The ancient tradition of celebrating winter solstice is experiencing a revival – and Wellington’s very own mid-winter festival the Löemis Festival opens on Friday 11 June. Now in its sixth year the festival programme features a mix of theatre, music, gourmet food and craft beer.
But one festival event this Sunday will take audiences back to the past when music from the 14th century combines with an art form from the 1800s.
For the Dead features a quartet of voices performing 14th century composer Guillaume de Machaut’s groundbreaking work Messe de Nostre Dame, accompanied by a 50-metre long moving panorama created especially for the piece; an immense scrolling artwork turned on cranks, backlit and augmented with shadow puppetry.
Baroque Voices director Pepe Becker spoke to us about this unique concert For the Dead.
For the Dead
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Newtown, Wellington
Sunday 13 June at 7pm