton wool? Yes, such was the era of hand-coloured photography – a painting and photograph in one – the way you got a high-quality colour photo before colour photography became mainstream. Some of New Zealand’s best hand-coloured photos were produced by Whites Aviation from 1945. For over 40 years, the glorious scenic vistas were a sensation, adorning offices and lounges around the land; patriotic statements within New Zealand’s emerging visual arts. Now, despite massive changes in society and photography, the stunning scenes and subtle tones still enchant, as coveted collectibles; decorations on screen; and as respected pieces of photographic art.
Whites Aviation Ltd was established 1945 by Leo White (1906-1967) to produce a series of popular illustrated publications of aviation history and aerial photography. White began to freelance as a photographer in the 1920s, and later worked for the Weekly News. He was closely involved with aviation in Auckland 1920s-1930s, and pioneered aerial photography in the region. He compiled Wingspread, a history of New Zealand aviation, in 1941; and served as a photographer with the RNZAF during WWII. During the early 1950s he covered New Zealand by air, taking photographs for Whites pictorial reference of New Zealand. In 1988 the business was purchased by Air Logistics.
What an absolutely fabulous book. A large coffee table format, biographical information about not only White, himself but his 'ladies' in the studio. I learned that to further his company's income many of their commissioned photos were used not only for commercial and civic purposes but also recoloured for display on the walls of good homes all around New Zealand.