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November 1, 2019 6:00PM—November 1, 2019 7:00PM • National Library Auditorium, Wellington

Lilburn Lecture 2019 | Gillian Whitehead

Talk or seminar


Breath of the Birds - The Revival of Taonga Puoro

Esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, DMus, DNZM, MNZM (Ngāi te Rangi) will give this year’s Lilburn Lecture. She will speak of the origin of ngā taonga puoro, their revival, and how she has used these traditional Māori musical instruments in her work. The lecture will include a performance by NZSO principal flautist, Bridget Douglas and taonga puoro performer and researcher, Alistair Fraser.

Three times winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the 2018 recipient of the Arts Foundation Arts Icon Award, Gillian Whitehead’s work has been recognised internationally for several decades. Often working collaboratively with artists from various disciplines, Gillian has also frequently incorporated taonga puoro and Māori themes into her work.

The annual Lilburn Lectures are a collaboration between the Lilburn Trust and the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Start time

November 1, 2019 6:00PM

End time

November 1, 2019 7:00PM


National Library Auditorium, Wellington
lower ground floor, Aitken Street entrance


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