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Photival photography festival makes a return to Wellington

The inaugural Photival Photography Festival will be hosted by Wellington in February, the first photography festival in the capital for a decade. 

Rat Tribe, by Sim Chi Yin

The inaugural photography festival, Photival takes place from February 18 - March 4 and will celebrate local and international photography, while creating positive change by connecting the audience with local non-profit organisations.

Photo by Myles Little, Photo Editor of TIME Magazine

More than 20 different photographers will be featured in the exhibition, including acclaimed international artists, Wellington tertiary students and winners from the open call submission category.

International confirmations include Sim Chi Yin, Tamara Abdul Hadi, Myriam Abdelaziz and a show of curated work by Myles Little (Photo Editor for TIME Magazine, New York City).

“We wanted Photival to focus on documenting global issues, but we also felt this was an opportunity to go one step further by introducing the audience to organisations that are making progress in those areas. We looked at each issue the photographers are tackling and researched the organisations that would best fit that message, focusing first on local organisations for Wellington and New Zealand, and then looking more globally,” says Photival Director Demi Heath.

Photival is being produced with funding from Wellington City Council, The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Wellington City Creative Communities, as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival.

All of Photival’s exhibitions will be free to attend in Wellington’s central city creative spaces for two weeks during Fringe in 2017: Saturday 18 February to Saturday 4 March 2017. Works will be displayed at eight central city locations, utilising open spaces, repurposed vacant buildings and existing galleries, all within walking distance and free to access.

Visit www.photival.com for more. Hero image by Birgit Krippner